Juliet reviews…The BMW 8 Series Coupe

The luxurious BMW 8 Series Coupe has finally arrived in South Africa and promises to deliver “…outstanding performance, emotional-stirring design, state-of-the-art luxury and exceptionally advanced equipment features when it comes to display and control technology, driver assistance and connectivity.” I think it is safe to say that this car will excite every BMW fan out there.

Just one look at the BMW 8 Series and you can see that it lives up to the expectations set by the BMW Concept 8 Series. BMW has employed a new design language focusing on clarity, modernity, and emotional engagement. It’s low, its long and its striking. The streamlined body not only looks great, but it also reduces aerodynamic drag, along with an almost fully sealed underbody, active air flap control and Air Curtains including Air Breathers. The roof of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe takes a leaf from the book of traditional sports car design by featuring a central cut-out that recalls the “double-bubble” styling of classic racing cars.

Hope inside and you’re met with a modern and minimalistic cabin. The new sports seats come standard in Vernasca leather and if you so wish, you can opt for the climate seats. A number of other optional extras are also up for grabs such as a wireless charger, a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System as well as glass applications for selected controls, to name only a few.

Roaring under the bonnet is a new V8 power unit which makes its debut in the M850i xDrive Coupe. This 4.4-litre engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology boasts whopping figures such as 390 kW and 750 Nm of torque. It will propel you to 100 km/h in an astonishing 3.7 seconds.

It wouldn’t be a true BMW without a host of driver assistance systems and the new 8 Series does not disappoint. The line-up includes Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, steering and lane control assist, lane change and lane departure warning, lane keeping assist with side collision protection and evasion aid, BMW night vision as well as crossing traffic alert warning, and wrong-way warning system. The car will park itself for you with Parking Assistant and the Reversing Assistant will ensure you get out of any situation you found yourself driving forward in to (up to 80 metres).

The BMW Operating System 7.0 display is standard on the 8 Series Coupe. It is customisable and can be personalized, and can be called up in both the instrument cluster and the 10.25-inch control display. In case you need more options than necessary when it comes to controlling everything, the driver has a choice of using the buttons on the steering wheel, the iDrive Controller, the touch display, voice control or BMW gesture control. 

If its top-down kind of driving you enjoy, you can opt for the gorgeous 8 Series Convertible at a slightly higher price. But when you’re shopping in this first-class segment, I doubt the extra R100 000 odd more will matter all that much.

PRICING OF THE NEW BMW 8 SERIES

BMW M850i xDrive Coupe: R 1 872 900

BMW M850i xDrive Convertible: R 1 994 300

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