2019 BMW 8 Series Is Back From Le Mans

2018 Paris Motor Show

We missed you.

We’ve been patiently waiting for the better part of four months for our first glimpse of the new 2019 BMW 8 Series in the metal.

The 2018 Paris Motor Show is the first time BMW has brought the 8 Series to a major gathering of the automotive press since the car's debut at the 2018 Le Mans 24 Hours, where it’s glimmering under the lights next to the new 3 Series, along with the revamped X5.

The big coupe joins the lineup as the spiritual successor to the sometimes loved 6 Series coupe, the M850i arrives with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 which is good for 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, compared to the 462 hp and 479 lb-ft of torque the same engine puts out under the hood of the X5.

It’s unclear just how popular the 8 Series will prove to be, but it’s expected to at least take the fight to the Mercedes S-Class Coupe, the Lexus LC, and potentially even steal a few sales from more performance oriented machinery like the Jaguar F-Type, or the Porsche 911, or something even more auspicious like the Aston Martin DB11.

With the revival of the 8 Series nameplate, it brings back fond memories of the mid-nineties when BMW’s were venerated vehicles capable of transforming anyone into a driving enthusiast with one left right flick of the absurdly good feeling steering BMW became known for.

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The new car is expected to be sporty, it has a Carbon Core mixed-material platform for lightness and stiffness, and the new double-wishbone front axle, and five-link rear suspension with variable electromechanical steering, active roll stabilization (electrically adjustable anti-roll bars), torsion struts, and rear-wheel steering should make it a fair bit sharper than the outgoing 6 Series. There's even a race car version that wins sometimes!

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