A BMW returning in triumph.
It’s been 19 years since the BMW first generation 8 series was born. Talk about a hiatus. Now, after teasing us for many months, the second generation has been revealed. And it sure is a beauty. Sleek like a cheetah, fast as ten of them, it can hit 100 kilometres in a mere 3.7 seconds. That’s like being strapped into a rocket, and Houston launching you to the moon.
It’s uber-modern body is designed to streamline through air resistance like a swordfish does through water. BMW has stated it is part of a new design language they’ll be using for their vehicles in future. One could say, it’s the shape of things to come.
A BMW geared to smoke you.
This beaut has eight gears, and will ship standard as an automatic transition. Which we personally prefer. The acceleration on this thing means we’d rather concentrate with both hands on the steering wheel. The inner eight-year old is salivating with thoughts of ultra-quick take-offs from just-turned green traffic lights. Smoking whoever was idling next to us.
An engine of excitement.
It’s two available engines are nothing to smirk at. We have the BMW 840d xDrive. A 3.0 litre diesel engine with a whopping 680Nw. It’s the slower of the two, achieving 100kms in just under five seconds.
Then there’s the BMW M850i xDrive. This is our rocket ship. A 4.4 litre twin turbo V8 engine. Any unsuspecting passenger in your vehicle will need to change after you hit the accelerator. Of course, it’ll hit your pocket in the petrol department. Running costs will definitely be heavy.
A BMW worth its metal.
As is common practice these days with more up-market, sporty cars, the 8 series uses aluminium and carbon fibre reinforced plastic in places, mainly non-essential in safety (the overall body of the vehicle is still quality steel). Rather, the doors, bonnet, and front bulkhead use the lighter metal. Then the actual cabin is carbon fibre. This helps keep the car light as possible.
The next generation infotainment.
The BMW 8 Series is the first to feature the latest generation iDrive infotainment system. It’s still a 10.25 inch screen, and the iDrive on the centre console will be familiar to BMW veterans. However, you’ll now be able to interact with the system through voice, touch, or even gesture control. For a car hard drive, it even has a fairly generous amount of storage: 20 gigabytes worth. Of course, as is standard in many cars these days, it has Bluetooth. Wi-Fi too. One must caution, however, that malware is just as capable of infecting car operating systems as they are your typical PCs.
Final thoughts on the BMW 8 Series Coupe.
It’s a lovely looking car. It set many hearts a flutter when it was revealed at the Le Mans event on Friday 15 June. And on paper it sounds like an excellent driving experience. Of course, we’re not in the position to test drive it yet – and it will probably only hit our shores at the beginning of next year. But it’s definitely one to keep an eye out for. Even if that’s hard to do, considering the blur it becomes when it (electronically) tops its speed at 249km an hour.