There’s lots of cool tech and power but it won’t come cheap

We’re finally getting a look at the BMW 8 Series in high resolution and ready to take on the Mercedes S-Class in a Serious way. It’s expected to hit the road in the U.K. in November with a price ranging from £76,740 to as much as £100,025 for the range-topping (until the M8, anyway) M850i seen in all of the images we have here. Pricing for the U.S. has yet to be released.

Exterior Design

The BMW 8 Series Coupe has Debuted and It's Stunning Exterior
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The exterior design of the new 8 Series leaves me happy yet depressed at the same time

The exterior design of the new 8 Series leaves me happy yet depressed at the same time. It’s definitely a sporty vehicle - there’s no doubt about that. The nose is rather flat, though, and the grilles are much smaller than on the concept. The fender vents have been toned down as have the corner air intakes up front. The mirrors and headlights are bigger, while the taillights lose a bit of that 3D effect. The side skirts don’t have as much of a supercar-like look to them, but they are more aggressive, so that’s a nice touch. The rear end is more aggressive as well thanks to a new fascia with smaller recesses in the corners, a revised license plate recess, and a more attractive diffuser-like element. The rectangular exhaust outlets are a nice touch as well, making this an official BMW production model.

With all of that said, you can’t criticize BMW for a lot of these changes, as it’s rather typical when moving from conceptual form into production form. However, the flatter nose is a little unnecessary, and the concept’s front end actually looked a little better than this. Maybe it was the pointed presence or the bigger grilles, I’m not sure, but it was certainly more attractive.

BMW 8 Series Exterior Design Video

How Big is the 2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe?

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There aren’t a lot of full specs to go by quite yet, but the new 8 Series should weight less than 4,000 pounds and will include a whole range of active chassis technology to help keep this big couple stable in the bends. BMW promises rear-wheel steering as standard equipment, to go with an optional active roll stabilization system that is said to keep things level under extremely hard cornering. With that in mind, it might be a big car, but it’s not quite as big as the Mercedes S-Class. It traverses the ruler at 4,843 mm long, which is 180 mm shorter than the 5,023 mm Merc. It’s also 3 mm wider (okay, we’re splitting hairs here) and 70 mm lower. It’s clearly the sportier GT than the bunch, and these figures alone could secure BMW a bigger chunk of the full-size pie.

BMW 8 Series Exterior Dimensions

Length 191.2 inches
Width 74.9 inches
Width including mirrors 84.1 inches
Height 53.0 inches
Wheelbase 111.1 inches
Ground clearance 5.0 inches
Turning radius 19.5 feet

Interior Design

The BMW 8 Series Coupe has Debuted and It's Stunning Interior
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The interior of the new 8 Series is as sporty as it gets in true GT form

The interior of the new 8 Series is as sporty as it gets in true GT form. The digital instrument cluster is a tad bit ugly so it’ll take some getting used to, but the tri-color design of the interior raises the 8 Series to a class that’s seemingly higher than that of the S-Class that it competes with. On that note, it’s nowhere near as futuristic as the concept which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it would be nice if there were fewer buttons and if the center stack had that slanted look. The seat design is exquisite with the rear seats looking like a piece of art. And, while I have to criticize BMW for ruining that center stack, I do like the way the central HVAC vents are small and obscure to the overall design. The lower seating position should put drivers in a commanding position while providing a real sports-car feel. Naturally, there’s leather thrown throughout with a few hints of softer material on the pillars and roof.

BMW 8 Series Interior Design Video

BMW 8 Series Interior Dimensions

Shoulder width front 57.2 inches
Shoulder room rear 46.9 inches
Legroom front 42.1 inches
Legroom rear 29.5 inches
Headroom front 38.9 inches
Headroom rear 33.6 inches
Trunk volume (SAE) 14.8 ft³
Fuel Tank capacity 18.0 gallons
Curb weight 4,478 lbs
Gross vehicle weight 5,280 lbs
Payload 772 lbs

What Kind of Technology is in the 8 Series Coupe?

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The interior of the new 8 Series is graced by a massive pair of digital displays. Okay, we’ve actually seen bigger, but the instrument cluster is a (seemingly industry standard) 12.3-inch display while the infotainment display that hovers over the center stack is a 10.25-inch unit. It’s not quite as gaudy as those found in cars like the Mercedes S-Class, so you know it has that going for it. On the driver assistant front, the 8 Series comes standard with cruise control (with braking function) along with Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking. There’s a standard Head-Up display to go with Active Park Distance Control, and there’s even Microsoft Office integration because, you know, you want your 8 Series to be a mobile office too…

How Fast is the 2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe?

