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Consider The Sultan’s BMW 8 Series While Awaiting The New One 10
Dec
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW 8-Series, Classics, used cars on 12 10th, 2017


BMW is gearing up to launch a new 8 Series. But as any Bimmerphile could tell you, it won’t be the first.

The Bavarian automaker produced just such a model between 1989 and 1999, cutting one of the sleekest profiles the industry has ever produced.

Just look at this one, for example. It’s an 850Ci from 1993, packing a then-newly upgraded 5.4-liter V12 rated at 322 horsepower and 360 lb-ft of torque – placing it second only to the quasi-M 850CSi.

This particular example was ordered in Maldives Blue Metallic, and is believed to be the only 850Ci ever made in that color and right-hand drive. That means it was made for countries where they drive on the left-hand side of the road, like in the UK, Japan… or Brunei.

In fact this one is said to have been delivered new to the Sultan of Brunei, who once stood as one of the world’s preeminent car collectors. Now nearly 15 years later, the car’s listed for sale on AutoTrader in the UK (and brought to our attention by our friends at Motor1), with an asking price of £36,995.

That’s nearly $50k at current exchange rates, or about the price of a new M240i coupe. Given the choice, which would you take between the two?

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BMW Puts 8-Series Concept In Front Of A Crowd, Perhaps For The Last Time 30
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 8-Series, BMW Concepts, concepts, Galleries, LA Auto Show on 11 30th, 2017


With the production-ready 8-Series Coupe coming out next year, it’s possible this might be one of the last, if not the very last time BMW shows off their 8-Series Concept at a car show.

The car was initially introduced earlier this year at Villa d’Este, after which it also made an appearance at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Now, with rumors of the production model debuting in Geneva next year, there wouldn’t be much else to do for the 8-Series Concept, but retire to memory.

Reports also suggest that once BMW puts the 8-Series Coupe into production next year, the Convertible will follow in 2019.

Yet, seeing this car in concept form remains very intriguing. We know the wing mirrors aren’t “keepers” and neither are those spectacular taillights or that futuristic steering wheel. However, the final product still manages to look genuinely sporty, despite all the camouflage.

Whether or not that’s going to be enough to give the S-Class Coupe a proper run for its money, remains to be seen.

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BMW Puts 8-Series Concept In Front Of A Crowd, Perhaps For The Last Time 30
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 8-Series, BMW Concepts, concepts, Galleries, LA Auto Show on 11 30th, 2017


With the production-ready 8-Series Coupe coming out next year, it’s possible this might be one of the last, if not the very last time BMW shows off their 8-Series Concept at a car show.

The car was initially introduced earlier this year at Villa d’Este, after which it also made an appearance at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Now, with rumors of the production model debuting in Geneva next year, there wouldn’t be much else to do for the 8-Series Concept, but retire to memory.

Reports also suggest that once BMW puts the 8-Series Coupe into production next year, the Convertible will follow in 2019.

Yet, seeing this car in concept form remains very intriguing. We know the wing mirrors aren’t “keepers” and neither are those spectacular taillights or that futuristic steering wheel. However, the final product still manages to look genuinely sporty, despite all the camouflage.

Whether or not that’s going to be enough to give the S-Class Coupe a proper run for its money, remains to be seen.

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U Spy: All-New BMW X5 And 8-Series Coupe Cruising Through Slovenia 27
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 8-Series, BMW Scoops, BMW X5, Scoops, U Spy on 11 27th, 2017


Since both the new BMW X5 and 8-Series cars will be launched sometime next year, your favorite Bavarian automaker is still busy testing as many prototypes as it can in cities around the world.

One of our readers, Miha, caught these two cars on camera in Ljubljana, Slovenia recently, and at least as far as the X5 is concerned, the SUV seems to be one of the earlier prototypes.

Judging by its license plate, it was probably registered around the same time as this G05 X5 prototype, spotted in Copenhagen back in April. As you can see, the camouflage is just as heavy, revealing very little about the SUVs shape and design elements.

Thankfully, we already caught a glimpse of the new X5 wearing very light camouflage earlier this month. Compared to the current model, the new car features a leaner exterior with larger kidney grilles, a more pronounced shark nose and possibly even smaller taillights.

Underneath all that, the all-new BMW X5 utilizes the automaker’s CLAR (cluster architecture) modular platform, also found in the 5-Series and 7-Series – with which it will share a variety of petrol and diesel engines. Some sources suggest that the 2019 X5 could be up to 250-300 kg (550 lbs to 660 lbs) lighter than its predecessor, something that will help improve performance, handling and fuel economy figures.

