The return of the 6 Series large two-door in 2003 signalled BMW’s return to the grand touring coupe class.
Following the end of production for the third-generation 6 Series, BMW brought back the 8 Series nomenclature, signalling a shift upwards for the brand’s luxury GT.
While the first-generation E31 8 Series was only offered as a luxury two-door coupe, the new second-generation 8 is set to follow the second-generation 6 Series' three-bodystyle formula with the two-door coupe (G15), convertible (G14) and four-door Gran Coupe (G16).
Currently the base engine is the 3.0-litre B57 turbo-diesel six-cylinder, while there is also the 390kW N63 twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8, with both engine options driving all four-wheels using BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
The V8 model, the M850i xDrive, is going on-sale in Australia later in 2019 for $272,900 (before on-road costs) for the coupe and $281,900 (before on-road costs) for the convertible. Both will hit 0-100km/h in under four-seconds, showing true supercar speed.
BMW will also launch an even higher-performance M8 Competition later in 2019, with a more aggressive bodykit, carbon-fibre roof panel, and quad exhausts. It is expected to be powered by the BMW M5’s F98 460kW twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8, with prices likely to be more than $300,000 for the coupe and around $370,000 for the convertible.
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