After countless teases, spy shots and official images of the car covered in black and white camouflage, BMW has finally unveiled the long-awaited new 8 Series in all its wonderful glory. After so many peeks and glimpses over such a long period it's fair to say there wasn't much to be surprised about at the unveiling designed to coincide with this year's 24 Hours of Le Mans race, but that doesn't take away from what a truly desirable car the new coupe is going to be.
The model used at the launch was the 2019 M850i xDrive, and as expected, the styling of the all-wheel drive BMW stays very true to the original concept. This new flagship model for the BMW range is therefore much more like the 6 Series it's going to effectively replace than the original 8 Series, so no pop-up lights. Instead of those very 1980s-style lights of its predecessor, the new car gets standard LED headlights with BMW LaserLight technology, and in this application they are the slimmest of their kind the company has produced to date.
To begin with there will be two versions of the 8 Series, the 840d xDrive and the M850i xDrive. The 840d will be powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, which will deliver 320 horsepower and 680 Nm of torque. If you're one of the growing number of buyers turning their backs on diesel, the petrol option is the M850i with a twin-turbo V-8 developing 530 horsepower and 750 Nm of torque. The diesel is no slouch with a 0-62 mph time of just 4.9 seconds, but the petrol is a lot quicker as it gets there in 3.7 seconds. Both versions of the car have their top speed electronically limited to the usual 155 mph.
Of course BMW chose to make this an advanced new model with all the very latest safety and connectivity features, and the likes of all-wheel drive and Integral Active Steering all coming standard. But BMW is taking connectivity to an entirely new level here with the integration of Microsoft Office 365 which turns the 8 Series Coupe into a mobile office.
Order books for the new 8 Series open this month, but it will only start rolling out in the market in November.