As for the 8-Series Coupe, the Germans are playing their cards very close to the chest when it comes to its design, although we know it will resemble the 8-Series Concept, the question is, how closely?

While this particular prototype is just as well-camouflaged as any of the other cars we’ve seen, we have actually taken a peak inside the cabin on a separate occasion and we can tell you that there are some similarities to the Concept, specifically the button configuration or the gauge cluster.

Like the new X5, the 8-Series will also utilize the CLAR platform, offering customers a choice of Coupe or Convertible, with an M8 version set to take its rightful place as the flagship of the range.

Thanks to Miha

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Low-Mile, Manual Alpina B12 5.7 Coupe Is Cool, But Is It Half-A-Million Cool? 21
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alpina, BMW, BMW 8-Series, Classics, used cars on 11 21st, 2017


If you ever thought that the most potent version of the classic BMW E31 8-Series was the 850CSi, think again; this is the Alpina B12 5.7 Coupe, the king of the E31 tribe.

Alpina made just 57 examples of the B12 5.7 Coupe based on the 850CSi and this is one of them: an exceptionally preserved, continent-crushing GT finished in Alpina Blue and with just 9,000km on the clock (around 5,600 miles).

It gets better, as this wonderful V12 coupe comes with the very desirable manual six-speed gearbox instead of the Shift-Tronic semi-automatic option. Power comes from a 5.7-liter version of the 850CSi’s engine, producing 410hp (416PS) and enabling the B12 5.7 Coupe to reach a top speed of 186mph (300km/h).

The bodywork also features the classic Alpina graphics while the 18-inch multispoke alloys look like the perfect fit in this application. The hood was made out of carbon-fiber and has additional air outlets as well as a NACA duct mounted in the middle.

The car is currently listed for sale on Classic Driver, based in Munich, Germany as an one-owner example. Price is set at 400,000 euros (around $472k today) which rather narrows down the list of prospective customers. At least we can stare at the pictures, right?

H/T To BaT!

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Low-Mile, Manual Alpina B12 5.7 Coupe Is Cool, But Is It Half-A-Million Cool? 21
Nov
Posted by Michael Karkafiris in Alpina, BMW, BMW 8-Series, Classics, used cars on 11 21st, 2017


If you ever thought that the most potent version of the classic BMW E31 8-Series was the 850CSi, think again; this is the Alpina B12 5.7 Coupe, the king of the E31 tribe.

Alpina made just 57 examples of the B12 5.7 Coupe based on the 850CSi and this is one of them: an exceptionally preserved, continent-crushing GT finished in Alpina Blue and with just 9,000km on the clock (around 5,600 miles).

It gets better, as this wonderful V12 coupe comes with the very desirable manual six-speed gearbox instead of the Shift-Tronic semi-automatic option. Power comes from a 5.7-liter version of the 850CSi’s engine, producing 410hp (416PS) and enabling the B12 5.7 Coupe to reach a top speed of 186mph (300km/h).

The bodywork also features the classic Alpina graphics while the 18-inch multispoke alloys look like the perfect fit in this application. The hood was made out of carbon-fiber and has additional air outlets as well as a NACA duct mounted in the middle.

The car is currently listed for sale on Classic Driver, based in Munich, Germany as an one-owner example. Price is set at 400,000 euros (around $472k today) which rather narrows down the list of prospective customers. At least we can stare at the pictures, right?

H/T To BaT!

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BMW Tipped To Slot M850i Into The Middle Of Its New 8 Series 19
Nov
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW 8-Series, BMW M8, Motorsport, racing on 11 19th, 2017


Bimmerphiles are eagerly awaiting the return of the 8 Series – and that day is fast approaching. But in the meantime, we have some fresh news and photos to share.

According to BMW Blog, the German automaker is preparing to slot an M Sport variant into the forthcoming 8 Series lineup in between the standard 840i and the full-on M8.

The rumors are still far from confirmed, but word has it that the M850i could pack over 500 horsepower from its twin-turbo V8, accompanied by a stiffer suspension, carbon-fiber roof, and other go-fast goodies.

The new 8 Series is slated to enter production sometime next year in Dingolfing, Germany. Our first glimpse at the finished production, however, may come in the form of the M8 GTE that’s set to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The latter kicks off with the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, preceded by a full test session at the same Florida circuit early in December – now less than two weeks away.

