The BMW 8-series makes a comeback

June 16, 2018

It was a long wait, filled with teaser shots and all sorts of rumors about what the car would look like or what tech it would have. But it seems like it was worth it as BMW just pulled the covers off the all-new BMW 8-series.

Car fans may recall that the 8er first appeared in the early 1990s as a large grand tourer. Axed after a few years in production, the car is back, this time with a svelte profile highlighted by a sleek rendition of the brand’s trademark kidney grille along with a double-bubble roof. The long hood is still there, this time with a sloping tail and trapezoidal exhausts.

Inside, the driver and passenger get a 10.3-inch screen for the instruments and 12.3 display for infotainment, respectively. The comfortable cabin also gets stainless steel accents, glass controls, wireless device charging, and a Bowers & Wilkins audio system if so desired.

Buyers can choose between two potent powerplants—one diesel, the other gasoline-fed. The M850i xDrive uses the 4.4-liter bi-turbo V8 gas motor that produces 523hp and 750Nm of torque. It can rocket the car from 0-100kph in 3.7 seconds and hit a 250kph top speed. The M840d xDrive, on the other hand, is motivated by a 3.0-liter bi-turbo inline-6 diesel that delivers 315hp and 680Nm. This one can propel the 8er to 100kph from rest in 4.9 ticks and hit the electronically governed 250kph top speed. Both engines will be mated to an 8-speed automatic.

Expect the new BMW 8-series to hit showrooms in Europe this November. And we can likewise anticipate other variants to come along, such as the eagerly awaited M8.

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Mr. Gerard Jude Castillo
Gerard has been a self-confessed car nut ever since he was a little boy. As a grown-up, he indulges in his passion by collecting toy cars (which he started since childhood) and reading up on the latest cars out there.  As Associate Editor, he will ensure that you get your fill of the latest cars in the market, as well as a load of automotive features.