When BMW introduced the 8 Series back in 1989, it reshaped the full-size luxury segment with a car that was gorgeous, unique, and loaded with innovative features. However, the global crisis and high fuel prices of the early 1990s prevented it from becoming a strong seller, with a little over 30,000 units delivered until 1999, when it was discontinued. Almost two decades later and the 8 Series is set to return. Following the unveiling of a concept car in May 2017, BMW also released a bunch of photos confirming that an M8 is also underway in 2018.
The M8’s arrival will mark a premiere for the nameplate, which didn’t receive the M treatment in the 1990s. Although BMW did make a prototype, it eventually decided that there’s no market for the M8 and the project was scrapped. Times have obviously changed now, and with Mercedes already offering AMG versions of the S-Class Coupe and with Bentley producing the Continental GT Speed for quite a few years now, BMW needs an 8 Series and an M8 to keep up with the competition. Find out what we already know about this grand tourer in my speculative review below.
Updated 03/15/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming BMW M8 Coupe out playing in the snow.
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The Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 Will Supposedly Be Completely Different Animals
The upcoming Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 may share historical roots on how they were born, but both models are going to bring two completely different elements to the table. From a physical standpoint, the difference between the new Supra and new Z4 are obvious. One is going to be offered as a coupe while the other will arrive as a roadster. Beyond that, Toyota claims that the Supra will be the sportier of the two, right down to its driving experience.
Mercedes, Toyota, and BMW Top the List of Most Valuable Brands; Ferrari, Porsche, Jaguar the Strongest
Mercedes-Benz has been named the world’s most valuable auto brand while Ferrari takes the prize as the world’s strongest automotive brand in Brand Finance’s latest annual report. The valuation list is different from the one published by Interbrand, which put Mercedes in the number 2 spot in its last valuation report, behind only Toyota. The German automaker’s spot atop Brand Finance’s report was largely achieved on the back of a 24-percent year-on-year growth to US$43.9 billion.
Xtomi’s Rendering of the Production BMW M8 Gran Coupe Will Give you an Erection
The BMW M8 Gran Coupe Concept showed its face at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this month. It’s an attention-grabber in many ways, and if rumors are to be believed, it could stand as the precursor to the actual production model. But, as it is with the auto industry these days, the production 8 Series is still being kept under wraps while automakers wait for the right time to showcase it in all its glory. With time on his hands, the man behind X-Tomi Design decided to get a jump on the proceedings by rendering what he thinks the production M8 Gran Coupe is going to look like. Spoiler alert: it’s awesome.
2018 BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe
Introduced in 1989 as a replacement for the 6 Series, the 8 Series became BMW’s largest and most luxurious coupe yet. Produced in a little over 30,000 units until 1999, it’s among the rarest and most desirable Bimmers ever built. Come 2018, and the flagship two-door is set to return alongside an M8 version (for the very first time) and a race-spec model. But BMW isn’t stopping here. With some nameplates already available in Gran Coupe trim, the 8 Series will also get a four-door coupe model. The vehicle was confirmed at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, where the German firm showcased the Concept M8 Gran Coupe.
Designed to offer "a look ahead to the most exotic and alluring variant of the new BMW 8 Series," the Concept M8 Gran Coupe also previews a car that "will take over as the new flagship model" for the lineup. This means it will sit atop the 7 Series full-size, and even though it won’t be necessarily larger than the four-door, it will definitely cost more and have more exclusive features inside and out. And, despite the "flagship" description, it won’t take over the 7 Series’ battle with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class and the Audi A8. Instead, it will compete against the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7. The concept also suggests that the 8 Series Gran Coupe will be joined by a sportier M8 version.
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Customer Demand Ultimately Paved The Road For The BMW 8 Series
The return of the BMW 8 Series and the demise of the BMW 6 Series can be attributed to one thing: customer demand. The German automaker admitted as much at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show when it was asked about the reasons for the return of the 8 Series. Apparently, the public wanted the 8 Series to return after almost two decades of being on the sidelines. That demand spurred BMW CEO Harald Kruger to make the decision to bring the nameplate back.
