2018 BMW 8 Series – exclusive Reader Test Team preview

Join What Car? for an exclusive preview of the new BMW 8 Series on Tuesday 10 July in Farnborough, Hampshire...

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Kris Culmer
26 Jun 2018 10:26 | Last updated: 12 Jul 2018 11:7

BMW has an all-new flagship model on the way: the 8 Series, a luxury four-seat coupé that rivals the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé and, in its hottest form, the Aston Martin DB11.

The grand tourer has an interior that features the luxury of the 7 Series and BMW's 12.3in digital instrument cluster, plus a 10.3in infotainment touchscreen as standard.

Just two versions of the 8 Series will be available from launch. The range kicks off with the 840d xDrive diesel, which has a 3.0-litre six-cylinder engine producing 315bhp – enough to get the 8 Series from 0-62mph in 4.9sec. Buyers wanting petrol power have the M850i xDrive, with a heady 523bhp from its 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine. It can cover the 0-62mph sprint in 3.7sec – faster than all but the most hardcore versions of the Porsche 911 sports car. A hardcore M8 is also due to arrive near the end of next year, with a V8 petrol engine producing around 600bhp.

2018 BMW 8 Series – exclusive Reader Test Team preview

A cabriolet and four-door Gran Coupé model will arrive in due course, too.

Prices for the 8 Series start from £76,270, making it a comparative bargain next to the S-Class Coupé, which starts from £102,860.

If you're interested in the 8 Series, come along and tell us what you think. At the event, you'll get a close-up look of the car and a Q&A opportunity with BMW's team, before being interviewed for our magazine and website.

To apply, email the following information to readertestteam@haynet.com

  • Your name
  • Your age
  • Your mobile number
  • Your occupation
  • What car you currently drive
  • Where you'll be travelling from
  • Why you want to see the new BMW 8 Series

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Full details of the 8 Series can be read here.