The new BMW 8 Series coupe undergoes track testing ahead of reveal

While the BMW Concept 8 Series was revealed last spring at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, a close-to-series prototype is currently undergoing intensive testing on a high-speed proving ground in Aprilia, Italy.

The tests serve in particular to optimise the vehicle’s driving dynamics and mark a further decisive stage on the way to the launch of the new BMW 8 coupe later this year.

BMW 8 Series prototype on track

The test drives are being carried out with a heavily camouflaged prototype, which nevertheless gives strong indication of the new BMW 8 Series coupe’s typical sports car proportions. As in the case of the BMW Concept 8 Series, the dynamically stretched lines, the flat silhouette and the powerful front and rear ends give a foretaste of what promises to be a sporty driving experience.

With its four kilometres long oval circuit, the area situated near Rome offers the perfect conditions for high-speed and high friction coefficient tests. Moreover, the acceleration, braking and steering behaviour of the new sports car are analysed on circuits, slalom courses and different road surfaces.

This highly demanding test programme has shown that the 8 Series offers maximum agility and precision in highly dynamics situations. Likewise, the car is also able to meet the highest demands in terms of supremacy and comfort.

“The test drives under the most severe conditions show that we are right on target with our concept for the new BMW 8 Series Coupe. The vehicle dynamics values already achieved are absolutely impressive.

“Our customers and fans can look forward to a genuine sports car,” says Klaus Fröhlich, member of the board of the BMW AG, development and research, who oversees the test programme in Italy.

BMW 8 Series prototype

This high vehicle dynamics potential results from an extraordinary close connection between motorsports and series production. The new BMW 8 Series Coupe is being developed parallel to, and in close coordination with, the BMW M8 and the BMW M8 GTE racing car ahead of that cars debut at the Daytona 24-hour race and the 24-hour race at Le Mans later in the year.

The knowledge gained there and at numerous other racing events in the FIA WEC and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship are all expected to directly benefit the ongoing development of the BMW 8 Series coupe.

BMW 8 Series prototype rear

With a strong presence already in the luxury segment, BMW hope that the unique combination of supreme dynamics and modern luxury in the new BMW 8 Series coupe and the new BMW M8 can create the ideal portfolio for winning over the most demanding target group.

“The number 8 has always represented the pinnacle of sports performance and exclusivity at BMW,” said chairman of the board of management of BMW AG Harald Krüger.

“The forthcoming BMW 8 Series coupe will demonstrate that razor-sharp dynamics and modern luxury can go hand-in-hand.”

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