The New BMW Z4 (and Probably the Toyota Supra) Will Debut This Summer!
The new BMW Z4 is going to make its debut sometime in the summer of this year, quelling the uproar over the roadster’s surprising absence at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. The word for months had the Z4 penned to make its debut in Geneva, but the show arrived with no signs of the roadster. Now we know why. The German automaker didn’t say when the car will have it’s world debut, opting only to say that it’s going to have a “dedicated event” before it heads to the Paris Motor Show in October.
BMW Continues to Drag its Feet by Displaying the M8 Gran Coupe Concept Instead of the Production 8 Series
Previewed by a couple of spy shots last week, BMW’s new Gran Coupe vehicle just made its official debut at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show. Believed to be a four-door version of the upcoming 8 Series, the vehicle was confirmed as the M8 Gran Coupe. BMW is basically using the same strategy as it did with the 8 Series, which was previewed by an 8 Series Coupe concept. At the same time, BMW confirms that the M8 Gran Coupe show car will be followed by production versions in both M8 and 8 Series guises in 2019.
2018 BMW M2 Coupe Edition Black Shadow
Introduced in 2015, the BMW M2 Coupe is the spiritual successor of the cool 1M Coupe and considered by many to be a more exciting proposition to the M4. And, the enthusiasts are pretty much right, as not only is the M2 is an authentic embodiment of the rear-wheel-drive, M-badged sports car, it’s also a bit more compact than the M4 and closer to the original M3 as far as dimensions go. With more than 12,000 units sold in its first full year on the market, the M2’s success is unquestionable. Now, BMW is celebrating just that with a special edition model called Black Shadow.
Not to be confused with the iconic Shadowline package, the M2 Edition Black Shadow is essentially a "triple black" treatment for the compact coupe. There’s absolutely no chrome on this car, with every single bright element reduced to either matte or glossy black. Oh, and there’s some carbon finish here and there too, which makes the Black Shadow a really menacing, yet somehow elegant car to look at. The kind that Darth Vader would drive on a regular basis.
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Alpina Works Over the BMW X3 In All the Right Ways!
As is the case every year, Alpina is headed to the Geneva Motor Show with a fresh tune of a new BMW model. This year, the new X3 gets the honor of the German tuner’s time, and once again, Alpina didn’t disappoint. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the Alpina XD3. It’s a handful in more ways than one, which is typically the case when it’s Alpina we’re talking about. After all, this is the same tuner that gave us the B4 Biturbo, the B7 xDrive, and most recently, the B6 xDrive Gran Coupe BMW CCA Edition.
BMW Teases A Sleek, Four-Door Coupe For Geneva; Could It Be The 8 Series Gran Coupe?
The 2018 Geneva International Motor Show is very nearly upon us, and BMW is gearing up for the big event with a variety of hotly anticipated debuts. The latest looks to be a concept version of the upcoming 8 Series Gran Coupe, as revealed in a teaser image recently posted to Bimmer’s various social media accounts.
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The Toyota Supra and BMW Z4 are Expected to Debut at the Geneva Motor show
In keeping with its reputation as the biggest auto show in the world, the 2018 Geneva Motor Show will play host to a good amount of concepts and world debuts. There are two cars, though, that have the potential to steal the show. It’s taken a long time, but we’re finally going to see the new BMW Z4 and the returning Toyota Supra in the metal. All the sleepless nights spent waiting for these two sports cars to arrive will now end. It’s happening, folks. It really is. Barring unexpected developments, the Z4 and the Supra are both headed to Geneva.
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Watch this BMW X3 M40i Hit Top Speed on the Autobahn!
If you’re wondering about the capabilities of the 2018 BMW X3 M40i, you’re going to need to watch this video. It’s not often for us here in the U.S. to see a car like the X3 M40i go all-out on the German Autobahn so when there’s an opportunity to watch what it’s like, we’re going to take advantage of it.
