The svelte luxury coupe makes its grand debut as a showcase of what BMW can do.
After a very long wait, BMW is finally unveiling its revival of the 8 Series. The sculpted coupe comes packed with tech and arrives with two available engines.
The production 8 Series looks like a toned down version of last year's concept. The model features a long, low nose with a narrow take on BMW's kidney grille. The hood leads to a double-bubble roof that flows back to a gently sloping tail. Large trapezoidal tail pipes dominate the view from the rear end.
While LED headlights are standard, customers can upgrade to laser lights. In addition, an available carbon fibre package uses the lightweight material for the roof, intakes, mirror covers, and rear spoiler.
Inside, occupants find a 10.3-inch digital instrument panel, and a 12.3-inch infotainment screen sits right next to it on the top of the centre stack. Customers can upgrade the cabin with wireless device charging, a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, stainless steel trim, and glass switches.
Power-hungry drivers can choose the M850i xDrive that comes with 4.4-litre biturbo V8 and eight-speed automatic gearbox. The engine produces 523bhp and 553 pound-feet. BMW claims the powertrain gets the coupe to 62 miles per hour in 3.7 seconds. The company limits the top speed to 155 miles per hour.
There's also the 840d xDrive with a diesel 3.0-liter biturbo inline-six and eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine pumps out 315bhp and 502 pound-feet of torque. BMW reports the turbodiesel accelerates the 8 Series to 62 mph in 4.9 seconds and a 155 mph top speed.
These models of the luxury coupe will arrive in Europe in November, but there will be more variants on the way. Spy shots reveal that an M8 is already under development, and there are photos of an 8 Series convertible, too. There are no details yet when these versions might premiere.