BMW has not always made the headlines for the right reasons of late, but it certainly should with its new 8 Series, which has just been revealed at the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours Race.
While Fernando Alonso took the glory in the race itself, many eyes were trained on the new 8 Series. It may not have been out on the course like the M8 GTE version, taking part in the FIA World Endurance Championship race, but it has swiftly captured the imagination.
The latest 8 Series is high on aesthetics, with a futuristic sports car look to follow the James Bond style of its Z8 predecessor.
Some elements of its appearance are entirely unique. For example, it has the slimmest headlights of any BMW. If that makes it look sleek, the tapered glasshouse gives it what BMW calls a “muscular shoulder line”. There are some very well-honed contours at the front, along with exceedingly prominent air intakes. There is also a “low-set BMW design kidney grille” on the front.
Other visual characteristics include the sports car-style ‘double bubble’ top, the long raked rear window and the LED tail-lights embedded in the rear flank.
If the visual aspect is striking, so too are some of the specs. It has a 19-inch M Sport braking system, while those concerned with its environmental impact will be pleased to learn its combined CO2 emissions range from just 240-154g/km.
Above all, this is a car designed to move seriously fast with little drag. Among the elements that aid this quest are the frameless side windows, with the door mirrors being mounted to the side window strips in a bid to improve the airflow around them. The air curtains and air breathers are almost entirely located under the body, which should also help reduce drag.
All in all, it’s a BMW that exudes dynamism, power and speed in a package that many upper exec company car drivers will find utterly compelling. It will be available from November, which gives a few months to save up the £76,000-plus needed to own one.
Ellie Baker, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, comments: “This is a superb BMW and we believe it will prove to be its most popular new model in years.”
Posted on 18th June 2018
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