The video, which was posted by AutoTopNL, shows the X3 M40i in a standstill position before the driver pushes the pedal to the metal. Just like that, the X3 bursts out of the gate — notice the driver’s head go back? — and before you can even comprehend what’s going on, the crossover is already pushing 100 kmh (62 mph). The speed rapidly increases to 112 kmh (69 mph), 152 kmh (94 mph), and 183 kmh (114 mph) in a matter of seconds. Eventually, the X3 M40i hits a top speed of 260 kmh (161.557 mph) before oncoming traffic forced the driver to ease up on the pedal. A few minutes later, he goes on another blast and once again, he hits 260 kmh before eventually deciding to slow it down.
The video tells us a few things about the X3 M40i. One, it’s fast. Two, it’s really fast. Three, it’s fast enough to actually eclipse the electronically limited top speed of 250 kmh (155 mph). Now, this likely means that the X3 M40i in the video had its top speed limiter removed, which allowed it to hit the 260 kmh. Still, the run is impressive for a crossover that “only” has 360 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque coming out of its 3.0-liter straight-six engine.
Kind of makes you wonder what an X3 M is going to pull off if the M Performance version — the X3 M40i — is already capable of giving us goosebumps.
2018 BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre
Back in 1988, BMW decided to chop off the roof of a BMW M3. Unthinkable at that time, the decision turned out to be a good one for Bimmer because 30 years later, it’s actually celebrating that decision with the launch of the BMW M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre. The M4 Convertible 30 Jahre follows a long line of models that have been given the “Jahre” treatment. For those who don’t know, “Jahre” is a German word that means “years” in English. In BMW’s case, it’s made a habit of releasing special editions of models celebrating their 30th anniversary, or as it likes to call them, 30 Jahre. The M5 got one in 2014. The M6 got one in 2016. Most recently, the 7 Series got the 30 Jahre treatment last year. Now it’s the BMW M4 Convertible’s turn, which itself is odd because the 4 Series didn’t come to existence until 2013 when it was packaged as the coupé and convertible versions of the 3 Series. Follow that thought, and you’ll realize that the M4 Convertible Edition 30 Jahre is actually a 30th-anniversary tribute to the M3 Convertible.
Video Of The Day: BMW 7 Series Stars In Red Sparrow Trailer
Aston Martin has James Bond and Audi has Tony Stark, and now BMW is getting on the movie star action with the upcoming film Red Sparrow, starring Jennifer Lawrence. The film portrays Lawrence as Dominika Egorova, a Russian ballerina-turned-spy, who finds the latest 7 Series accompany her on a journey of intrigue and danger. Watch Red Sparrow in theaters on March 2nd.
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Car For Sale: George Carlin’s 1996 BMW 850Ci
If you’re ever feeling down in the dumps and need a new perspective on things, I’d like to suggest checking out the comedy of George Carlin. Granted, Carlin was never one to sugarcoat a situation, but his ability to drive straight to the bone of an issue is second to none. His sarcastic, highly intelligent dark comedy is legendary, and now, his well-preserved 8 Series can be had by the highest bidder.
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Xtomi’s Rendering of the BMW X4M has us Itching for the Real Deal
BMW already has a big family of M-badged crossovers and SUVs. The X1 M, X5 M, and X6 M are all in the market. An X3 M is also in the cards, and the X2 just arrived, so you can expect some buzz of an M version arriving soon. Then there’s the X4 M, the middle child in this growing family of raunchy Bimmer M crossovers and SUVs. BMW has yet to confirm the existence of anX4 M, but there have been rumors about its pending arrival, not to mention a multitude of spy photos of the car doing some testing. Even if BMW is (still) keeping mum, the prospect of an X4 M is not a matter of “if” the car is coming as it is “when” it’s arriving.
BMW Wants a 10-Year Supply of Lithium and Cobalt - A Sign of Things to Come?
With an eye towards the future, BMW is looking to secure a 10-year supply of cobalt and lithium, two important ingredients in the production of high energy density Li-ion battery cells. The decision to procure the supply is part of a new long-term strategy that would allow the German automaker to secure significant supplies of cobalt and lithium in the face of skyrocketing prices of both metals.