The BMW 8 Series returned in 2018 after almost 20 years. Developed to replace the 6 Series, the 8 Series is sportier, more modern, and enables BMW to compete against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe.
For the first time ever, the 8 Series will be upgraded to M8
specifications by the company’s high-performance division. The M8 will
brake cover sometime in 2019.
When BMW introduced the 8 Series
back in 1989, it reshaped the full-size luxury segment with a car that
was gorgeous, unique, and loaded with innovative features. Discontinued
in 1999, the 8 Series returned almost two decades later in 2018. The
M8’s arrival will mark a premiere for the nameplate, which didn’t
receive the M treatment in the 1990s. Although BMW
did make a prototype, it eventually decided that there’s no market for
the M8 and the project was scrapped. Times have obviously changed now,
and with Mercedes already offering AMG versions of the S-Class Coupe and with Bentley producing the Continental GT Speed
for quite a few years now, BMW needs the M8 to keep up with the
competition. Find out what we already know about this grand tourer in my
speculative review below.
BMW should also add a few carbon-fiber elements, at least on the options list
The 8 Series’ already sporty seats will be replaced by race-inspired
units with heavier bolstering. The front seats will also have a
semi-electric folding function on each seatback for easier entry and
exit for rear-seat passengers.
Leather and Alcantara will be standard, but the M8 will probably get
more of the latter for a motorsport-inspired look. Unlike the 8 Series,
which can be had with a variety of upholstery colors, including two-tone
layouts, the M8 will be mostly black. Other M-specific features will
include pedals, driver’s footrest, bespoke floor mats, illuminated door
sills, and, of course, “M8” badges.
The audio system should get an update for this model, so the standard
11-speaker system will probably be replaced with the 16-speaker Harman
Kardon unit that’s optional in the regular coupe. The fully active,
16-channel, 16-speaker sound system from Bowers & Wilkinson will be
available for the M8 too.
BMW M8 Performance
Revised V-8 engine
Around 600 horsepower
V-12 mill possible
The 4.4-liter V-8 will crank out moare than 600 horsepower in this model