BMW introduced the all-new 2019 BMW 8 Series. Initially available as coupe or convertible and single M850i xDrive variant, the 8 Series makes its return to the U.S. after 20 years and writes a new chapter in the luxury sports car story of outstanding performance, beautiful design and state of the art technology.
The new BMW 8 Series will be built at the BMW Dingolfing plant in Germany, home to BMW 7 Series sedan production. The number ‘8’ in the model name indicates the new vehicle’s high-ranking status within BMW’s product range. As in the past with the BMW Z8 and with the current BMW i8, it is reserved for exceptionally sporty cars that stir the emotions. The all-new BMW 8 Series is the first key component of the Munich-based brand’s luxury segment model offensive.
The directive for the all-new 2019 BMW 8 Series design was to provide a thrilling driving experience. Body, powertrain and suspension were honed to achieve the agility, precision and poise expected of a top-class luxury sports coupe. The all-new BMW 8 Series was developed in parallel to the BMW M8 GTE race car, which has already proven its potential in the 2018 FIA World Endurance Championship long-distance races and in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Under the hood, lies the BMW TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that has undergone extensive upgrades and refinement. The engine now generates 523 hp between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm and 553 lb-ft of torque from 1,800 to 4,600 rpm. It serves up an intense form of the unmistakable power delivery and acoustics of eight-cylinder units and is every bit as captivating and emotionally thrilling as the car it powers.
Power is transferred to the wheels via the latest-generation eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission that boasts a wider gear ratio spread, even sportier gear shifts and can be operated by means of shift paddles on the steering wheel. Completing the all-round package for an engaging driving experience is the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system, which is fitted in a newly improved version that has been tuned for this specific model. The rear-wheel bias of the xDrive system and the rear differential lock fitted as standard on the BMW M850i xDrive ensure maximum agility and precision when the car’s sporting capabilities are being put to the test.
Valves per cylinder
523 hp @ 5,500 - 6,000 rpm
553 ft. lbs @ 1,800-4,600 rpm
Engine oil capacity
Output per liter
Front engine, all-wheel drive (AWD)
8-Speed Sport Automatic
Tires 20” front
245/35R20 95Y XL
Tires 20” rear
275/30R20 97Y XL
Wheels 20” front & rear
8.0J x 20 / 9.0J x 20 LM
Zero to 60 mph
Zero to 100 mph
EPA FUEL ESTIMATED (mpg)
18 City/ 25 Highway/ 20 Combined
17 City/ 26 Highway/ 20 Combined
The exterior design of the all-new BMW 8 Series Coupe exudes a very modern form of sporting appeal beautifully blended with an air of exclusiveness and sensual allure. The production model lives up to the expectations engendered by the BMW Concept 8 Series first unveiled at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2017. Its unique aura is the result of a new styling language focusing on modernity and emotional engagement.
The promise of performance is visualized in dramatic effect by the elaborate, jutting design of the front of the vehicle, with large air intakes assuming an even more imposing appearance on the BMW M850i xDrive with the optional M Sport package. The BMW kidney grill showcases its increased proportions and features a hexagonal outline that widens towards the bottom and a single-piece surround that encompasses its various elements. The all-new BMW 8 Series features standard Full LED headlights with BMW LaserLight technology that are the slimmest headlights of any BMW model to date. Both light tubes are used to generate the daytime driving lights as well as the low and high beam, thereby creating the signature brand look at all times.
The greenhouse is sharply tapered at the rear, accentuating the muscular shoulder line. The elongated quarter windows terminate in a very tightly-angled version of the iconic Hofmeister kink “counter-swing”. The long, heavily raked rear window is a classic design feature of high performance luxury sports coupes of yesterday.
The rear end is composed of sculptured, emotive surfaces that emphasize the car’s width and low center of gravity. The slender all-LED rear light clusters extend deep into the flanks and add to the effect. The taillights light up uniformly in a distinctive ‘L’ shape. Twin exhaust tailpipes with a trapezoidal contour are positioned either side of the rear lower section.
