Test drive The 8

Powerful as an entity, greater than the sum of its parts. Discover 8 stories of craftsmanship behind this masterpiece and welcome a new level of luxury, design and engineering.

The acoustics of The 8 are so finely tuned that the cabin itself acts as an amplifier. That’s before you’re moved by the 16 harman/kardon speakers and awe-inspiring V8 engine of the M850i xDrive model. The end result? Sensational sensory alignment like never before.

Meet a car that is forward-facing in more than just design. Equipped with the very latest in BMW engineering, like driver-centric controls, a stunning 10.25" touchscreen information display and a fully digital 12.3" instrument cluster – the cockpit and every other element of The 8 is created to bring cutting-edge technology to your fingertips. So, no matter what the road ahead brings, you’re ready.

When a car has raced at Le Mans, does its potential even have a finish line? Developed first as the iconic BMW M8 GTE, racing heritage flows through every aspect of this car – from the ultra-responsive Integral Active Steering to the completely rethought aerodynamics. While some may be adapted to the track, The 8 was born there.

Icons aren’t born overnight. From that moment in 1989 when the first-generation 8 Series made its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show, to its rebirth as The 8 in 2018; this car has been built on performance – delivering a feeling 29 years in the making.

Some cars are simply manufactured. Others are born from a creative vision of what could be. Designed, crafted and engineered by countless hands, The 8 is the stunning realisation of a quest for the ultimate blend of sporting performance and contemporary luxury. The mark of this achievement? Bayerische Motoren Werke.

Great performance begins with carefully considered details. Under the hood lies craftsmanship in the thousands of hours. The BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system works alongside our latest driving assistance technology to place you at the centre of the drive. This all results in one feeling: total control.

Though steeped in heritage, this car is the start of something profoundly new. Be it the hand-crafted glass gear selector and driver controls, or our slimmest LED headlights yet – countless features fall into a new design language you could be one of the first to showcase.

Both powerful and beautiful in equal measures, this machine moves with a rare, precious elegance. The heritage-styled, double-bubble roof doesn’t just connect the old with the magnificently new – it connects The 8 with the road as part of a ground-breaking aerodynamic profile. Everything about this car has been considered, then considered again.

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