BMW 8 Series
25/02/19

Flagship: The New BMW 8 Series

Rain or shine, an overnight photo shoot in London is always hard to turn down; especially when accompanied by something as special as BMW’s all-new 8 Series. Whilst it may be a beautiful thing to look at, does this swish-looking Gran Turismo have everything that it takes to be BMW’s new flagship? 

BMW 8 Series

Replacing the BMW 6 Series as the brand’s largest coupe, this new Gran Turismo certainly starts strong by ticking all of the traditional GT boxes: style, sophistication, performance, comfort. In fact, we can assure you that it does all of those things very well.

Now available as either a coupe or convertible, the BMW 8 Series exudes style through the adoption of BMW’s latest design language; meaning sharper, more angular lines and larger kidney grilles. In true Gran Turismo style, however, these sharp lines and bold design statements are offset by a long bonnet that feeds into a flowing coupe roofline that is just beautiful. 

BMW 8 Series

That vast bonnet and sleek roofline combo – which has been maintained surprisingly well on the convertible – helps to add a feel of both sophistication and sportiness to the 8 Series; the roof feeding nicely into the broad arches that sit over the large back wheels. Our particular 8 Series was finished in Carbon Black, making a lot of the bold features a little more subtle and the overall car even more sophisticated.

It’s a definite head-turner. Throughout our shoot, the 8-Series was a conversation starter that received multiple comments and compliments from a range of different people.

Replacing the BMW 6 Series as the brand’s largest coupe, this new Gran Turismo certainly starts strong by ticking all of the traditional GT boxes: style, sophistication, performance, comfort. In fact, we can assure you that it does all of those things very well.

Now available as either a coupe or convertible, the BMW 8 Series exudes style through the adoption of BMW’s latest design language; meaning sharper, more angular lines and larger kidney grilles. In true Gran Turismo style, however, these sharp lines and bold design statements are offset by a long bonnet that feeds into a flowing coupe roofline that is just beautiful. 

That vast bonnet and sleek roofline combo – which has been maintained surprisingly well on the convertible – helps to add a feel of both sophistication and sportiness to the 8 Series; the roof feeding nicely into the broad arches that sit over the large back wheels. Our particular 8 Series was finished in Carbon Black, making a lot of the bold features a little more subtle and the overall car even more sophisticated.

It’s a definite head-turner. Throughout our shoot, the 8-Series was a conversation starter that received multiple comments and compliments from a range of different people. 

BMW 8 Series
BMW 8 Series

At launch, two variants of the BMW 8 Series are available: the M850i xDrive petrol and the 850d xDrive diesel. The petrol uses the latest TwinPower Turbo eight-cylinder engine to produce 530hp and to effortlessly glide from 0-62mph in just 3.7seconds, whilst the diesel uses a TwinPower Turbo inline-six to produce 315hp, 501lb ft of torque and a very healthy real world mpg figure of around 40mpg. 

Ours was the latter – the 850d xDrive – and its ability to easily eat up the miles was truly astounding; putting a diesel in a big Gran Turismo coupe successfully is no mean feat but BMW have certainly managed it. Unlike some diesel cars of this size the 850d never struggles, is always responsive and always has a handful of torque on offer, regardless of whether you’re climbing a hill or not.

BMW 8 Series

Both the M850i and 850d feed their power to all-four wheels through an automatic gearbox that offers near seamless changes. Something that proved very helpful at the end of our shoot, when London decided to become deep in snow. Not once did the 8 Series struggle where others around us were. 

Sadly, the media team are yet to try the M850i xDrive but with over 500hp being fed through BMW’s clever xDrive system, we’re sure that it’d be a fantastic thing to drive. Talking of the xDrive system; power is fed to the rear-axle by default, with drive only being sent to the front wheels when deemed necessary by the car’s clever brain. 

