The new 8-series models will use the familiar BMW group large-car architecture. It’ll be a couple of inches shorter and as much as 200 pounds lighter than the current 6-series. The body and chassis will be composed primarily of a mix of steel and aluminum, with a few select pieces cast in magnesium. There will be an 840i with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six and an 850i powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8. 19 inch wheels will be standard, with 20a optional.
The new car in camouflage
Six-cylinder cars will probably start below $100,000. Speaking about the new models, the M division’s president Frank van Meel said, “The conception and development of the standard BMW 8 Series and the M model run in parallel. The future BMW M8 will build on the genes of the 8 Series and augment its DNA with added track ability and generous extra portions of dynamic sharpness, precision and agility. It all flows into a driving experience that bears the familiar BMW M hallmarks and satisfies our customers’ most exacting requirements.” It’s expected the 8 Series will be in dealerships and on the road in November of this year, with the performance M version following sometime in 2019.