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BMW Introduces A New-Generation 8-Series First In 20 Years

In November of this year, the BMW 8-Series coupe of the new generation will enter the market. The car maker hopes it helps to ginger the sales of the brand.

The flagship coupe of the previous first generation was produced 10 years ago and discontinued in 1999. After a 20-year interval BMW returns it to the market, to replace the 6 series coupe.

First, as a veiled hint, the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe was presented at the Geneva Motor Show in March. In 2017 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy the BMW 8-Series Concept was shown.

The new car has dimensions of 4,843 mm x 1,902 mm x 1,341 mm and 2,822-mm wheelbase. It got a larger double kidney-shaped radiator grille with adjustable slats, big air intakes at the corners, the slimmest LED headlights in the BMW lineup.

A carbon fiber reinforced plastic roof, as well as carbon air intake bars, exterior mirror caps, a rear spoiler and a rear diffuser insert are offered as an option.

In Europe, the model will be available with the newly developed  530-horsepower eight-cylinder M850i xDrive Coupe engine and the “unprecedented for the segment” six-cylinder 840d xDrive Coupe 3.0-liter diesel with 320-hp output. The petrol unit will allow the car to accelerate to 100 kmh (62 miles) in 3.7 seconds and the diesel one – in 4.9 seconds.

The standard equipment includes a head-up display. The BMW Night Vision system is optional. Thanks to the folded 50:50 seats, the volume of the 420-liter luggage compartment can be increased. There is also an advanced Integral Active Steering.

Source: Automotive News Europe

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