BMW only two-door large GT-car in production is the 6 Series which is fine but it can’t really match some of its rivals. However, it seems that this is about to change in the near future. Not that long ago a camouflaged prototype of the 2019 BMW 8 Series has been spied testing on the Nurburgring. The car was considerably larger than the 6 Series and so far it seems that it will be loosely based on the Concept 8 Series which was showcased last month. The production vehicle won’t be identical to it but it will share quite a few design traits.
More luxury and equipment
More powerful engines
Based on 7 Series
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Unlike what some rumors said a while ago, the 8 Series is more than likely going to be based on BMW’s CLAR modular architecture. This means it will feature an all aluminum construction with some carbon fiber elements. This will allow the car to be both light and strong, so it should be able to provide not only a great driving experience but also a great amount of comfort. So far it seems that it will boast a significantly longer wheelbase than the 6 Series and it will be both wider and longer.
The car will more than likely be showcased at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show
The car won’t be much taller though which likely means a low center of gravity. The car’s release date is still under wraps but BMW did actually confirm it for production. Considering the test mule looked pretty much ready it is safe to assume it won’t take long before BMW release it. The car will more than likely be showcased at the upcoming Frankfurt Auto Show. Its price will be similar to that of a mid-range 7 Series with the top end models going well past the price of the sedan.
Starting price $90,000 – $122,000 depending on the level of equipment
at the end of 2018
2019 BMW 8 Series Exterior
It is quite clear the upcoming 2019 BMW 8 Series will not be identical to the Concept 8 Series. While we would love to see that futuristic design in production, this won’t happen. However, there are some interesting design cues which will more than likely be adopted by the production car. The large kidney-grille as well as the slim headlights found on the concept will be seen on the 8 Series. On top of that it seems the roof-line will be mostly identical to the concept but the back of the car won’t be as dramatic. This is likely because the back of the concept is just too much for a production car. An M8 version sporting more aggressive bumpers, a quad-exhaust and different wheels is also going to be made available at launch.
Just like the smaller car, the 2018 BMW 8 Series is going to offer enough room for up to 4 passengers
Just like the smaller car, the 2018 BMW 8 Series is going to offer enough room for up to 4 passengers. The car will actually be sold as a four-seats coupe and not as a 2+2 which suggests it will have considerably more room in the back than the 6 Series. The design is still unknown but considering the concept, it is safe to assume it won’t share its cabin with the 7 Series. Instead it will likely get a much wider center console and possibly a less cluttered interior which should really elevate the experience inside. The M8 on the other hand will get larger seat bolsters, a sportier steering wheel and likely a unique upholstery.
Engine 2019 BMW 8 Series
The base version of the 2019 BMW 8 Series is likely going to come equipped with a 3.0 liter inline 6 gas engine. With a single or twin-turbochargers this engine should easily make anything between 360 and 450 horsepower and around 400 lb-ft of torque. This would give it more than enough power to become competitive. The higher end versions are expected to receive BMW’s older 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 which could make in excess of 500 horsepower and closer to 550 lb-ft of torque.
|2019 BMW 8 Series|
|Engine type||4.4 liter twin-turbo V8|
|Power/torque||500 hp, 550 lb-ft|
|0-60 mph||5,4 sec|
|Top speed||155 mph|
|PRICE: starting $90,000|
|Competitors: Lexus LC 500, Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes S Class|
Both of these are expected to be available with either rear or all wheel drive and an 8 speed automatic gearbox. The M8 on the other hand is expected to receive a larger V12 engine. So far most rumors suggest the car will come with north of 600 horsepower and 600 lb-ft of torque which will make the M8 the most powerful model in its class. Unlike the others the M8 is actually expected to come in all-wheel drive guise only.
- Lexus LC 500
- Bentley Continental GT
- Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe