BMW 8 Series
The BMW 8 Series is a Grand Tourer built by BMW from 1989 to 1999 powered by either a V8 or V12 engine. While it did supplant the original E24 based 6 Series in 1991, a common misconception is that the 8 Series was developed as a successor. It was actually in an entirely new model class aimed at a different market, with a substantially higher price and performance than the 6 Series. In 1999, BMW discontinued the 8 Series because of low demand and sales. However, in 2017, BMW announced a new generation to be available from 2018 and previewed it with the BMW Concept 8 Series. BMW also confirmed that the second generation will get an M version.
First Generation (E31; 1989-1999)
Design of the 8 Series began in 1984, with the final design phase and production development starting in 1986. The 8 Series debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in early September 1989. The 8 Series was designed to move beyond the market of the original 6 Series. The 8 Series had substantially improved performance, as well as a far higher purchase price. The 8 Series offered the first V-12 engine mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox on a road car. It was the first car to feature CAN bus—a form of multiplex wiring for cars that is now an industry standard. It was also one of the first vehicles to be fitted with an electronic drive-by-wire throttle. The 8 Series was one of BMW's first cars, together with the Z1, to use a multi-link rear axle.
Second Generation (G14; 2018-)
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BMW Concept 8 Series
The BMW Concept 8 Series is a concept car that previews the second generation 8 Series, which BMW has announced will be launched in 2018. The Concept 8 Series was revealed online in May 2017, and has made its public debut at the 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. Its design has so far been met with critical acclaim by experts and fans alike. BMW has also confirmed that there will be an M8 and has revealed a camouflaged prototype. BMW’s Concept 8 Series arrived on North American shores at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
The Concept 8 Series, according to BMW, is “The essence of a modern-day BMW coupe wrapped up in an enthralling design study.” But this is a design study that works and compared to the spy photography of the upcoming production 8 Series, it closely resembles the real thing.
Under the hood sits a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 pulled from the brand’s other offerings. Other engines will likely make production, such as the company’s twin-turbocharged inline-six cylinder, and possibly the top-of-the-line twin-turbocharged V-12 that sits in BMW’s M760Li.
Set to signal a new era of BMW design, BMW’s Senior Vice President of BMW Group Design, Adrian van Hooydonk, said, “The concept [8 Series] expresses the new BMW design language from all perspectives and in all details. From the dynamic-looking front to the striking flanks to the clean-cut tail end: a few lines and the subtle interplay between surfaces are enough to generate a sense of power and emotion.”
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