Every great car requires a nip/tuck.
The second-generation BMW 8 Series is already four years old. That may sound somewhat hard to believe but it's true. While we don't know if a direct successor is planned, we can confirm is that a facelift of the existing model is coming soon. Our spy photographers have just snapped images of the refreshed G14 8 Series Convertible out testing on the streets of Munich, Germany.
The last time we spotted a test mule was last May when we also got a nice preview of the updated interior. If you recall, the entire 8 Series lineup is due to receive a larger touchscreen (the current one measures 10.25-inches) and, presumably, updated software.
Those interior shots further confirmed the 8 Series will not be getting the i4's curved display, a feature we know will be making its way to the updated 3 Series, X6, and X5. Under the hood, the 8 Series is expected to retain the same engines. This includes a standard 3.0-liter six-cylinder producing 335 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque. A twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 with a healthier 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of twist will remain for the M850i.
Sources indicate some improvements will be made to these engines, possibly endowing them with a bit more power. As for the 8 Series Convertible prototype you're looking at here, underneath the camouflage there's a redesigned front bumper, slightly tweaked grille, and a new headlight design.
The headlights look almost identical to what's on the current model, but on closer inspection, you'll notice that they're slightly slimmer. Out back, there are some modifications made to the bumper and new taillight graphics.
An official launch date has not been announced but an early 2022 reveal sounds likely. Along with the convertible, the 8 Series lineup consists of the hardtop coupe and the four-door Gran Coupe. The latest 8 Series has not managed to achieve the status of the original E31, built from 1990 until 1999.
Available with V8s and V12s, the E31 is considered to be one of BMW's most beautiful cars. As a grand tourer, it checked every box and then some. While today's 8 Series is a fine vehicle, it's the first generation that remains on enthusiasts' minds the most.