The roof of the all-new 2019 BMW 8 Series mimics the design of the traditional sports coupes by featuring a central cut-out that recalls the “double-bubble” styling of classic racing cars. This distinctive contouring is also available on the optional carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof which lowers the center of gravity enhancing the car agility. Further weight savings can be achieved with the optional Carbon Package comprising air intake bars, exterior mirror caps, a rear spoiler and a rear diffuser insert all made from CFRP.
The 2019 BMW 8 Series interior has been designed to help the driver focus on the road ahead and enjoy the experience of driving. The car’s wide center console rises up towards the instrument panel at the front, separating the driver and front passenger areas. This center space encompasses the audio control unit and its function buttons, the air conditioning control panel and air vents as well as the freestanding and frameless Control Display, all arranged above each other in a clear, horizontally partitioned structure.
The clear arrangement of the controls helps the driver to focus on what’s happening ahead. Apart from the gear selector and the iDrive Controller, the center console also accommodates the Driving Experience Control switch and the engine start/stop button, all arranged within a newly designed function cluster with active haptic feedback. The control unit for the light functions is new and now consists of buttons positioned at the bottom of the instrument panel between the steering wheel and the driver’s door. A leather M Sport steering wheel with multifunction buttons and shift paddles for manual gear selection is standard.
The 2019 BMW 8 Series newly developed sports seats offer high levels of long-distance comfort and excellent lateral support. The headrests are integrated into the backrests and can be adjusted for both height and fore/aft position. A semi-electric folding function has been included for the front seat backrests, which is activated by using a high-quality leather strap located on each seatback to facilitate convenient entry and exit for the rear passengers. The sports seats are upholstered in standard premium Merino Individual leather with extended leather appointments. Decorative stitching in a contrasting color accentuates both the sporting contours and the rear seats’ styling as individual seats.
There are large door pockets, a roomy glove compartment, two cup-holders under the center console trim finisher and a large storage compartment under the armrest longitudinally divided covers for stowing travel accessories, beverages and other items. The rear backrest in the 2019 BMW 8 Series has a 50:50 split design. The backrest sections can be folded down either individually or together to further increase cargo capacity. The folding mechanism is released by means of levers inside the cargo compartment. Automatic trunk lid operation is a standard feature on the BMW 8 Series, while the Comfort Access option permits hands-free opening and closing of the trunk lid.
TRIM LEVEL & PRICING
The 2019 BMW 8 Series is offered in either a coupe or convertible body style. Its available in a single M850i xDrive trim and powered by a turbocharged 4.4-liter V8. An eight-speed automatic is the only transmission offered and sends power to all four wheels.
Standard equipment include 20-inch wheels, adaptive LED/laser headlights, power-folding heated mirrors, a power trunklid, soft-close doors, automatic wipers, front and rear parking sensors, a sport exhaust, selectable drive modes, all-wheel steering, an automated parking system, and for the convertible a power-folding cloth top.
Inside, you get dual-zone automatic climate control, a head-up display, an auto-dimming rearview and driver-side mirror, a virtual instrument panel, leather upholstery, heated power-adjustable front seats with memory functions, interior ambient lighting, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a navigation system, a surround-view camera, a Wi-Fi hotspot, a wireless charging pad, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound system with satellite radio, and BMW Remote Services. Standard safety features include forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, a blind-spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, and automatic high beams.
The Driving Assistance Professional package contains enhanced driving assist systems plus a vehicle stop lever you can pull in case of a health emergency. There's also the BMW Individual Composition option that allows buyers to specify unique paint and interior treatments. Other option include a carbon-fiber roof, a gear selector and select controls in faceted glass, a microsuede headliner, dark-finished exterior trim elements, a night-vision camera, and a Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system.
The coupe is eligible for the Cooling and High Performance Tire package, which adds upgraded engine cooling and tires for high-performance applications. A neck warmer can be added to the convertible.
Arriving in U.S. showrooms on December 8th, pricing for the all-new 2019 BMW 8 Series will start at $111,900 plus $995 Destination and Handling.