2019 BMW 8 Series Coupe Preview
Joseph Dobrian | Jun 15, 2018
- Iconic 8 Series returns to BMW’s lineup after 20-year absence
- All-new coupe developed in parallel with BMW M8 GTE race car
- BMW M850i xDrive launch model features 523 horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque
- Zero-to-60 mph in 3.6 seconds; top speed of 155 mph
IntroductionAfter a 20-year absence in the luxury automaker’s U.S. lineup, the all-new, ultra-sporty BMW 8 Series Coupe makes its return, designed to combine a compelling appearance with exceptionally powerful, responsive performance. The vehicle was developed in parallel to the BMW M8 GTE race car and features a low-slung design, elongated silhouette with a slim window pillars, roofline with a distinctive “double-bubble” contouring, a long wheelbase, and wide track. With more than 500 horsepower on tap, the new 8 Series will zip from zero-to-60 mph in fewer than 4 seconds, according to BMW.
Exterior FeaturesThe front of the new 8 Series features an elaborate, jutting design with eye-catching headlights, updated air intakes, and a new take on BMW’s signature kidney-shaped grille. Standard equipment includes full LED headlights with BMW LaserLight technology, which the automaker says are the slimmest headlights of any BMW model to date. Both light tubes generate the daytime driving lights as well as the low and high beam, to maintain the signature brand look.
Interior FeaturesThe greenhouse is sharply tapered at the rear; the elongated quarter windows terminate in a tightly-angled version of the iconic Hofmeister kink “counter-swing.” The long, heavily raked rear window is a “retro” design feature that evokes sports cars of previous generations. Slender all-LED rear light clusters emphasize the overall effect with their distinctive L-shaped pattern.A wide center console separates the driver and front passenger areas in the new 8 Series. It includes the audio control unit and its function buttons, air conditioning control panel, air vents, and freestanding frameless control display. The center console also contains the gear selector, iDrive Controller, Driving Experience Control switch, and an engine start/stop button.
A leather M sports steering wheel with multi-function buttons and shift paddles for manual gear selection is standard, as are sport seats with Merino Individual leather upholstery and contrast stitching. A semi-electric folding function has been included for the front-seat backrests. Commodious storage compartments are included, and the backrest of the rear seats fold down for increased cargo capacity.
Optional FeaturesThe distinctly contoured roof is available in a carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) version, which lowers the center of gravity and enhances agility. The optional Carbon package includes air intake bars, exterior mirror caps, a rear spoiler, and a rear diffuser insert – all made from CFRP. Newly designed climate seats for the driver and front passenger are available as an upgrade to the optional heated seats.
The standard audio system comprises 11 speakers and a digital amplifier, while the optional Harman Kardon surround-sound system features 16 speakers. The highest-grade sound system is the optional Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System that features Diamond loudspeaker technology, fully active 16-channel amplifier with an output of 1,375 watts, dynamic equalizing, and 16 partly illuminated speakers.
Also, glass applications are available for the gear selector, iDrive Controller, start/stop button, and volume control for the audio system.
Under the HoodThe BMW M Performance model features a turbocharged V-8 engine that generates 523 horsepower between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm and 553 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,800 to 4,600 rpm. The latest improved version of the Sport automatic transmission features a weight-reducing design, newly developed controller, and a wider gear ratio spread, BMW says. The 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission’s controller can adapt shift parameters to the current driving situation by means of intelligent networking with the standard Navigation system. It uses navigation data to downshift early, for example, when approaching an intersection.
SafetyThe BMW 8 Series Coupe features Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, the latest version of which alerts the driver when a cyclist is detected. Depending on the situation, the system can bring the vehicle to a halt to either avoid a collision or minimize its consequences.
Safety options include active cruise control with stop-and-go function, which takes into account both the traffic situation and the selected distance to vehicles in front. The speed limits detected by the Speed Limit Info traffic sign recognition system including No Passing information, and appears in the standard head-up display. This function helps the driver to maintain a predetermined distance from the vehicle ahead when cruise and distance control are not activated.
The optional Driving Assistant Professional feature adds a steering and lane-control component, plus an evasion aid that reacts to pedestrians. The crossing traffic warning includes brake intervention. The optional BMW Night Vision system includes pedestrian and animal detection as well as a marker light.
TechnologyAn almost fully covered underbody, active air flap control with adjustable kidney grille slats, and Air Curtains including Air Breathers help to reduce the aerodynamic drag of the all-new BMW 8 Series Coupe. Narrow exterior mirror bases, mounted directly on the side window weather strips, help smooth the airflow.
The standard Integral Active Steering also reduces the car’s turning circle when maneuvering, increases agility at moderate speeds, and optimizes stability when changing lanes and cornering at high speeds. The system combines the electromechanical steering of the front wheels (including Servotronic function for speed-sensitive power assistance) and the variable steering ratio in the rear axle steering.
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