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      05-14-2018, 10:09 AM   #1
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BMW 8 Series Coupe Teased Ahead of 24 Hours of Le Mans World Premiere

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May 14, 2018... Munich. 24 hours and a great moment: On the eve of the legendary long-distance race at Le Mans, France, BMW will open a new chapter in the brand’s fascinating sports car history. On 15 June 2018, the countdown to the 24-hour Le Mans race will provide the perfect framework for the world premiere of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe. The new luxury sports car was developed parallel to the BMW M8 GTE with which BMW Motorsport will again take to the Le Mans starting grid the next day for the first time since 2011.

In the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) 2018, BMW will be fielding two BMW M8 GTEs. These racing cars already demonstrated their potential at the season opener in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, and the US-American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. This will now be followed by the debut of the production model, the drive and suspension technology of which benefits tremendously from the experience gained from motor racing. Profound motor sport expertise is concentrated in particular in the new BMW M850i xDrive Coupe, which offers outstanding dynamic handling characteristics thanks to a new V8 engine, intelligent four-wheel drive, controlled rear axle differential lock, Integral Active Steering, adaptive M suspension technology Professional featuring Active Roll Stabilization and 20-inch light alloy wheels boasting high-performance tyres.

“There isn’t be a better setting for the world premiere of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe than the 24-hour race at Le Mans,” says Klaus Fröhlich, board member of the BMW AG, Development. “The race is a pure demonstration of passion, dynamics and long-distance capability. These characteristics define our new sports car in a special way.”

The broad spectrum of the driving experience reflects the unique character of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe within its competitive environment. Spontaneous power delivery, captivating agility and the highest degree of precision in extremely dynamic driving situations underscore the sports car’s race-proven personality. The new BMW 8 Series Coupe is equally as convincing in the role of the sovereign cruiser that pampers its passengers not only with ride comfort on long stretches of motorway or on country roads, but also with its modern luxury ambience and high-class equipment features.

Therefore, the world premiere of the BMW 8 Series Coupe in Le Mans is also giving an especially emotional go-ahead for the brand’s current model initiative in the luxury class. The increased presence in this segment is one of the fields of action defined by the BMW Group in its NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy. With the market launch of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe, which will begin during the course of 2018, the highest standards at the top of the model range in terms of dynamics and driving culture will be fulfilled.


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      05-14-2018, 10:18 AM   #2
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Damn, that looks like it is going to be good, price range not so much, but then again it is not my market they are trying to caputr.
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Interesting that they would leave a license plate in the car for this "launch" photo. Really interferes with the front end.
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Interesting that they would leave a license plate in the car for this "launch" photo. Really interferes with the front end.
I'm guessing they wanted to show exactly how it will look on the road.
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judging by the color of the mirror caps and grills, looks like the M850i.
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I like it ok,
But I think they've missed opportunity to create mid engine Supercar,
It could've been an AMG-GT and R8 beater.
Shame....
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Interesting that they would leave a license plate in the car for this "launch" photo. Really interferes with the front end.
I'm guessing they wanted to show exactly how it will look on the road.
I guess, but where I live there's no front plate issued.
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Wow the GTE car with the hollow grilles actually looks pretty sick!
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i like it...a lot
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Looking good!
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If Base starts at Panamera pricing, I think BMW AG might have something.

BMW needs to realize they're not Porsche. They can't start with a 6 figure MSRP for the base; that shares a lot of parts with lesser BMWs and they can't nickel and dime options on prestige because well, this 8 series is just a rebadged 6.
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I like it ok,
But I think they've missed opportunity to create mid engine Supercar,
It could've been an AMG-GT and R8 beater.
Shame....
I somewhat agree but then again, even the AMG GT is a front-engined car.

I've said this before but I always felt the missed opportunity for BMW to create a mid-engined supercar was over a decade ago.

A true mid-engined chassis with an S65 to compete with the V8 R8 and the S85 to compete with the V10 R8 would've been nothing short of spectacular.
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Interesting that they would leave a license plate in the car for this "launch" photo. Really interferes with the front end.
I'm guessing they wanted to show exactly how it will look on the road.
I guess, but where I live there's no front plate issued.
Damn that must be nice, I hate front plates :
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I like it ok,
But I think they've missed opportunity to create mid engine Supercar,
It could've been an AMG-GT and R8 beater.
Shame....
I somewhat agree but then again, even the AMG GT is a front-engined car.

I've said this before but I always felt the missed opportunity for BMW to create a mid-engined supercar was over a decade ago.

A true mid-engined chassis with an S65 to compete with the V8 R8 and the S85 to compete with the V10 R8 would've been nothing short of spectacular.
It's better late then never,
Imagine Carbon Tube body like i8,
4.4L Twin Turbo V8 producing 800hp,
And for extra grip, add 4wd,
What do you get?
Beast from ///Munich....
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It's a handsome car but it just looks like another big BMW coupe. I would have preferred a modern interpretation of the original...



Squared off, long hood, small grille and headlights. That was the way to go.
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so thats the 850i.which looks good but the M8 will look amazing
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So sick of all the teasing pls just show the car
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Interesting that they would leave a license plate in the car for this "launch" photo. Really interferes with the front end.
In Germany it is obligatory to show the licence plate in media. Also it is good for Munich to show its birth place.
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