The 2019 BMW 8 Series will be built soon as some sources have said. Apparently, BMW is working on their new flagship sedan coupe and it seems that they are more motivated than ever to deliver it.
But why all the commotion about it and why now? Well it is rather simple. First of all the 7 Series model did not receive a lot of attention and did not make the desired or estimated sales as BMW wanted it to.
This prompted the model to lose ground and to be overpassed by the competition which is mainly coming from Mercedes, as it always does. They have finally come to turns that the brand needs to expand if it is to compete against the best cars in the segment. Thus the 2019 BMW 8 Series is their primary goal.
Why use the name 8 Series?
The 2019 BMW 8 Series is in fact going to be a redesigned 7 Series model. For now, officially this project still does not have a name, but it is in fact a redesign of the current 7 Series model. It is also apparent that the future flagship model is not going to bare the same name and will change it for future endeavors.
It has still not been concluded exactly under which name it will be known for but there are two options for now, 7 Series Coupe and the 8 Series. But we are calling it the 8 Series as the manufactures are leaning towards this name a little bit more than the former one.
This is a kind of a naming pattern that Mercedes is known for and it appears that in order to compete with the rivals you have to think as the rivals. Maybe that it is the reason BMW is implementing their strategy now.
When is the The 2019 BMW 8 Series Release Date Expected?
The 2019 BMW 8 Series is still considered a project, meaning that there is a lot that needs to happen in order for them to actually come out with the final production vehicle. But it is happening, that is for sure. The designers have confirmed their involvement in the project and BMW is working to release their 8 Series model as soon as possible. But that may not be as close as we hope that it would be.
The design is going steady but we cannot expect the model to come out earlier than 2019. It makes for a long wait but judging by the plans and the info released currently, it might be worth it. We also need to wait for the facelift of the 7 Series to pass so the next thing coming after that is the release date for this 2019 8 Series model.
The Story about the 7 Series Model?
The new 2019 BMW 8 Series will be a redesign and is going to be based on the current 7 Series model. The current 7 Series sixth-generation vehicle released in 2015 as a full-size sedan, labeled G11-genreation 7 Series. This was also the part when the new platform of the company has been introduced and used here. It also brought many exterior as well as interior design changes which managed to benefit the car.
The model managed to update the style language back then and brought us a sleeker vehicle with sporty elements which managed to appear elegant at the same time. With the new design came also the interior perks which included updated materials and the newest BMW technology which was offered. As a final piece of the puzzle updates in the drivetrain department also came which expanded the range of the vehicle.
But this version was offered only as a sedan and that is one of the main reasons why the newest 8 Series is planned as a two-door coupe vehicle. The BMW 7 Series has lost momentum in recent times and although the current model was initially a great vehicle, it did not have the edge needed which will push it past the competition. That is one of the main reasons why the 2019 BMW 8 Series needs to be built as their new flagship vehicle.
Generally speaking, the 2019 BMW 8 Series rendering was done based on the current sedan version. Simply saying, the wheelbase was shortened, the rear doors were removed, and the roof was redesign to mimic a coupe model. The rear decklid is also shortened and it seems much sleeker compared to the last time. Also added are a lower windshield, some side windows, aerodynamic side mirrors and the B-pillars have also been removed completely.
Even with the majority of the style transferred from the previous car, this one seems a lot sportier while having the same stance as a touring model. More or less, this is what every BMW enthusiast would expect form its favorite brand.
The interior of the 2019 BMW 8 Series is also supposed to copy the sedan. You can expect to find the same kind of a dash that bares horizontal lines in the front end of the car. Expect some wood trims, aluminum inserts, a three-spoke, steering wheel with multi-function features, and a high positioned center console. And let’s not forget the new seats with full adjustability that come draped in high-quality leather also. Of course, the majority of the changes comes for the rear end because of the change to a coupe body style.
The headroom and legroom will be lesser because of the smaller dimensions of the wheelbase and a sloping roofline. The 2-door coupe will have the same technology package as the current model, so expect to see an iDrive infotainment system completely fitted with the newest Gesture Controls, Touch Command, and the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond brand sound system.
As far as the drivetrain goes for the 2019 BMW 8 Series it appears that BMW is again going to spread the drivetrain options across the lineup. So the 8 Series coupe will inherit the drivetrains of the 7 Series sedan. In the US, the lineup begins with a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six with an output of 320 horses and 330 pound-feet of twist for the 840i. It reaches 0-60 mph in 5.3 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph but may optionally be raised to 155 mph.
Next we have the 850i which uses a twin-turbo, 4.4-liter displaced V-8 engine, making 445 hp and 480 pound-feet of torque. This one races to 0-60 mph in 4.3 seconds and copy the top speed from the former one, but this one offers both RWD and AWD for the range-topping models. The sedan also has a middle hybrid option dubbed the 740e. It uses an ActiveHybrid 7 and has a range of 23 miles using only the electric engine and can reach a top speed of 75 mph, resulting in a total output of 322 hp and 370 lb-ft of twist.
With the European versions, the sedan offers more drivetrains available. It included the 730i, which is the entry car that adds a 2.0-liter, turbo-four making 254 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. The diesel variant includes the 730d car and the 740d version which were both us a twin-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six making 261 hp and 460 lb-ft of torque and 320 hp and 500 lb-ft of torque, respectively. The new addition for 2017 year was the 750d including the brand-new 3.0-liter, quad-turbo six-cylinder, which helped it make 390 horses and 560 of twist. There also the 830i and 830d trims, but we assume that these are not going to be used here.
2019 BMW 8 Series Price Rates
Although it is still far away and taking about the price of the 2019 BMW 8 Series seems redundant, it is still fun to guess the potential price. We are sure that the price of this car is going to be significantly raised compared to the previous as the Mercedes has done the same with their S-Class Coupe, giving it a 22 % boost in the price.
As it is estimated now the entry 740i which has a price tag of $81,500 for the current model will start at $85,000. This also leads us to believe that the 2019 version will gain a price of $100,000 just for the entry level car leaving the top tier ones at $120,000.