By on June 18, 2018

Fair warning: this post will include more photos than a normal news item. Why? Because BMW is once again applying an 8 Series badge to the trunklid of a slinky two-door.

I like big coupés, and I cannot lie.

While other manufacturers are busy running away from any machine not imbued with a tall ride height or a pickup bed, BMW is launching a fabulous-looking thing in a segment long left for dead by just about everyone else.

The new BMW 8 Series Coupe launches with two model variants, one of which will be available on this side of the pond. The M850i xDrive Coupe sees a BMW TwinPower Turbo V8 engine between its fenders, generating 523 horsepower between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm and 553 lb-ft of torque as early as 1,800 rpm.

Two twin-scroll turbochargers with charge air cooling are located within the V-shaped space between cylinder banks. Four valves per cylinder help the 4,395 cc gasoline engine breathe the big coupé up to speed. The 840d xDrive with an inline six-cylinder diesel developing 320 horses remains in der motherland.

Funnelling all this power through all four wheels to the ground is an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, said to deploy wider ratios and unique shifting properties. Paddles on the steering wheel are included for when drivers feel like dipping into manual gear selection, while a Launch Control function allows drivers to accelerate from a standing start with maximum available traction while inducing frowns from the denizens of their highfalutin neighborhood. Bank on hitting 60 mph in about three-and-a-half seconds.

This coupé does look similar to the concept machine flaunted at last year’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy. Twenty-inch wheels are wrapped in 35-series rubber up front, 30-series in the back. Watch those potholes in proletariat parts of town, folks. Curb weight is listed at 4,478 lbs. We pause now for several pictures.

Also from Germany is the equally wonderful Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, available in three flavors: S 560, AMG S 63, and an AMG S 65 with twelve cylinders of biturbo luxury and a price tag that can easily crest $275,000.

The 8er is just over 191 inches long with a 111-inch wheelbase. To give you a sense of scale, that’s a full six inches shorter than the Dreadnought-Class Mercedes. The BMW is also a couple of inches closer to the pavement.

Bayerische Motoren Werke hasn’t released pricing for its own take on the uber-coupé, but it’s a safe bet the machine will start close to the Merc’s opening bid of $124,500.

Here are some more pictures. Can you tell I like big coupés?

[Images: BMW]

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47 Comments on “Coupé-tastic: BMW Brings Back the 8 Series...”


  • avatar
    "scarey"

    Note to Buick- your cars should look LIKE THIS
    except you build a ho-hum generic Chevy/Buick/GM “portfolio”

  • avatar
    Gardiner Westbound

    “It is so choice. If you have the means, I highly recommend picking one up.” – Ferris Bueller

  • avatar
    Stumpaster

    Hideous and DOA. The rear end is done in the best of Lexus tradition of adding lines just for the sake of lines. The window sill is very high, a’la Camaro. The front overhand is reminiscent of an Optima. Stick-on dashboard screen, a’la Mazda 3. Dicks Sporting Good has $200 kayaks with better surface finish.

  • avatar
    Sub-600

    I could easily lose my license in that car. I could probably add weekends in jail as well.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    Nice, but if you look at it from the back, there’s a lot of Mustang.

    • 0 avatar
      MRF 95 T-Bird

      It resembles a larger Mustang or what a Lincoln Mark IX would look like.

    • 0 avatar
      threeer

      Freed, funny that I was thinking much the same. The rear quarter (especially in the glass area) hints all too strongly of “Mustang.” Maybe it’ll look different in person, but it appears to be just a bit too derivative in most respects.

    • 0 avatar
      Russycle

      Yeah, when I first glanced at the profile pic, I thought “Mustang”. It’s mostly the rear glass, but there’s other cues. I do like it though.

  • avatar
    JRobUSC

    You should post some pics of the orange car they showed at LeMans with the Carbon Fiber Package. That thing looked killer.

  • avatar
    "scarey"

    Oh crap ! I just realized what I have done. If Buick READS THIS, they will BUILD a car with FAINT STYLING CUES from this car all piled on a Chevy Cruze, and build it it China and send it here with an exorbitant price…Sorry, automotive enthusiasts…my bad

  • avatar
    ajla

    1. Fixed quarter windows.
    2. No M860i version (at least not yet).

    I’d say Mercedes wins for now. They’ve got this segment covered like a blanket.

