At the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy in May 2017, the BMW 8-Series concept car was unveiled and it is nothing short of thrilling considering the rumor had been rife over the years. The initial 2019 BMW 8-Series had been in production for a ten year period between 1989 and 1999 until BMW decided it was time to phase the series out of production. A lot of Bimmer fans had been requesting for the grand comeback of the iconic 8-series but the automaker had kept mum all the while.
No time could be better than now for its grand reintroduction, taking into consideration that other rivals such as Audi has plans already in place for the Audi A9 while the Mercedez Benz 2-door S Class is already on sale. The 8 series would no doubt prove a worthy rival to these other brands in a competition where the BMW 6-series could not hold sway.
2019 BMW 8-Series – External Body Parts and Inner Cosmetic Changes
The 2019 BMW 8-Series rocks a sporty feel according to spy shots from when the car was first seen on a public road in August 2017. The design is in a class of its own and not just a spin off from the 7 series or some other BMW designs. Aside from little similarities to one or two Bimmers in the market., the 2019 BMW 8-series appears to be in a league of its own.
The car looks bold with a beautiful sharp design. The tailights are sleek and protruded, bearing a similarity to the BMW i8. The rear and front bumpers imbibe into themselves sharp cut outs similar to that on the M2.
The exhaust finishers on the 2019 BMW 8-Series appears trapezoidal in shape.
The body and chassis on the car is a fuse of steel and aluminium, though a few would be cast selectively in magnesium. There will be room for an optional rear wheel steering. There will be a convertible variant and another 2019 BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe variant that will provide more room space for those who will consider that.
The interior of the 2019 8-series is not as spacious comparing it with the 7-series. It is compact and snug with a kind of sloppy roofline that may be of concern to tall passengers. The dashboard is cleanly designed and the somehow low seating position makes the interior feel a little smaller than it actually is. There is a high center console with a very simple and less cluttered layout. The gear selector, with the iDrive controller is made from sparkling luxury Swarovski glass. The control layout seems conventional and uncluttered. There is the two tone finish and a newly designed infotainment screen.
2019 BMW 8-Series – Modification under the Hood
The powerplants are of two variants. There is the 840i, powered by a twin turbo, 3.0-liter inline six with a rate of 330 hp and 330 pound-feet of torque.
Then, the 850i variant, which will be powered by a twin turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine that will produce 445 hp and 480 pound-feet of twist. The 850i variant would be able to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph under just 4.3 seconds with a top speed same as of the 840i coupe.
All of the 2019 BMW 8-Series model would likely be in all wheel drive aside from the six-cylinder base variants. The series will probably not offer a hybrid model because of its prestige.
2019 BMW 8-Series – Expected Date of Arrival and Price
The BMW 8-Series 2019 will hit the markets in late 2018, labelled as the 2019 model. The six-cylinder variants would probably be offered from below $100,000 but the V8 will definitely be somehere clearly above that range. The Mercedez Benz S550 for instance, retails from a base price of $122,750, it would not be far from reality to expect the 850i variants to retail from anywhere above $110,000.