U Spy 2019 BMW 8-Series Prototype In South Africa

BMW is still putting the final touches on the 8-Series, taking near-production prototypes pretty much everywhere for testing.

Our dear reader Reynold spotted this test car parked at a gas station in Heidelberg, Western Cape in South Africa.

The prototype looks exactly like the one in BMW’s official set of images released at the end of last month. The only difference is that instead of orange, this one is painted black underneath the camouflage wrap.

Given that the actual car has already been leaked in its full production guise, the time for the all-new BMW 8-Series official reveal is near, probably at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show or even sooner. BMW has also teased a new concept for the same show, which allegedly is the M8 Concept.

The new BMW 8-Series will mark the return of the brand into the big luxury league and will be positioned against models like the S-Class Coupe and the Bentley Continental GT. The new BMW will share its underpinnings with the existing 7-Series, as well as most of the powertrains and advanced technologies, including the semi-autonomous systems.

The upcoming M8 will likely borrow the powertrain from the current M5, meaning a biturbo 4.4-liter V8 with over 600hp strapped to a configurable all-wheel drive system.

The interior design of the new 8-Series will be fresh and bespoke to the new flagship model and most likely debut new features, along with high-res digital displays, expensive new materials and trims.

H/T To Reynold for the picture!

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  • Western Cape sees a lot of action lately..

    • Zero2Turbo

      It’s great!

      • lagunas3ca

        Drinking water would be great…

        • Zero2Turbo

          Yup it is in dire need of rain!!!

        • yup, the situation ain’t great shakes at all

  • Kaido Alex

    Nice, a left-hand drive car here in South Africa. The thing is, you can’t import a left-hand drive car for yourself here. Remember, we drive on the left like England, Australia and Japan.

    • I hope you know it’s a test unit..

      • Kaido Alex

        I know, I am only fascinated by LHD cars in SA.

  • SteersUright

    Looks positively massive for a 2-door so Im guessing its BMW’s sportier alternative to the S-class coupe? It design appears to do the original 8-series coupe no justice. That thing was a chiseled beauty then and still is now. This looks like a bloated bean from some angles and a Mustang GT from others.

  • Zandit75

    This will look even better in a Gran Coupe model. I wonder if they have one planned.

  • TheHake

    What is that next to it?

    • OdysseyTag

      I think it’s another unit (8-series). The side mirrors look identical.

      • TheHake

        To me they look different… that’s why I asked. Maybe I’m just wrong.

        • OdysseyTag

          Thought the same. The woman obsecuring the back-end might be what’s throwing me off though.

          • TheHake

            That might be.

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