After a long wait, the covers have finally come off the production version of the 2019 BMW 8 Series coupe, this second incarnation of the 8 Series is scheduled to go on sale in Europe later this year.
 
Built on the 7 Series platform, the 8 Series measures in at 4843mm long, 1902mm wide and 1341mm high with a 2822mm wheelbase.
 
It’s one of BMW’s better lookers with slim headlights and taillights, single-piece kidney grille, trapezoidal exhausts outlets and well-placed character lines.
 
The cabin is caught somewhere between sport and luxury themes. The new Live Cockpit Professional – consisting of a fully customisable 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster is standard, as is a 10.25-inch infotainment screen powered by BMW’s latest Operating System 7.0.
 
Other highlights include newly developed seats, a glass gear selector and a stainless steel mesh trim covering the centre console.
 
BMW has detailed two 8 Series variants, firstly, the M850i xDrive which packs a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 developing 390kW and 750Nm. Peak torque is available from 1800rpm and the official dash to triple figures takes 3.7 seconds.  
 
The other option is the 840d xDrive powered by a 3.0-litre 235kW/680Nm turbo diesel engine. Naturally, it’s slower, taking 4.9 seconds to reach 100km/h from a standstill.
 
Power is sent to a rear-biased all-wheel drive system through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
 
Australian specifications and pricing are yet to be released, however, expect the cost of 8 Series ownership to be stupidly high. Stay tuned!
 
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