2019 BMW 8-Series Coupe And Convertible: Everything You Need To Know

We’ve seen countless spy photos of the BMW 8-Series over the past few months but now we’re getting a closer look at the upcoming coupe and convertible.

Set to be unveiled this summer, the two models were previewed the 8-Series concept, but the styling has been notably tamed down even in the M Sport variants seen here. Regardless, the cars have a sporty front fascia with a wide grille, slender headlights and large air intakes with honeycomb mesh inserts.

The sporty styling is visible elsewhere as the M-Sport package appears to include lightweight wheels and blue brake calipers. The models also have aerodynamic side skirts, a ventilated rear bumper and a four-tailpipe exhaust system which is hidden behind the dual exhaust cut outs.

While the coupe and convertible are largely identical, the coupe is the more stylish of the two as it features a sloping roofline, muscular rear fenders and a small rear spoiler. The convertible is slightly less adventurous as the power retractable soft top required a number of changes to the rear end including a flatter trunk lid and a repositioned third brake light.

How many bodystyles will BMW offer?

Actually, aside from the 8-Series coupe and convertible you see here in prototype form, BMW will also build a four-door Gran Coupe. Codenamed G16, it was previewed earlier this year with the M8 GC Concept in Geneva. A rival to the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Porsche Panamera, it’s expected to be introduced in production guise in the second half of 2019. It will be available with the same powertrains as the two-door models, including an all-mighty M8 version with a twin-turbo V8 that will likely target the Mercedes-AMG GT.

Read: BMW M8 Gran Coupe Concept revealed in Geneva

 

The latest spy photos give us a glimpse of the interior and we can see drivers will sit behind a three-spoke steering wheel and a high-tech digital instrument cluster. BMW recently detailed its take on the digital instrument panel that will have a central display that can be used to show navigation data. We’ll see this tech implemented on the next Z4, 7-Series, and X7.

While most of the dash remains hidden in these 8-Series prototypes, we can see it has metallic accents, a stubby gear selector and an iDrive controller with a knurled surround. Expect the same top-end technology features used in the current 7-Series and then some more, including BMW’s latest iteration of their autonomous driving system.

What’s under the hood?

Engine options will likely carryover from the 7-Series so we can expect a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder developing around 335 hp (249 kW). There should also be a 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 producing 455 hp (339 kW).

Read our story on the BMW M8 Coupe and Convertible spied together

Buyers looking for something more powerful can look forward to the M8 which will likely use an upgraded version of the 4.4-liter V8 engine that resides in the M5. The exact output remains unclear but rumors have suggested it could produce between 616 hp (459 kW) and 641 hp (478 kW).  It will be connected to an eight-speed dual-clutch transmission feeding a rear-drive biased xDrive AWD system.

There has also been talk about an M Performance variant, a plug-in hybrid model with the iPerformance moniker, and a luxury model with a V12 engine, though the latter seems like a hard (and unnecessary) sale these days.

When will we see the production models?

We’ll have our first official look at the coupe later this summer, on June 15 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, before the 8-Series makes its public world premiere at the 2018 Paris Auto Show in September. Sales are expected to start later in the fall.

Article has been updated with new information and photos with additional reporting from John Halas

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  • Evo45

    Drivers doesn’t say anything when photographers come too close? Just curious.

  • PK

    why didn’t that digital instrumental cluster couldn’t look like that in the g11 7 series from the start? did the bmw did not see how gorgeous the w222 s class came first hand with the interior? ughh! come on bimmer!!!! i know the g11 will come with it in a facelift but would’ve been a better start from the first release!!!!

    • Kaisuke971

      If anything it’s most likely Audi’s virtual cockpit that « pressured » them into changing the design of the instrument cluster for something more different and with more information.

      • PK

        i guess you’re right. the volkswagen group are the first out of the german big 3 to start the digital cockpit, then mercedes followed and now it’s bmw’s turn.

  • Elmediterraneo

    840d : 6 cylinder diesel 320 hp
    840i : 6 cylinder 340 hp
    M850i : V8 450 hp
    M8 : V8 650 hp

    A BMW exectuvie said that the 8 series won’t have a V12 because that would make the front axle too heavy for a sporty driving.

    • Senne

      That’s sad. 🙁

    • lagunas3ca

      M860i : V12

  • fgclolz

    So those “leaked” pictures are for real. I bet the concept will still look better when all is said and done.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Probably but the need for bumpers and legal headlights and the like always get in the way

  • Fabián Montiel

    Of course it has fake exhaust tips.

    • Senne

      It does not. BMW is one of the few that don’t do that actually. Yeah there are 2 bigger kinda tips, but behind that are 2 real exhausts on each side. Look at those ridiculous cheap looking fake exhaust tips on Audi’s, for instance the new A7. It’s ridiculous. Even Mercedes does the same thing.

      • iea96

        What about the ones on current 7 Series?

  • Thunderbolt

    I wonder how many miles BMW put on a car during testing period, because according to BMW forums, most of the major expensive repairs happen at about 60k miles, and owners don’t even drive their cars like BMW testers do it at the Nurburgring. This is a weak point for BMW, not sure if anything is done about it.

  • alexxx

    375 pics of camouflaged car…come on…stop already…

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