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According to BMW, the M850i will make the run to 62 mph in as fast as 3.7 seconds

At the time of launch, it will be offered in 840d, a diesel-powered, inline-six toting powerhouse and the M850i with a 523-horsepower V-8. According to BMW, the M850i will make the run to 62 mph in as fast as 3.7 seconds – a feat made possible by standard xDrive AWD and an upgraded eight-speed automatic with a launch-control function (sorry, three-pedal fanboys.) This engine, by the way, now has 553 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the inline-six diesel drinker is 3.0-liter mill with 320 horsepower and a staggering 501 pound-feet of torque. It’s nowhere near as fast as that V-8, though, hitting 62 mph in 4.9 seconds. It too comes with xDrive as standard equipment with a rear-biased system that will only divert torque to the front when absolutely needed.

BMW 8 Series Driving Scenes Video

BMW 8 Series Engine and Performance Specifications

Engine type N63B44T3
Cylinders 8
Valves per cylinder 4
Stroke 88.3 mm
Bore 89.0 mm
Displacement 4,395 cm³
Compression rate :1 10.5
Engine power 523 HP @ 5,500 - 6,000 RPM
Engine torque 553 LB-FT @ 1,800-4,600 RPM
Transmission type 8HP76 Sport
Transmission type automatic
0-60 mph 3.6 seconds
Top speed 155 mph

Final Thoughts

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At this point, it’s nice to say that the 8 Series is finally here. It’s a bit surprising BMW didn’t delay the debut after that fatal accident in the prototype just a few days ago, but to each their own, I guess. The new 8 Series is an attractive and sporty car, and it’s actually nice that it’s a bit smaller than the Mercedes S-Class. That should make it handle a little better, and with the lower stance, it’s naturally a little more aggressive. Pricing for the U.S. Market has yet to be released, but the U.K. prices convert to a price range of $101,929 to $132,847 – about what you would expect a flagship like this to run and a likely price range for the U.S. as well; give or take a few dollars, of course.

Further reading

BMW 8 Series

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Read our full speculative re view on the 2019 BMW 8 Series.

2019 BMW M8 Exterior Exclusive Renderings Computer Renderings and Photoshop
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Read our full speculative review on the BMW M8.

