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The latest BMW 8 Series Coupe is a remarkable creation from BMW and is a true embodiment of luxury, performance, and cutting-edge technology seamlessly blended into a stunning package that is bound to captivate both the heart and the senses.
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The design of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe is a masterful blend of elegance and athleticism. It's characterized by sleek lines, a low-slung profile, and a commanding presence on the road. The front fascia features BMW's iconic kidney grille, which has been enlarged for a more aggressive look, flanked by sharp LED headlights that exude a sense of purpose. The coupe's long hood, muscular fenders, and sculpted sides contribute to its dynamic stance.
Moving towards the rear, you'll find a sculpted trunk lid, distinctive LED taillights, and dual exhaust outlets that emphasize the car's performance-oriented nature. The roofline tapers gracefully, creating a coupe-like silhouette that's both visually appealing and aerodynamically efficient.
While the BMW 8 Series Coupe excels in delivering performance and luxury, practicality is somewhat compromised due to its coupe body style. The coupe design inherently sacrifices some practicality for the sake of aesthetics and performance. The coupe offers comfortable seating for up to four occupants. However, access to the rear seats can be a bit challenging due to the coupe's lower roofline and two-door configuration. The rear seats, while accommodating, may feel slightly cramped for taller passengers, especially during longer journeys. Legroom and headroom are somewhat limited compared to larger sedans or SUVs.
The boot space in the BMW 8 Series Coupe is a balance between style and utility. While it might not be as expansive as that of larger vehicles, it still offers enough room for everyday use and short trips. The BMW 8 Series offers 420 Liters of boot space which surpasses the storage capacity of certain family hatchbacks. Admittedly, the boot lid has a shallow opening, which might make accessing the space less practical. However, considering its position within the luxury coupe class, the available trunk space is still relatively decent.
The interior of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe is a harmonious blend of opulence, modern technology, and driver-focused design. Craftsmanship and attention to detail are evident throughout the cabin, creating an environment that reflects both luxury and sportiness.
Premium materials such as high-grade leather, genuine wood trims, and brushed metal accents grace the interior surfaces, elevating the sense of luxury. The front seats are well-contoured, offering both comfort and support during long drives. Optional features like ventilated and massaging seats enhance the driving experience.
The cockpit is designed to keep the driver engaged with essential controls and information within easy reach. The centre console is slightly angled towards the driver for improved ergonomics. A wide touchscreen infotainment system takes centre stage on the dashboard. This system provides access to navigation, multimedia, connectivity features, and vehicle settings. It might include features like Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and a premium sound system. Behind the steering wheel, you'll likely find a digital instrument cluster that displays crucial driving information and can be customized according to the driver's preferences.
Two trim levels are available: M Sport and M850i.
In addition to the M Sport bodykit, the vehicle features high-gloss exterior accents, along with 20-inch alloy wheels, adaptive LED lights, and electrically folding door mirrors. Within the cabin, occupants enjoy the comfort of electrically adjustable heated sports seats with a memory function. The latest BMW digital instruments adorn the dashboard, and the convenience of dual-zone climate control adds to the interior experience.
For the M850i variants of the BMW 8 Series, a twin-turbo V8 petrol engine powers the vehicle. It comes equipped with an enhanced M Sport differential, which provides additional traction in slippery conditions. A sports exhaust system complements the performance-oriented setup, while grey-painted grilles, door mirrors, and vents add a touch of distinction to the exterior. Many features from the standard model are carried over, including 20-inch alloy wheels, a reversing camera, automatic headlights, rain-sensing wipers, rear parking sensors, and heated leather seats with electric adjustments.
The interior of the M850i also boasts a digital driver's display and a touchscreen infotainment system featuring gesture and voice control functionalities. Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring and satellite navigation are included, alongside a Harmon Kardon stereo, Bluetooth connectivity, interior mood lighting, and a head-up display.
Taking the BMW 8 Series on long journeys is an effortless experience. The adaptive suspension, standard on this model, effectively smooths out road imperfections. Even in the high-performance M850i V8 variant, there's only a faint whisper emanating from the engine in eighth gear when cruising at motorway speeds.
Once you transition to a winding back road, engage Sport mode, and press the throttle, this comfortable grand tourer undergoes a remarkable transformation into a remarkably agile sports car. The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine delivers an impressive 523hp, which, in conjunction with the surefooted four-wheel-drive system, propels the 8 Series from 0-62mph at a pace that would put some supercars to shame.
The standard eight-speed automatic transmission stands out as one of the premier offerings in the market. Its quick and seamless shifts remain consistent, regardless of the selected driving mode. In Sport mode, it even senses when you're entering a corner and prepares the transmission for rapid downshifts as soon as you engage the brakes.
The BMW 8 Series Coupe is now available for purchase at a starting on-the-road price of £81,435.00*, or it can be leased with monthly payments starting from £865.37.
If you're considering leasing a BMW 8 Series Coupe, we proudly offer excellent car leasing services in the UK. Our leasing deals include a manufacturer's warranty, road tax, breakdown insurance, and free delivery to most areas of the UK mainland (excluding specific regions).
Leasing a BMW 8 Series Coupe can often be a more financially advantageous option compared to purchasing outright, thanks to the fixed monthly payments, variable mileage options, low initial rental, and flexible contract durations.
It's important to note that the 'on-the-road' price mentioned includes a year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee, and a number plate fee. Please be aware that this price is accurate at the time of publication and is subject to change. To get the most up-to-date information, we recommend contacting your nearest retailer.