    • 0 avatar

      Yeah, on item 1. Undoubtedly most of these will be tinted as dark as allowed, but without tint that looks like crap – the dark window surround there. Especially keeping in mind the old 8-Series (and current S-Coupe) are *pillarless*.

      Definitely a GT rather than sports luxury, at a whopping 4,400 pounds. For reference, that’s the same as a Ford Explorer.

      Overall, it just doesn’t have the elegance of the S550, which is the one I’d have.

  • avatar
    Ermel

    Just as ugly as any current BMW; therefore, probably a winner. Sigh. One old 840 Ci for me, please. If I must.

  • avatar
    kcflyer

    That’s a lot of dough for a GTO.

  • avatar

    This is a VERY fancy Mustang.

    • 0 avatar
      EBFlex

      This makes the Mustang look like a pile of cold oatmeal with a side of lump cheese.

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus

        Yeah but a Hyundai SCoupe does too, amirite?

      • 0 avatar
        raph

        With the exception of the TTV8, slushbox and AWD – which indicates somebody at BMW seriously asked the question “hey guys how can we take a sweet looking and fast coupe and make it about as exciting as a cold lump of cheese?”

        Would have been a much sweeter ride with a 5 liter V8 that spins to the moon (surely BMW could ring a reliable 9k out of a 5 liter V8) coupled to a six or seven speed manual and rear wheel drive.

    • 0 avatar
      Sub-600

      It would look great in the Mustang Kona Blue paint, especially with that brown interior.

  • avatar
    JMII

    Looks great to me, I see a little of the Infiniti Q60 in it just longer and sleeker.

    Twin scroll turbos or supercharger? If they are tucked into the V of the engine I assume supercharger. The heat soak of putting turbos on top of the engine doesn’t seem like a good idea.

    • 0 avatar
      conundrum

      Perhaps you had not noticed, but putting twin turbos in the vee is also a feature of Audi, Mercedes and now Cadillac V8s. BMW was merely the first, starting about ten years ago.

  • avatar
    ThomasSchiffer

    As a native of Munich I should by default like this vehicle; but I do not. The existing 6er Coupe is a more balanced design in my opinion.

    I do, however, think that the interior is very beautiful. One of the best BMW interiors in recent times. It looks wonderful and it also looks very upscale. Perhaps when it is on display at BMW Welt I can examine it in greater detail.

  • avatar
    stingray65

    This is why Cadillac is dead as a prestige brand, and why Acura, Infiniti, and Volvo have never cracked the true prestige market. They can’t and won’t build something like this because the numbers don’t work, but they will never have the prestige and be able to command premium money without building cars like this.

    • 0 avatar
      TMA1

      It’s not as if you’re going to be seeing this car on every street corner, so it’s not going to have a huge effect on brand perception either way. By the time you add the necessary options, I’m willing to bet the Acura NSX will look like the better buy (if it exists).

  • avatar
    pmirp1

    It looks nice enough. Not sure why it can’t just be named the the 6 series, but BMW is confused with their naming standards. Even more confused, they seem to think it is 1990s and keep making coupes that no one buys.

  • avatar
    Kyree S. Williams

    This is the nicest-looking car BMW has made in some time. But is it a two-seater, or what?

  • avatar
    Lightspeed

    Silly BMW, don’t they know a coupe has four doors? Sleek but hideous. I look at the grille and see Donald Trump Jr.’s teeth.

  • avatar
    "scarey"

    @LitesPEED–” I look at the grille and see Donald Trump Jr.’s teeth.”
    LOOKS MORE LIKE DAVID LETTERMAN’S TEETH…LOL

  • avatar

    If I skimmed correctly, you HAVE to get sissy-wheel-drive? It’s not available in man-wheel-drive?

