2019 BMW 8-Series Prototype Involved In Fatal Accident

BMW will unveil the all-new 8-Series on Friday but it’s shaping up to be a somber occasion as a prototype was involved in a fatal accident over the weekend.

As noticed by Motor1, BR24 is reporting the 8-Series prototype was being driven by a 37-year-old from Munich. The unidentified driver was reportedly taking his girlfriend’s mother out for a spin in the car when he lost control on a country road at around 10 pm local time.

The car was apparently traveling at a high rate of speed and hit several trees when it exited the roadway. As you can see in the video, the car suffered significant damage and eventually came to a rest on its side.

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The driver was able to free himself, but his passenger wasn’t as lucky. According to the report, the 53-year-old woman suffered “severe head injuries” and was pronounced dead at the scene. Two local fire departments had to use hydraulic scissors to cut the roof and remove her body from the car.

Excessive speed appears to be a factor

The accident is under investigation and the Landshut public prosecutor’s office has reportedly impounded the 8-Series. While the investigation is still ongoing, initial reports suggest the crash was caused by “significantly excessive speed.”

BMW 8-Series prototype testing

There’s no word on how fast the car was traveling but the prototype appears to be an M850i xDrive. The model features a “completely redeveloped V8 engine” that produces 530 PS (390 kW / 523 hp) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a rear-biased all-wheel drive system.

BMW hasn’t released detailed specifications for the car but previous reports have suggested the M850i xDrive Coupe will be able to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in less than four seconds.

  • Erzhik

    Why are test drivers allowed to take unapproved people into test cars?

    • Alfa Giulia QV

      If there wasn’t before, there will be now.

    • Jason Miller

      Some do.

    • Luis

      they aren’t

    • uS’gedlemba

      I’m willing to bet everything I have that they are’nt allowed; he may have transgressed company protocol.

    • CADOX

      What makes you think there isn’t already a rule in place forbiding this ? It’s more than likely that BMW forbids this but the driver did it anyway.

  • TrevP

    Wow

  • Stephen G

    Tragic. Condolences to the victims family.

  • Alex Johnson

    Hope they strengthen the roof before production

    • Ernest Green

      This doesn’t mean the roof is weak. It could be weak, who knows. But if you decelerate fast enough, the body, including the head, tend not to do well with high acceleration. Doesn’t matter what you drive, you hit something going fast enough, there’s only a limit to how much force the body can take, and there’s a limit to how much intrusion a steel unibody can prevent.

      • RDS Alphard

        Racing driver have to wear HANS for a reason… even if you have outstanding car, you can still die from trauma.

        • LeStori

          Same problems with projectiles entering your body. You may initially survive but…

      • chamberlin1 .

        They might have cut the roof with Jaws of life to extract the occupants…

        • Andrewthecarguy

          That’s what happened…

    • OdysseyTag

      It states in the article they used hydraulic scissors to cut the roof open.

      How you automatically came to the conclusion it’s roof fell off is beyond me.

    • LeStori

      “Two local fire departments had to use hydraulic scissors to cut the roof and remove her body from the car”. the answer was right there in the article…

  • ErnieB

    Crash test results are back and the results are not great..

    • Ernest Green

      all cars today are more or less equal in terms of safety, particularly within their class. so this could’ve been any car and given the same crash, the result would’ve been roughly the same. play stupid games, win stupid prizes

      • D3X

        More or less equal? I think you’re oblivious to believe that blindly. Not all cars are built with the same safety standards.

  • Jason Panamera

    Nice car interior.

    • Autoexperte

      a good teaser of the interior

  • Bo Hanan

    Thanks BMW M850i XDrive!

  • Bash

    That’s BMW DNA. lol

  • LJ

    Now his girlfriend has the ultimate ammunition for future arguments…”Remember that time you killed my mom?”.

    • Jay

      Definitely too soon. I doubt they’ll get through this one..

      • LJ

        True. He probably killed their relationship too.

  • DanSemering

    Sad!

  • BlackPegasus

    Welp, that relationship is over.
    You killed your girlfriend’s mom! How does a relationship survive that?

  • ProtectOurHeritage

    So terribly sad!

  • Eythan Aldrich

    He had one job. ONE. JOB.

  • So are you saying that the driver took the test car home (or to his girlfriend’s home)? Now that’s already weird.

  • S3XY

    So he got his GF’s mother killed showing off a prototype. Wow.

    • Brent Morrison

      As stupid as relying on Tesla autopilot alone

  • SteersUright

    Joyriding in a prototype with your girlfriends mother and driving like a teenager as if that would impress her…hmm…what could go wrong?

  • Six_Tymes

    that poor women. absolutely terrible

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