Good news: the BMW 8 Series Coupe isn't dead after all.
It wasn't long ago when we were given our first look at the upcoming BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe facelift undergoing testing. Now, its standard two-door 8 Series Coupe sibling has been spied for the first time with the same styling changes. Sales for the 8 Series Coupe have been underwhelming, sparking fears that BMW will scrap the grand tourer, but this prototype confirms it will live on for a facelift update.
Like the Gran Coupe, the 8 Series Coupe prototype is camouflaged at the front and rear, suggesting there will be some subtle styling updates.
The front bumper and grille have been modified, and the headlights appear to be even slimmer. Similar changes can be found at the back, where the prototype is fitted with a redesigned bumper and features updated taillight graphics.
In contrast to the controversial 4 Series, the 8 Series Coupe is one of the most fetching models in BMW's current lineup, but these changes will make the stunning grand tourer look even better. Unfortunately, our spies were unable to get a peek inside the cabin. The infotainment software will likely get updated, but we aren't expecting any significant changes. Engine options are unlikely to change, either.
Under the hood, the 8 Series Coupe is offered with a 3.0-liter producing 335 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque in the entry-level 840i or a 4.4-liter turbocharged V8 rated at 523 hp and 553 lb-ft in the more potent M850i. Both engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission, but it's suspected the six-pot will also benefit from 48-volt hybrid assistance with the refresh. BMW hasn't announced when the updated 8 Series will show its fresher face, but it will likely debut later this year.
Now that the Coupe and Gran Coupe derivatives have been spotted, it's probably only a matter of time before an 8 Series Convertible prototype gets spied, providing it hasn't been axed.