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BMW reveals svelte new 8 Series concept

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The BMW 8 Series is a Grand Tourer built by BMW from 1989 to 1999 powered by either a V8 or V12 engine. While it did supplant the original E24 based 6 Series in 1991, a common misconception is that the 8 Series was developed as a successor. It was actually in an entirely new model class aimed at a different market, with a substantially higher price and performance than the 6 Series. In 1999, BMW discontinued the 8 Series because of low demand and sales. However, in 2017, BMW announced a new generation to be available from 2018 and previewed it with the BMW Concept 8 Series. BMW also confirmed that the second generation will get an M version.

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  • 1First Generation (E31; 1989-1999)
  • 2Second Generation (G14/G15; 2018-)
    • 2.1BMW Concept 8 Series
  • 3Similar automobiles
  • 4References
  • 5External links

First Generation (E31; 1989-1999)[edit]

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The E31 is the first generation of the 8 Series, which was produced from 1989 to 1999. The engines available consisted of V8 and V12 engines.

Design of the 8 Series began in 1984, with the final design phase and production development starting in 1986. The 8 Series debuted at the Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA) in early September 1989. The 8 Series was designed to move beyond the market of the original 6 Series. The 8 Series had substantially improved performance, as well as a far higher purchase price. The 8 Series offered the first V-12 engine mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox on a road car. It was also one of the first vehicles to be fitted with an electronic drive-by-wire throttle. The 8 Series was one of BMW’s first cars, together with the Z1, to use a multi-link rear axle.

Second Generation (G14/G15; 2018-)[edit]


BMW Concept 8 Series

BMW Concept 8 Series

The BMW Concept 8 Series is a concept car that previews the second generation 8 Series, which BMW has announced will be launched in 2018. The Concept 8 Series was revealed online in May 2017, and has made its public debut at the 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.[1] Its design has so far been met with critical acclaim by experts and fans alike. BMW has also confirmed that there will be an M8 and has revealed a camouflaged prototype. BMW’s Concept 8 Series arrived on North American shores at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.

The Concept 8 Series, according to BMW, is “The essence of a modern-day BMW coupe wrapped up in an enthralling design study.” But this is a design study that works and compared to the spy photography of the upcoming production 8 Series, it closely resembles the real thing.

Under the hood sits a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 pulled from the brand’s other offerings. Other engines will likely make production, such as the company’s twin-turbocharged inline-six cylinder, and possibly the top-of-the-line twin-turbocharged V-12 that sits in BMW’s M760Li.

Set to signal a new era of BMW design, BMW’s Senior Vice President of BMW Group Design, Adrian van Hooydonk, said, “The concept [8 Series] expresses the new BMW design language from all perspectives and in all details. From the dynamic-looking front to the striking flanks to the clean-cut tail end: a few lines and the subtle interplay between surfaces are enough to generate a sense of power and emotion.”

Similar automobiles[edit]

  • Porsche 928[2][3]
  • Mercedes-Benz SL-Class
  • Jaguar XJS
  • Lexus SC400
  • Toyota Supra

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