  • avatar
    "scarey"

    Upon further review, it appears that Letterman’s latest iteration of his teeth DO NOT have a Terry-Thomas style GAP. Note to Self- get with the times ! And Letterman is now sporting ( ?) rocking ( ? ) Santa Claus style facial hair.
    * David Letterman was formerly a TV star on a late-night program, on a famous TV “network”…before You Tube and Netflicks.

  • avatar
    30-mile fetch

    That is a pretty sharp-looking machine. I’d like a slightly lower cowl and beltline, a little less bluntness to the front fascia, but in the age of CUV this coupe will be really nice to see.

    Except there’s not enough money in my area, so like the LC500 I won’t actually be seeing much of it. That’s OK, keeps the jealousy down.

  • avatar
    Noble713

    Those headlights are amazing. I want to pry a set off the first wreck, reverse engineer them, and graft them onto my Supra.

    550 ft-lbs @ <2,000rpms is damn impressive too. Not enough to sway me away from Chevy SBCs as my go-to V8 engine crush though.

  • avatar
    genuineleather

    What a ghastly mess; cannot believe BMW wasted the iconic 8-series label on this obese Mustang copy. Where is the greenhouse? Why is the rear quarter window fixed? Where is the Hofmeister kink? Go look at the “Gran Lusso” concept Pininfarina did for BMW a few years ago to see what this model could look like in more capable hands.

    Would love to see a Venom Vellum on this horror, Sajeev.

    • 0 avatar
      Snavehtrebor

      “Ghastly” captures it quite well. Fat as a pig, with ridiculous surfacing, derivative styling, and what I’m sure will be the biggest depreciation of any new model in about 18 months.

  • avatar
    kkop

    Two camouflaged 8-series passed me last week on the autobahn around Munich while on vacation there. These are big cars and I have to say, even in digital black/white camo, they looked impressive and droolworthy.

    Had instant dreams of taking a European delivery of one of these…

    • 0 avatar
      "scarey"

      ” Two camouflaged 8-series passed me last week on the autobahn around Munich while on vacation there. These are big cars and I have to say, even in digital black/white camo, they looked impressive and droolworthy. “-
      Have to ask BigalInOz if he drove those prototypes while he was in Der Fodderland…

  • avatar
    chuckrs

    Is this one of those coupes that can accommodate four full sized adults, provided two are double amputees?

    “What advantages does this motor car have over say…a train? Which I could also afford…” – Sir Homer

  • avatar
    bd2

    Best design BMW has done in a long time, primarily due to its relatively clean lines (still has some superfluous lines and unnecessary design “accents”).

    In particular, the 8 has the first clean BMW headlight design (aside from the i8) in ages – doing away w/ the weird lines that has plagued BMW the past 2 design lifecycles.

    Wish they kept the lower air dam treatment that was on the concept and the lower half of the rear is kinda a mess.

    Another improvement is the dash/center stack design – looks more modern than their played out hexagonal shaped center stack design.

    Speaking of which, BMW has reshaped their kidney grille to resemble the hexagonal shape that has been in vogue by so many automakers these days.

  • avatar
    VelocityRed3

    In late March or early April of 1992 on a balmy Sunday afternoon, a salesman let me drive a new 840 off of the big rotating dias it was on & up a ramp into the showroom. This was in Einsiedlerhof Germany, hard by B40 between Landstuhl & Kaiserslautern. When I closed the driver’s door, my ears “popped”. To this day, it was the finest 4 minutes of motoring experience I ever had. The salesman did what he called the quarter test. He set a quarter on the dash & had me turn on the engine. That quarter stayed on its edge DOWN as I drove the car down the dias & it was not unitl the front end started rising on the ramp that went up into the dealership. It was in a word, sublime.

  • avatar
    craiger

    I like this new 8 and hope it fares better than the previous two BMWs with that unlucky number in their names. But what I’m really excited about is the four-door Achter.

  • avatar
    craiger

    Styling-wise I see Honda Accord and Aston. There’s also some BMW in there and not in a good way.

  • avatar
    church

    If not the (probably) enormous size, i’d say, some Mustang + S15 Silvia mix, which i somewhat even like (as in these pics). But i guess that when seeing it in real life, it’s size may affect how it looks/feels.


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