BMW’s luxurious 8 Series Coupe hits race track in Italy

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. The prototype of the production model is undergoing endurance tests supported by BMW Motorsport.

By: | Published: January 26, 2018 3:50 PM

German Automaker is getting ready with all-new BMW 8 Series Coupe and the company has gone all out publicly to showcase its luxurious and sporty BMW 8 Series undergoing testing. A close-to-production prototype has been undergoing intensive testing on a high-speed proving ground in Aprilia, Italy. The tests serve in particular to optimise the vehicle’s driving dynamics on surfaces with a high friction. BMW 8 Series Coupe will make its debut in 2018.

The test drives are being carried out with a heavily camouflaged prototype, which nevertheless gives strong design language 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 aggressive front and rear ends give a sporty driving experience.

The new BMW 8 Series took rounds around the 4 kilometres long oval circuit, including steep bends, the area situated in the proximity of Rome offers above all 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. The company says that new BMW 8 Series Coupe has shown that it "offers maximum agility and precision in highly dynamic 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.

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. The prototype of the production model is undergoing endurance tests supported by BMW Motorsport. BMW M8 GTE will make its racing debut at the Daytona 24-hour race. In June 2018, it will then participate in the 24-hour race at Le Mans.

BMW's NEXT strategy will see luxury taking the prime focus and the new BMW 8 Series Cope addition to its existing portfolio will target high-end exclusive customers. BMW Group says that the 8 Series addresses the prerequisites for winning over the most demanding target groups and convincing them with a unique combination of supreme dynamics and modern luxury.

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