BMW 8-Series set for 2018 debut

Kristi Paul
May 12, 2017

The one that will probably attract most curious looks will be the BMW 440i xDrive Gran Coupe which will be waiting by the entrance.

BMW has finally confirmed the resurrection of the 8 Series moniker at their 97th Annual General Meeting in Munich today.

The 8 Series is expected to be built around the highly successful CLAR platform which now underpins the new 5 and 7 Series, and is expected to spawn the new X7. If the aforementioned Gran Lusso Coupe pictured below is any indication, this near-production concept will be drop-dead gorgeous and hopefully the final vehicle will follow suit. CEO Harald Kr├╝ger described it as a "true luxury sports coupe" and a "slice of pure automotive fascination". The Coupe has a boot capacity of 390 litres, while the Convertibles electrically operated fabric soft-top offers admirable acoustic comfort when closed thanks to additional insulation.

BMW built a previous 8 Series from 1989-1999, Versions included a V12 850i and 4.4-litre V8 840i. There are also new colors and wheel patterns to choose from for the regular 1-Series Hatchback models. Moreover, BMW said that the all-new grand tourer will embody "uncompromising dynamics and contemporary luxury".

BMW has given its 2 Series Coupe and Convertible a facelift. Like the diesel variants, it will get an 8-speed automatic transmission. "It will be a genuine sports coupe". In the United States, the 2 Series is available as the 230i with a turbocharged inline-four making 248 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque and a M240i that turns out 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

At 4,432 millimetres in length, the BMW 2 Series Coupe and BMW 2 Series Convertible condense their sporting prowess into a compact package.

It's been more than three decades since BMW first put an M badge on its midsize 5 Series sedan.

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