The BMW 8 Series is a legendary Grand Tourer in the past that was produced by German carmakers between 1989 and 1999. The car is offered with several powerful engine options ranging from the 4.0-liter V8, 4.4-liter V8, 5.0-liter V12, 5.4-liter V12 and 5.6-liter V12 engines. Moreover, BMW equips it with three different transmission options that include four-speed automatic, five-speed automatic and six-speed manual transmission. Unfortunately, the Bavarian-based automaker decided to stop production of the BMW 8 Series in late 1996. That’s because the BMW’s 270 engine cannot be re-engineered in order to meet the new European emissions regulations.
Now after its 20-year hiatus, the 2018 BMW 8 Series is ready to hit the European streets as a two-door sports coupe with a sharp, more modern and luxurious design. What we know so far that this new model is likely to be based on the BMW Concept 8 Series that has been introduced at the 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este some time ago. The concept version even features a bolder and quite dashing design, as well as has a design proportion like a Maserati sports car. That’s why BMW is so confident that the upcoming 8 Series will be one of the biggest sports coupe cars in their history.
2018 BMW 8 Series Design Language
The German automaker claims that this two-door coupe will offer the company’s iconic design language, with a luxury touch and quite exclusive design. This reflects the highest peak performance of a BMW two-door sports car. At the front end, the second-gen 2018 BMW 8 Series features a kidney grille similar to the latest BMW 7 and 5 Series. The sporty and high-performance character of this new model is further reflected thanks to the use of carbon fiber front lip beneath, slender laser lights sporting signature, as well as 21-inch alloy wheels. As you can see, the concept version offers Barcelona Grey Liquid as a special exterior color.
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Moving into the cabin, the interior is equipped with a center console and a large infotainment screen, as well as a carbon fiber touch that can be found in the cockpit area. BMW also offers a sleek sports leather seats, while Marino leather with dark brown and white colors adorn the interior area. In addition, between the center consoles, the instrument panel, the door seems to be connected to each other subtly.
2018 BMW 8 Series Specs
Under the hood, the 2018 BMW 8 Series is expected to be powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine paired to a BMW xDrive system. Power will be transferred to all wheels via an all-wheel drive configuration that may be offered as a standard on the highest trim level. In addition, the base model is rumored to be available with two powertrain options that include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder and turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine. The most anticipated is the turbocharged 6.6-liter V12 engine which is expected to be the most powerful powertrain for the 2018 BMW 8 Series.
The European buyers can also expect the presence of diesel engine options in this new two-door coupe. According to our sources, the newly-developed 3.0-liter quad-turbo diesel engine will power the upcoming BMW 8 Series with peak output of at least 394 bhp. Of course, there will be a plug-in hybrid version with petrol-electric powertrain. In addition to the AWD configuration, this car will rely on a rear-wheel drive system mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that will likely be offered as standard on all variants.
2018 BMW 8 Series Price and Release Date
BMW has claimed that the next-generation 8 Series will be a two-door sports coupe with the most advanced combustion engine they have ever developed. In addition, the new model was built using lightweight construction material exactly as can be found in the BMW 7 Series, complete with mixture of carbon fiber and reinforced plastic materials. However, please note that today there’s no official specification data disclosed by BMW, including its power output and torque. Given that the new BMW 8 Series is still in the form of a concept car.
Although the release date and pricing details are still uncertain, but the 2018 BMW 8 Series is expected to hit dealerships in the second quarter of next year with estimated starting price of $80,000. Of course, this new two-door sports coupe must be ready to deal with the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe that is considered as its key rival.
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