In preparation, BMW has undertaken a rigorous test regime of its own, shaking down its new racer at Paul Ricard in France for 24 hours straight. The images you see here were captured during that test session, an give us another glimpse at the competition version of the sports tourer to follow.

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BMW 850i And M8 Roar During Track Testing 17
Nov
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW 8-Series, BMW M8, BMW Scoops, BMW Videos, Nurburgring, Scoops, video on 11 17th, 2017


A pair of prototypes for the upcoming BMW 850i and M8 have been filmed testing at the Nurburgring. Of the duo, it is certainly the impending M8 that will leave BMW enthusiasts sweating and for good reason.

The car is expected to adopt the same running gear as the latest M5, meaning a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine with 600 hp and roughly 553 lb-ft of torque. Like the M5, the M8 should also receive an advanced all-wheel drive system with an option to turn the two-door into a tire-smoking, rear-wheel drive monster at the press of a button.

As for the second 8-Series prototype, it is reportedly the 850i but its identity is a little harder to verify. Nonetheless, it too should feature a V8 with forced-induction and somewhere in the region of 500 hp.

A reveal date for the 8-Series range, including the M8, can be expected for March’s Geneva Motor Show.

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New BMW M8’s Interior Spied For The First Time 3
Nov
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 8-Series, BMW M8, BMW Scoops, Nurburgring, Scoops on 11 3rd, 2017


Whether we’re talking about the regular 8-Series or the M8, this marks the first time we’ve gotten a glimpse of the interior as the car begins to near production.

While the overall cabin design is still very much an unknown, we can see the seats, the steering wheel and the center console (partly), which does indeed appear to have the same configuration of buttons and switches we saw on the 8-Series Concept, although a bit less extravagant.

The steering wheel is pretty similar to that of a 7-Series, but that could very well change once it’s all said and done. Also, the gauge cluster cover does resemble what we saw on the concept, clearly a positive.

The M8 remains extremely well camouflaged. We can tell it’s got the bigger intakes, quad exhaust system, bigger brakes and so on, although it’s not wearing its production headlights, which we already saw two months ago on a regular 8-Series prototype.

As for performance, we can expect plenty of muscle from its 4.4-liter TwinPower turbo V8, with around 600 HP and over 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) having their say under acceleration.

BMW’s all-new 8-Series range, which includes both the M8 and M8 Convertible, will arrive in showrooms sometime next year.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoops

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BMW Secures Trademarks For M1 CSL Through To M8 CSL 6
Oct
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW 1-Series, BMW 2-Series, BMW 3-series, BMW 4-Series, BMW 5-Series, BMW 6-Series, BMW 7-Series, BMW 8-Series, Reports on 10 6th, 2017


BMW has filed a selection of CSL patent with the World Intellectual Property Organization in Germany.
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BMW To Start 8-Series Production In 2018 28
Sep
Posted by Brad Anderson in BMW, BMW 8-Series, Reports on 09 28th, 2017


BMW has confirmed that it will commence production of the long-awaited 8-Series at its factory in Dingolfing, Germany in 2018.
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BMW 8-Series Concept Brings Sinister Silhouette To IAA 12
Sep
Posted by Sergiu Tudose in BMW, BMW 8-Series, BMW Concepts, concepts, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Galleries on 09 12th, 2017


After stunning the crowd at Villa d'Este earlier this year, BMW's 8-Series concept dropped by Frankfurt, as if we needed more of a reminder of its much-anticipated arrival in 2018.
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BMW M8 GTE Racer Rocks Frankfurt Before The Road Car’s Even Ready 12
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW 8-Series, BMW M8, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Le Mans, Motorsport, racing on 09 12th, 2017


GT racing cars are typically based on production models. And so it is with the new BMW M8 GTE. The difference here is that BMW has unveiled the competition version before the road-going model.
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BMW M8 GTE Racer Rocks Frankfurt Before The Road Car’s Even Ready 12
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW 8-Series, BMW M8, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Le Mans, Motorsport, racing on 09 12th, 2017


GT racing cars are typically based on production models. And so it is with the new BMW M8 GTE. The difference here is that BMW has unveiled the competition version before the road-going model.
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BMW M8 GTE Racer Rocks Frankfurt Before The Road Car’s Even Ready 12
Sep
Posted by Carscoops Staff in BMW, BMW 8-Series, BMW M8, Frankfurt-Motor-Show, Le Mans, Motorsport, racing on 09 12th, 2017


GT racing cars are typically based on production models. And so it is with the new BMW M8 GTE. The difference here is that BMW has unveiled the competition version before the road-going model.
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