The effect is the same sporty driving characteristics that you’d expect from a BMW but with the added confidence that the car isn’t going to become a handful, regardless of what you throw at it. Amplifying this further, both 8 Series models come with adaptive dampers, electrically assisted steering with an “active variable ratio ‘integral active’ steering system” that offers front and rear wheel steering and double wishbone suspension.

BMW 8 Series

There’s also the option of an M Sport Technic Package that adds bigger brakes, torque-vectoring and non run-flat performance tyres to the already impressive spec list. Regardless, the 8 Series is a fantastic car to drive that always feels poised and responsive.

Whilst enjoying this dynamic drive, you also get to enjoy the sophisticated and luxury feeling interior. The quality of all materials used throughout is exquisite and the level of tech is as you’d expect from a flagship BMW. Our particular 8 Series featured red and black Extended Merino Leather seats and details that perfectly contrasted with the Carbon Black exterior.

There’s also the option of an M Sport Technic Package that adds bigger brakes, torque-vectoring and non run-flat performance tyres to the already impressive spec list. Regardless, the 8 Series is a fantastic car to drive that always feels poised and responsive. 

Whilst enjoying this dynamic drive, you also get to enjoy the sophisticated and luxury feeling interior. The quality of all materials used throughout is exquisite and the level of tech is as you’d expect from a flagship BMW. Our particular 8 Series featured red and black Extended Merino Leather seats and details that perfectly contrasted with the Carbon Black exterior. 

That said, the cabin retains the performance feel of the exterior thanks to sports seats and an interior layout that is orientated around the driver; meaning that the centre console faces inwards toward the driver and adds a subtly cocooning feel to the driver’s area. Our car also featured the optional crystal gearlever and mirror-ball rotary controls for an added feel of elegance.

BMW 8 Series
BMW 8 Series
BMW 8 Series
BMW 8 Series

That said, the cabin retains the performance feel of the exterior thanks to sports seats and an interior layout that is orientated around the driver; meaning that the centre console faces inwards toward the driver and adds a subtly cocooning feel to the driver’s area. Our car also featured the optional crystal gearlever and mirror-ball rotary controls for an added feel of elegance.

In terms of technology, the 8 Series features the latest in BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional system as standard. This means that all 8 Series’ come with a frameless 10.25in display housed atop the dashboard, a 12.3in digital instrument cluster in place of traditional analogue dials and the latest version of BMW’s sensational iDrive system.

The net effect of all of these elements is a contemporary interior that maintains the Gran Turismo ethos of luxury and sophistication, forming one of the key elements in the 850d’s incredible ability to eat up the miles with ease.

BMW 8 Series

In terms of technology, the 8 Series features the latest in BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional system as standard. This means that all 8 Series’ come with a frameless 10.25in display housed atop the dashboard, a 12.3in digital instrument cluster in place of traditional analogue dials and the latest version of BMW’s sensational iDrive system.

The net effect of all of these elements is a contemporary interior that maintains the Gran Turismo ethos of luxury and sophistication, forming one of the key elements in the 850d’s incredible ability to eat up the miles with ease.

After spending a night with the new 8 Series, we’re happy to say that it definitely lives up to the title of BMW flagship. It’s a car that effortlessly combines all of the aspects that make a great Gran Turismo, managing to turn heads everywhere you go whilst offering you levels of comfort, sophistication and luxury that you don’t always find from cars of this class.

If you’re interested to learn more about the BMW 8 Series, we highly recommend that you contact your nearest Sytner BMW retailer and book a test drive

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After spending a night with the new 8 Series, we’re happy to say that it definitely lives up to the title of BMW flagship. It’s a car that effortlessly combines all of the aspects that make a great Gran Turismo, managing to turn heads everywhere you go whilst offering you levels of comfort, sophistication and luxury that you don’t always find from cars of this class.

If you’re interested to learn more about the BMW 8 Series, we highly recommend that you contact your nearest Sytner BMW retailer and book a test drive

Click Here

BMW 8 Series

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