If you’re a car enthusiast, or someone who simply appreciates quality and precision, the following words will get you pretty excited: the BMW 8 Series is happening.
Tracing its origins back to 1990 when it was first released, the 8 Series was BMW’s flagship for years, and was the very embodiment of style, performance, and sophistication. For various reasons the 8 Series was discontinued in 1999 with many car lovers wondering if they would ever see an 8 Series produced ever again. Almost 20 years later BMW has finally let it slip that the 8 Series is on its way back.
According to Car and Driver, BMW has its eyes set squarely on Mercedes-Benz, its closest competitor. With Mercedes planning to release larger, more luxurious vehicles in the near future, BMW wants to ensure they aren’t just keeping up, but ahead of their main rival.
“Mercedes-Benz is moving back into the mega-upscale, mega-expensive two-door space with its gorgeous S-class–based coupe and cabriolet, and BMW must think there’s room for two Germans at that table. We think that a successor to the original 8-series, if it is somewhat sporty in the BMW vein, would make for an interesting alternative to the cushy, unabashedly comfort-oriented full-size Mercedes two-door, not to mention Bentley’s Continental or the next-generation Maserati GranTurismo.” -Car and Driver
The design of the new 8 Series has left many people in awe of its sleek, mature, and generally gorgeous exterior. Keeping all the BMW hallmarks, the BMW is a mix of modern style and features with the long traditions of BMW.
“From the back, the 8 Series looks particularly unique from other BMWs. In addition to wide, horizontal taillights with L-shaped LED elements, the model features a rear spoiler molded into the trunklid and trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes.” - Motor Trend
Right now there is little information about how the 8 Series will perform. We don’t know what engine options will be available, or any other details that can really help us predict what this new flagship luxury car will be like to drive. We do know that there is already a long list of people who want to drive the 8 Series when it’s released, which is supposed to be sometime in 2018.