The BMW Coupe returns after 20 years to write a new chapter in outstanding performance, beautiful design, and state of the art technology.
Initially available as the 523hp BMW M850i xDrive variant, the all-new BMW 2019 8 Series Coupe, the latest performance vehicle from the German marque, is the first key component of the Munich-based brand’s luxury segment model offensive.
The directive for the all-new BMW 8 Series Coupe’s design was to provide a thrilling driving experience. Body, powertrain, and suspension were honed to achieve the agility, precision, and poise expected of a top-class luxury sports coupe. Developed in parallel to the BMW M8 GTE race car, which has already proven its potential in the 2018 FIA World Endurance Championship long-distance races and in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the new coupe features an exterior that exudes contemporary sporting appeal beautifully blended with an air of exclusiveness and sensual allure.
Low slung and elongated, with slim window pillars, a roofline with a distinctive “double-bubble” contouring, and a long wheelbase, the luxury sports coupe’s potential can be seen in the jutting design of the front of the vehicle, with large air intakes assuming an even more imposing appearance on the BMW M850i xDrive Coupe with the optional M Sport package. The rear end is composed of sculptured, emotive surfaces that emphasize the car’s width and low center of gravity.
As with any performance vechle, aerodynamics is key. An 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 roof of the all-new BMW 8 Series Coupe mimics the design of the traditional sports coupes by featuring a central cut-out that recalls the “double-bubble” styling of classic racing cars. This distinctive contouring is also available on the optional carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof which lowers the centre of gravity, enhancing the luxury sports coupe’s agility. Further weight savings can be achieved with the optional Carbon Package comprising air intake bars, exterior mirror caps, a rear spoiler and a rear diffuser insert all made from CFRP.
Beyond intelligent muscle, the new coupe’s interior has been designed to help the driver focus on the road ahead and enjoy the experience of driving. The cockpit includes newly-developed sports seats upholstered in standard premium Merino Individual leather, between which the car’s wide centre console rises up towards the instrument panel and encompasses the audio controls as well as the freestanding and frameless Control Display. In addition to the gear selector and the iDrive Controller, the centre console also accommodates the Driving Experience Control switch and the engine start/stop button, all arranged within a newly designed function cluster with active haptic feedback.
If standard isn’t your thing, the luxurious side of the all-new BMW 8 Series Coupe comes with a host of distinctive optional extras, including newly designed “climate” seats, a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System with 16 partly illuminated speakers, and optional glass applications on the likes of the iDrive Controller, the start/stop button, and the volume control for the audio system.
If you feel the need for speed, the BMW M Performance model will be available from launch and promises to provide thrilling ride thanks to a 523 hp BMW TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that has undergone extensive upgrades and refinement.
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