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The BMW 8 Series (G15) is the second generation of the BMW 8 Series grand tourer. It was officially unveiled at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 15, 2018.[4] It is the successor to the BMW 6 Series range of models and marks the return of the BMW 8 Series nameplate after nearly two decades.[5]

BMW 8 Series (G14/G15/G16)
2018 BMW M850i xDrive Automatic 4.4.jpg
BMW M850i
Overview
ManufacturerBMW
ProductionJune 2018 – present
AssemblyGermany: Dingolfing (BMW Dingolfing Plant)[1]
Body and chassis
ClassGrand tourer (S)
Body style
LayoutFront-engine, all-wheel drive (xDrive)
PlatformCluster Architecture (CLAR)
RelatedBMW M8
Powertrain
Engine
Transmission8-speed ZF 8HP automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase2,822 mm (111.1 in)
Length4,843 mm (190.7 in)
Width1,902 mm (74.9 in)
Height1,341 mm (52.8 in)
Curb weight
  • Coupé:
    1,830–1,890 kg (4,034–4,167 lb)[2] (unladen weight)
  • Convertible:
    2,090 kg (4,608 lb) (with fluids)[3]
Chronology
Predecessor

Contents

Development and launchEdit

The 8 Series is based on the BMW Concept 8 Series that debuted at the 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este,[6] and featured a new design language and iteration of the iDrive system.[7] The BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupé was also later introduced at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show,[8] and is a high-performance four-door variant of the 8 Series which was unveiled in June 2019.[9]

The production model is based on the modular CLAR platform and has a design largely unchanged from the Concept 8 Series.[10] The 8 Series utilises a double-wishbone front suspension and rear multi-link suspension.[11] The car uses BMW's Carbon Core technology, integrating carbon-fibre within its chassis.[12] GPS navigation data is used for the 8-speed automatic transmission to predict upshifts or downshifts when approaching a junction,[13] and cameras along with sensors are utilised to determine appropriate shutdowns for the engine start-stop system.[14]

The convertible version of the 8 Series (G14) was launched in November 2018. The convertible features a folding cloth roof that operates in 15 seconds and can function up to 50 km/h (31 mph). Changes over the coupé include; new cross struts, new panels for the underbody and aluminium roll over bars for added safety. Initial models for the convertible include the M850i xDrive and 840d xDrive. The convertible weighs an additional 100 kg (220 lb) more than the coupé.[3]

Sales of the 8 Series commenced in November 2018.[15]

EquipmentEdit

Standard equipment includes the xDrive all-wheel drive system, an 8-speed automatic transmission, Vernasca leather, a heads-up display, adaptive suspension, power steering, and split folding rear seats.[16] The 8 Series also features a 10.25-inch display with iDrive 7.0 and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.[17] The M850i xDrive receives 20-inch wheels as standard and aerodynamic elements such as larger air intakes and a front lip spoiler.[18]

Available options includes Microsoft Office 365 and Skype for Business integration, laser headlights, a display key fob, and a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System.[19] Near field communication can also be used to unlock the car via a smartphone. An M Sport package is also available on the 840d xDrive model and features 19-inch alloy wheels, an enhanced braking system, and a re-designed sports steering wheel.[20]

The 850i xDrive is available worldwide, while the 840d xDrive is only available in Europe.[21]

ModelsEdit

Petrol enginesEdit

Model Years Engine Power Torque 0–100 km/h
840i 2019– 3.0 L B58B30M1 turbocharged straight-6 250 kW (335 hp; 340 PS)
at 5,000–6,500 rpm
500 N⋅m (369 lb⋅ft)
at 1,600–4,500 rpm
5.3 seconds
M850i xDrive 2018– 4.4 L N63B44TU3 twin-turbocharged V8 390 kW (523 hp; 530 PS)
at 5,500–6,000 rpm
750 N⋅m (553 lb⋅ft)
at 1,800–4,600 rpm
3.7 seconds
M8 2019– 4.4 L S63B44T4 twin-turbocharged V8 441 kW (591 hp; 600 PS)
at 6,000 rpm
750 N⋅m (553 lb⋅ft)
at 1,800–5,700 rpm
3.1 seconds
M8 Competition 2019– 4.4 L S63B44T4 twin-turbocharged V8 460 kW (617 hp; 625 PS)
at 6,000 rpm
750 N⋅m (553 lb⋅ft)
at 1,800–5,860 rpm
3 seconds

Diesel enginesEdit

Model Years Engine Power Torque 0–100 km/h
840d xDrive 2018– 3.0 L B57D30 turbocharged I6 235 kW (315 hp; 320 PS)
at 4,400 rpm
680 N⋅m (502 lb⋅ft)
at 1,750–2,250 rpm
4.9 seconds

Special modelsEdit

M8Edit

The M8 was introduced in June 2019 and is the road-legal version of the M8 GTE introduced at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The M8 shares its powertrain with the M5(F90). A feature unique to the M8 is the integrated braking system, which controls the usual hydro-mechanical braking elements through a single electronically controlled module. The system reduces weight and works in conjunction with the brakes of the car. The system is configurable via the M drive system of the car. The car will be available for sale in late 2019 in two versions, the standard version and the more aggressive Competition version.

GalleryEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  17. ^ Taylor, Michael (2018-06-16). "BMW 8 Series Coupe revealed - motoring.com.au". motoring.com.au. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
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  19. ^ "2019 BMW 8 Series official: M850i xDrive packs 523hp V8". SlashGear. 2018-06-15. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
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  21. ^ "BMW 8 series will offer 320-hp diesel in Europe". europe.autonews.com. 2018-06-15. Retrieved 2018-06-25.

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