The New 2019 BMW 8-Series

The New 2019 BMW 8-Series
16 Jul 2018
By Chris Taylor
The 8-series marque has long been forgotten since its debut in 1989, original production lasted for 10 years and was powered by either a V8 or V12 petrol engine. Ending production in 1999 due to a lack of demand, BMW discontinued the model, eventually replacing the marque 20 years later sharing the same ethos - a luxury sports coupe with cutting edge design and an enormous engine, a perfect grand tourer. It makes sense, then, that the 8-series should be a very pretty looking car for its time as it was 20 years ago.

BMW 8 Series Old vs New comparison

The return of the 8-series also means BMW has found its new flagship model, with a starting price of £76,270.00. Orders are now open for this model, however it's only available with a 320 horsepower 3.0 litre in-line six diesel engine at the moment, with a 0-62 time of 4.9 seconds. Each model will come standard with all wheel drive and M-Sport styling. Eventually, we'll see an M850i variant released featuring a brand new 4.4 litre twin turbo V8 petrol engine with a power output of 530 horsepower and a 0-62 time of 3.7 seconds, it'll absolutely drink fuel when compared to the diesel engine, however the manufacturer stated MPG is 28.3. It's likely that the new 8 series will rival the likes of the Audi A7 Sportback, Mercedes S Class Coupe, Lexus LC500 or perhaps even the Aston Martin DB11, it sits in a niche part of the market and it will be interesting to see how well the revived model will hold its value.

BMW 8 Series Concept and new model comparison

The design itself hasn't changed much at all from the original concept car, the major difference being the placements of gold trim and snazzy alloy wheel design. It does however feature the slimmest headlights of any BMW in the range with the option for Laserlight technology (offering a whopping 600m range). The front end features a large kidney grille as is BMW tradition, there is also a small front spoiler to maximise lift at the front axle and the rear of the model looks very muscular due to the wide wheel arches. The back end features a thin M rear spoiler, slim LED taillights which extend slightly into the rear side and two huge exhaust tips (not fake ones either!).

BMW 8 Series Interior Photos And Lights

On the inside you'll see more-or-less the same design language used in the rest of the BMW range however the upgrade in quality really shines through when you look at the new Merino leather seats and silver trim placement throughout the dash and centre console, even the gear shifter is partly made of crystal glass with the same panache as the shifter you'd find in a Bentley. As for the infotainment screen, as standard you'll get a 10 inch display which can be controlled in the same way as the traditional iDrive, with the addition of voice commands and gesture controls. Lastly, it wouldn't be 2018 without a car as expensive as this having some degree of autonomy, and BMW have delivered exactly that - their latest BMW Personal Co-Pilot system will allow drivers to relax on the motorway as the car will keep you in lane and maintain a speed suitable to the environment, as long as you keep your hands on the wheel of course.

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