A new 8 Series has been rumored for many years, however for some odd factor BMW refused to bring it back until now. And I say “odd” because the German brand is in alarming need of a luxury coupe above the 6 Series. With Mercedes-Benz currently selling a two-door S-Class and Audi dealing with the A9, the 8 Series is basically obligatory if BMW wants to stay up to date with the competition. And needless to say, the S-Class was already far ahead of the 7 Series long before it got coupe and convertible variants. Will the upcoming 8 Series have exactly what it takes? Find out in my speculative evaluation below.
The upcoming BMW 8 Series has actually been spied when again in both coupe and convertible kinds, ahead of a likely reveal later this year. Both versions are wearing a little less camouflage than previous models, flaunting more production parts like the bumpers and light systems.
2019 BMW 8 Series Exterior
It appears both vehicles are M Sport cars, largely due to the aggressive front and rear bumper treatments along with the big alloy wheels housing blue brake calipers and large brake discs. For the first time we can see the production front bumper, which likewise features a radar sensor mounted into the lower intake– most likely for the vehicle’s autonomous emergency braking and adaptive cruise control systems.
There’s likewise less camouflage over the double-kidney front grille than previously, revealing an extremely broad model of BMW’s signature frontal design cue. In between the two vehicles, the 8 Series coupe has large consumptions and a more aggressive lower front bumper treatment, possibly meaning a hotter M Performance model with functional intakes and aero elements compared with the convertible’s sporty styling pack.
Comparing the vehicles at the back shows some minor differences in between the 2 models. The coupe gets a more aggressive rear spoiler treatment incorporated into the bootlid, together with a more popular rear diffuser-style insert– however, the convertible’s bootlid does appear to have an incorrect panel concealing the remainder of the tail-lights, so it could be the very same.
2019 BMW 8 Series Engine
We can also see a quad-tipped exhaust peeping through the trapezoidal finishers of the coupe, suggesting this vehicle is most likely fitted with a V8 engine. The convertible, meanwhile, gets away with bad lighting concealing what’s behind its tailpipe finishers. Both likewise feature an L-shaped slit on each side of the rear bumper with incorporated reflectors.
2019 BMW 8 Series Interior
Our photographers also managed to snap the above image of the coupe’s interior, too, though you cannot see much besides the steering wheel borrowed from the 5 Series and 7 Series, along with the fully-digital instrument cluster ahead of the motorist. The rest is covered in grey sheeting, however we have got a peek of the new flagship’s exterior and interior undisguised formerly.
2019 BMW 8 Series Release Date
It’s thought the 2019 BMW 8 Series will be formally revealed sometime later on this year, complete with a range of turbocharged 6-, eight- and potentially 12-cylinder engines. Stay tuned for all the most recent updates over the coming months.