2019 BMW 8 Series High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the BMW 8 Series Concept Coupe.

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Press release

BMW presents the redefinition of the sports car. The new BMW 8 Series Coupe combines imposing lateral and longitudinal dynamic performance with poise, assurance and luxury over long distances. The new BMW 8 Series Coupe opens a further chapter in the brand’s successful sports car history and kicks off the premium manufacturer’s model initiative in the luxury segment.
An unrivalled combination of inspiring sportiness and contemporary luxury, assured long-distance comfort and innovative user-operation, driver assistance and connectivity technology.
Market launch in November 2018 with two model variants: The BMW M850i xDrive Coupe M Performance model with new, 390 kW/530 hp V8 engine (fuel consumption combined: 10.5 – 10.0 l/100 km [26.9 – 28.3 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 240 – 228 g/km)* and BMW 840d xDrive Coupe with six-cylinder in-line diesel unit developing 235 kW/320 hp (fuel consumption combined: 6.2 – 5.9 l/100 km [45.6 – 47.9 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 164 – 154 g/km)*. Power transfer in both cases is via a further developed eight-speed Steptronic transmission. Both engines comply with exhaust emission standard EU6d-TEMP.
Body structure, drive technology and suspension focus squarely on achieving the elite dynamic performance expected of a top-class sports car. Development parallel to the BMW M8 and the BMW M8 GTE endurance racer. Low centre of gravity, well-balanced weight distribution, lightweight construction using aluminium, magnesium and carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), aerodynamically optimised and virtually lift-free body, powerful engines, sports exhaust system, rear axle differential lock, extremely stiff body and suspension structure. Adaptive M suspension, Integral Active Steering and mixed-size tyres come as standard. Active roll stabilisation optionally available for the BMW M850i xDrive Coupe.
Emotionally powerful styling with new, pared-back design language, elegantly flowing lines, low-slung body, long bonnet, heavily tapered glasshouse, powerful shoulderline, distinctive “double-bubble” roof contouring, long rear window widening towards its lower edge, typical sports car proportions with an exterior length of 4,843 mm, a width of 1,902 mm, a height of 1,341 mm and a 2,822 mm wheelbase. Options include M carbon roof and M Carbon exterior package with air intake slats, exterior mirror covers, rear spoiler and rear diffuser in CFRP.
Slimmest headlights of any BMW model to date. LED headlights as standard, Adaptive LED Headlights and BMW Laserlight with Selective Beam and extended high beam range of up to 600 metres available as options.
Relaxed and luxurious interior ambience, longitudinally oriented lines and surfaces direct the eye forward onto the road. Clearly structured arrangement of controls underscores the focus on the driver and the importance attached to delivering a sporty and dynamic driving experience. High-grade materials, sophisticated interior lighting, trim surfaces rising from the centre console to the instrument panel. Fulled leather trim as standard for the instrument panel and door shoulders.
High-quality options for contemporary luxury: telephony with wireless charging, BMW Display Key, Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System and glass applications for specific control elements.
Low seating position on redesigned sports seats, Vernasca leather trim as standard. Two rear seats also have a low seating position, rendering headrests unnecessary. Automatic boot lid operation also standard; luggage capacity: 420 litres. 50 : 50 spilt/folding rear seat backrest for increased stowage space.
M Sport package with specific design and equipment features that additionally emphasise the car’s dynamic character: generously dimensioned air intakes, 19-inch M light-alloy wheels, M Sport braking system, multifunction seats, M leather steering wheel, illuminated door sills with M logo. The BMW M Performance model comes with features including 20-inch M light-alloy wheels and high-performance tyres, specific M Sport braking system, exclusive exterior elements in Cerium Grey, stainless steel mesh interior trim strips and illuminated door sills boasting the model designation. Also available at market launch are the M Technic Sport Package and model-specific BMW Individual features.
New generation of the M Performance TwinPower Turbo V8 engine combines addictively dynamic power delivery with a characteristic eight-cylinder engine sound. 4.4-litre displacement, newly developed twin-scroll turbochargers located within the V-shaped space between the cylinder banks, optimised petrol direct injection, VALVETRONIC and Double-VANOS, maximum output up by 50 kW/68 hp without weight increase, maximum torque of 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) available between 1,800 und 4,600 rpm. Sports exhaust system with flap control. Exhaust gas treatment includes gasoline particulate filter.
Six-cylinder in-line diesel engine with the latest BMW TwinPower Turbo technology including multi-stage turbocharging and common-rail direct injection with piezo injectors and maximum pressure of 2,500 bar. Optimised emissions thanks to exhaust gas recirculation; Diesel particulate filter, NOx adsorption catalyst and SCR catalyst.
Driving Experience Control switch including ADAPTIVE mode. Clearly perceptible set-up differentiation between COMFORT and ECO Pro modes at one end of the spectrum and SPORT and SPORT+ modes at the other. Neatly judged management of powertrain and suspension systems enables clear focus on dynamic performance, as well as effortless handling in urban traffic and a high level of long-distance comfort.
Standard equipment includes new BMW Operating System 7.0 display and control concept. BMW Live Cockpit Professional including fully digital instrument cluster and 10.25-inch Control Display with consistent, modern graphics. Flat, touch-oriented menu structure for fast access to settings and functions. Customisable display adapts to the situation at hand and provides the driver with the right information at the right time. Enhancement of driving experience through display of lateral acceleration data during dynamic cornering. Intuitive operation thanks to multimodal use of touchscreen display, Controller, steering wheel buttons, voice control and BMW gesture control.
Latest version of the BMW Head-Up Display has a 16 per cent larger projection surface, optimised 3D graphics and additional display content.
Innovative driver assistance systems enhance safety and comfort. Further progress towards automated driving, with Driving Assistant Professional including Active Cruise Control and Stop & Go function, Steering and lane control assistant, Lane Change Warning and Lane Departure Warning, side collision protection, evasion aid, distance information, Crossing traffic warning, Priority warning and Wrong-way warning.
Parking Assistant – automated guidance for parallel and perpendicular parking. Reversing Assistant steers the vehicle when reversing over a distance of up to 80 metres on the same course as the last completed forward parking manoeuvre. Parking Assistant Plus additionally with Surround View, Top View, Panorama View and Remote 3D View.
Complete range of services from BMW ConnectedDrive. Full connectivity between customer’s vehicle and digital devices via BMW Connected personal mobility assistant. BMW Digital Key permits access to the vehicle and engine start by smartphone. Hazard warning via link-up with other BMW vehicles. Software updates “over the air”. Integration of Microsoft Office 365 and Skype for Business.

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