For the first time in nearly 20 years, BMW has updated the 8 Series coupe. BMW’s numerical car line had maxed out at the 7 Series, a CFRP-intensive model which only sold 9,276 units last year. BMW’s press release also made mention of an M8 being in development, but no additional details were revealed.
For the 2019 8 Series Coupe, BMW constructed the instrument panel out of magnesium while using CFRP for the transmission tunnel. The OEM also will allow customers the option of a CFRP roof, which is a production first for BMW that will help lower the vehicle’s center of gravity, thus enhancing the sports car’s agility. The OEM will also offer an optional M carbon package in which the air intake bars, mirror caps, spoiler and rear diffuser are made out of CFRP.
BMW plans to release two model variants of the coupe: the BMW M850i xDrive Coupe M Performance model with a new, 390 kW/530 hp V8 engine, and the BMW 840d xDrive Coupe with a six-cylinder in-line diesel unit.
However, because aluminum is used for the doors and hood, and magnesium is used for pieces of the passenger compartment of the variants, the vehicles weigh in at 4,478 pounds, more than 100 pounds heavier than the current M5.
BMW says it is aiming for a November 2018 launch. For full vehicle specs, click here.