In celebration of this weekend’s 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans race, BMW is finally revealing the revived 8 Series Coupe in production trim. As expected, this convergence of sport and luxury looks a lot like the recent 8 Series Concept – which is most definitely a good thing.
It’s been decades since BMW has offered an 8 Series, but the new one is paying homage to the original car. The proportions feature the same long hood, slim A pillar design and steeply slopped greenhouse. The car is simply sexy to look at and is bringing in recent BMW design cues like enlarged kidney-shaped grilles and the brand’s slimmest-ever LED headlights to keep things trendy.
Like in front, the rear also features slim LED taillights. Twin trapezoidal exhaust outlets keep things modern to those behind the car.
The 2019 8 Series interior is a similar story to the exterior, with the overall layout very similar to the original 8 Series. This means the interior is dedicated to sporty driving, with a center stack that’s slanted toward the driver and is overall more vertical in design than most other BMW products. BMW has also slotted in new sport seats wrapped in Merino leather and an optional 1,375-watt Bowers & Wilkins Diamond sound system to keep things luxurious.
For now BMW is showing only the 2019 M850i xDrive, which will be the first BMW to be powered by a new twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine. Packing two enlarged turbos, this engine will churn out 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. This power will flow through an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission that’s been specifically tuned for the 8 Series. BMW says the combination will send the M850i xDrive from zero to 60 mph in about 3.5 seconds.
BMW says it has pulled in some of its engineering knowledge from racing to tune the suspension on the 8 Series. The car features a double-wishbone front and a five-like rear setup. BMW has gone to the trouble of separating the dampers from the steering to minimize impact of uneven surfacing on the steering feedback.
Like most modern BMW’s, the 8 Series will offer tech features such as heads-up display and optional night vision. All 8 Series models will feature BMW iDrive with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while Digital Key will allow BMW owners to use their smartphone as their car key.
The 2019 BMW M850i is expected to go on sale this fall. BMW says pricing will be announced closer to its launch date.