BMW has evolved the profile of its luxury sports cars – the BMW 8 Series Coupé, Convertible, and Gran Coupé, with striking design revisions and specification enhancements that strengthen its blend of performance, refinement and exclusivity.
Notably, a redesigned front section makes for an exterior look that is as exciting as it is elegant. All 6-cylinder petrol variants of the new BMW 8 Series Coupé, Convertible and Gran Coupé continue to come with the M sports pack as standard, ensuring the interior design reflects the level of driving pleasure these cars offer. Convenience and connectivity are further optimised with a larger 12.3-inch Central Information Display as part of the BMW Live Cockpit Professional system.
The BMW “Iconic Glow” kidney grille premiers for the very first time on the 8 Series, which is standard on all model variants, whilst the interior ups the luxury ante with the BMW Individual Merino leather upholstery and galvanic controls as standard features.
Based on changing customer demand, the BMW 840d xDrive variant across all three body-styles has been withdrawn from offer in the UK, leaving a choice of either the range-topping V8 M850i xDrive or the six-cylinder 40i engines – both providing effortless performance. Dependent on the power unit, new 8 Series variants feature four-wheel drive or classic rear-wheel-drive propulsion.
The new BMW 8 Series is priced from costs from £72,225 RPP and is available to order now, with the first deliveries due this Spring.
Luxury sports car in three body variants
The new BMW 8 Series comes in three body styles, each providing its own interpretation of sporting flair and luxury. The 8 Series Coupé embodies the classic two-door body shape in the tradition of the BMW’s legendary sports cars and was developed in parallel with the BMW M8 GTE endurance racing car announced in 2018.
The BMW 8 Series Convertible combines sporting performance with the highest level of exclusivity as well as the distinctive appeal of open-top driving pleasure. Its soft top can be opened or closed automatically in 15 seconds at the touch of a button and speeds up to 31mph.
The series is rounded off with the four-door Gran Coupé model which combines BMW dynamic performance, enhanced practicality and a higher level of standard specification including four-zone air conditioning and front/rear heated seats.
A choice of two petrol engines
Two engines are available for each of the luxury sports cars. At the top of the new model range are the BMW M850i xDrive Coupé, Convertible, and Gran Coupé. These models benefit from BMW’s signature xDrive all-wheel drive system.
The 333hp 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine in the BMW 840i Coupé, Convertible, and Gran Coupé is twinned with classic rear-wheel drive propulsion.
Exterior design: accents convey exciting performance and exclusivity
Regardless of the body shape, the BMW 8 Series stands for an unmistakable style that makes a lasting impression. The BMW 8 Series Coupé features a low-slung and elongated silhouette with a roofline that flows neatly into the rear. The design incorporates a flared shoulder section and wide track, while its roof, optionally made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP), features a central indentation reminiscent of the “double bubble” in classic racing cars
Redesigned front end, M sports package as standard
All model variants continue to be equipped with the M sports pack as standard. As a result, they have aerodynamically optimised body features finished in body colour at the front and rear apron as well as on the side skirts. The large lower air intakes at the front are now structured by horizontal struts. The diffuser insert in the rear apron is finished in Dark Shadow metallic. The sportier appearance is rounded off with 20-inch M light alloy wheels in Y-spoke design and fitted with staggered tyres. The standard equipment has been enhanced to include sun protection glass on all Coupé and Gran Coupé models.
BMW kidney grille with “Iconic Glow” illumination and new exterior paint finishes
Adaptive LED headlights and the anti-dazzle high-beam assistant come as standard in these luxury sports cars. As an optional extra, the BMW Laserlights are offered via the Visibility Pack together with Shadowline which darkens the brow of the lens for enhanced road presence.
The BMW kidney grille now comes as standard with the “Iconic Glow”. This illumination is activated as soon as the vehicle is opened and can be switched on or off manually by the driver.
BMW Live Cockpit Professional now with a Control Display enlarged to 12.3 inches.
The standard equipment of the new BMW 8 Series includes the BMW Live Cockpit Professional. It consists of a 12.3-inch fully digital instrument cluster behind the steering wheel and a Control Display now increased in size from 10.25 to 12.3 inches.