The all-new BMW 8-Series Coupe has been unveiled ahead of its reported launch in November 2018. The coupe would enter series production at BMW’s Dingolfing plant, which is also home to the BMW 7 Series Saloon. The number ‘8’ in the model name stands for a high- ranking status within BMW’s product range. As in the past with the BMW Z8 and also with the current BMW i8, it is reserved for sporty cars. The 8-Series Coupe is priced at £76,270 OTR (Around Rs. 68.75 Lakhs), while the bookings would start in June 2018 in the UK.
The styling cues have been taken from BMW Concept 8 Series, which was first unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2017. With exterior dimensions of 4,843mm in length, 1,902mm in width, 1,341mm in height and a wheelbase of 2,822mm, BMW 8-Series Coupe features an elongated silhouette with a slim window graphic and a roofline flowing elegantly into the powerfully shaped rear with distinctive “double-bubble” contours. The coupe flaunts LED headlights as standard while BMW Laserlight with variable road illumination and Selective Beam comes as optional. The rear end boasts of all-LED light clusters which extend deep into the flanks while also emphasising the wide shoulders, while trapezoid rear exhaust pipes complete the look.
Featuring an almost fully sealed underbody, the 8-Series Coupe gets active air flap control with adjustable kidney grille slats and Air Curtains including Air Breathers help to reduce aerodynamic drag. With extra-large air intakes in the front apron, a prominently contoured rear apron and specially designed side skirts, there is a host of design features that bring dynamics to the fore. The cabin comes with new multifunctional sports seats in Extended Merino leather upholstery. The headrests are integrated into the backrests and can be adjusted as required both for height and fore/aft positioning. The seat position is adjusted electrically, while a memory function for driver and front passenger comes as standard.
There are large door pockets, a roomy glove compartment, two cupholders and a large storage compartment under the armrest’s divided cover flaps. The backrest sections can be folded down either individually or together in order to further increase the load capacity of the 420-litre luggage compartment. The folding mechanism is released by means of levers inside the luggage compartment. Automatic boot lid operation is also a standard feature, while the standard Comfort Access furthermore permits hands-free opening and closing of the boot lid. The 8 Series Coupé comes as standard with the BMW Live Cockpit Professional, which include an adaptive nav system, a hard-drive-based multimedia system with 20GB, two USB ports (type A and C), plus Bluetooth and WiFi interfaces.
The BMW Head-Up Display also comes as standard in the new BMW 8 Series Coupé. Powering the M850i xDrive variant is the latest generation of BMW’s award-winning 4.4L 8-cylinder engine which develops top power of 530bhp and peak torque of 750Nm. It is linked to an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission while it accelerates to 100kmph from standstill in just 3.7 seconds. Speaking of the new 840d xDrive variant, it derives the power from a 3.0L 6-cylinder in-line diesel powertrain with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The maximum power output is 320hp and peak torque performance is 680Nm, while it does a 0-100kmph sprint in merely 4.9 seconds. Both the variants feature BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system as standard.