New BMW 8-Series Coupe Gears Up For High-Speed Endurance Tests

A BMW 8-Series Coupe near-production model is currently undergoing intensive tests on a high-speed race track in Aprilia, Italy.

The German automaker is looking to optimize the car’s driving dynamics on surfaces with a high friction coefficient, as the 8-Series Coupe nears its launch date, scheduled for later this year.

This 4 km (2.5 mile) long oval circuit features steep bends which in turn will help BMW asses the car’s acceleration, braking and steering characteristics. The ultimate goal is to find the sweet spot for all of the 8-Series Coupe’s drive and suspension systems.

“The test drives under the most severe conditions show that we are right on target with our concept for the new BMW 8 Series Coupe. The vehicle dynamics values already achieved are absolutely impressive. Our customers and fans can look forward to a genuine sports car,” stated BMW R&D board member, Klaus Frohlich.

One thing that shouldn’t be overlooked is that the new 8-Series Coupe is being developed parallel to and in close coordination with the BMW M8 and M8 GTE race car. As the near-production prototype is undergoing endurance tests in Italy, BMW Motorsport teams are also preparing the M8 GTE in Daytona – its race debut will be on 27/28 January at the Daytona 24-hour race, followed by an appearance at the 24-hour race at Le Mans in June.

Also, BMW already presented an M8 prototype last summer during the 24-hour race on the Nurburgring, a location which serves as the main proving ground for performing further tests on the M8, before finally letting it loose in public.

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  • Alter Ego

    Those exhaust ports don’t look very good. I hope is a pre-production thing.

    • B.Stokes

      I disagree. I think these look neat. I’m just hoping they aren’t fake (I’m sure they are).

    • Bo Hanan

      I think they’re ugly too. But going by BMW’s pattern- the car in the photo is probably an 850i, single rounds are for the 840i and quad-rounds for the M8. Who knows???

  • thunder bolt

    I like the new camo, it looks good, BMW should sell a version of that.

  • SteersUright

    Aside from the front graphic, it looks like a Mustang. Given just how beautiful the Mustang has gotten (also aside from front), thats a high compliment. This looks like it will be a beautiful (and MASSIVE, why is it so huge?) coupe from BMW.

    • Jay

      it is a good design, i have a 4 series and it also has a similar profile, really helps with rear seat room and visibility.

    • MJ Coffey

      If this car truly wants to become the successor to the OG 8 series coupé, it really needs to be large. The 8 series moniker is all about ‘big’.

  • B.Stokes

    With the camo on this looks a lot better then that leaked image we saw weeks ago. I’m hoping that was some pre-production experiment. These picks have got me re-excited.

  • Mark S

    I will have to wait and see, but it looks to have lost a lot of the modern edginess that made the concept so attractive.

  • Bo Hanan

    If it runs with a DB11 and Bentley Coupe then mission accomplished. Here’s hoping it’s not another bloated pig.

  • Belthronding Tinuviel

    i have no problem with this,but i strongly believe that bmw style does not match with big cars like this.
    6 and 7 series for instance,i have never liked both,even new ones.
    so, to me 8 series seems doubtful if i like it.

  • exeptor

    It looks right. With a big V12 it will be even better.

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