After showcasing the 8 Series concept in Luxury Pavilions around the world, KL included, BMW has officially launched the new BMW 8 Series Coupe. The new BMW 8 Series Coupe is BMW’s take on 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.
BMW will launch the car in November 2018 in either the BMW M850i xDrive model (530hp V8) or the BMW 840d xDrive model version (320hp in-line six diesel). Both models use the 8-speed Steptronic gearbox.
Body structure, drive technology, and suspension focus squarely on achieving the elite dynamic performance expected of a top-class sports car. BMW made it’s development parallel to the BMW M8 and the BMW M8 GTE endurance racer. It is built with a 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.
In the handling department, adaptive M suspension, Integral Active Steering and mixed-size tyres come as standard. Customers can opt for the active roll stabilisation for the BMW M850i xDrive Coupe. As a driver, you get to use the Driving Experience Control switch including ADAPTIVE mode which allows you to choose between COMFORT and ECO Pro modes at one end of the spectrum and SPORT and SPORT+ modes at the other.
The BMW 8 Series Coupe also gets the slimmest headlights of any BMW model to date. LED headlights to come as standard, Adaptive LED Headlights and BMW Laserlight with Selective Beam and extended high beam range of up to 600 metres available as options.
To impress their customer demographic, BMW fitted the 8 Series coupe with a relaxed and luxurious interior ambience, longitudinally oriented lines and surfaces direct the eye forward onto the road. The 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 a standard for the instrument panel and door shoulders.
Since it is a coupe, BMW crafted a low seating position on redesigned sports seats, Vernasca leather trim as a standard for the 8 Series. Two rear seats also have a low seating position, rendering headrests unnecessary. You get an 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.
A 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 68 hp without weight increase, maximum torque of 750 Nm available between 1,800 at 4,600 rpm. In the sound department, a sports exhaust system with flap control sings an audible orchestra as you rev the engine.
On the other side, you can choose a 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 a maximum pressure of 2,500 bar.
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.
With new technology comes innovative driver assistance systems enhance safety and comfort. BMW is moving 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.
You also get 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.