As early as 2018, the BMW 8 Series should reshuffle the cards in the luxury class and bring a breath of fresh air from Germany’s southeast. As part of the reorganization of the BMW upper class, the successors to the current 6-series models will be partially sorted into the revived BMW 8-series, in return the previous 5-series GT will be promoted to the 6-series and will also be able to play a league higher from 2017. It is clear that the new names also mean higher standards: Even better materials, even more meticulous workmanship, even more high-tech and even more driving pleasure must be on board in order to justify the rise compared to customers who are particularly demanding in this price range.
Current Erlkonig videos now show how the BMW 8 Series Coupe and the technically closely related convertible complete test drives in Arjeplog. The BMW Group has been running a large test center in northern Sweden for many years, which is used to test practically all innovations under winter conditions. It is therefore no surprise that the BMW 8 Series Convertible and Coupe also have to pass their cold tests here.
BMW : Videos on Coupe & Convertible in winter test
On the snow-covered roads and the ice lake that is completely frozen over for several months in winter, which the BMW Driving Experience also uses for extensive winter driver training, the vehicles can not only prove their reliability in extreme cold. The coordination of the electronic control systems can also be advanced in a targeted manner on snow and ice in order to be able to implement characteristics that match the vehicle class and the respective drive.
In the case of the BMW , we can assume that there will be particularly powerful drives across the board, because the basic models 840i and 840d are already powered by in-line six-cylinder engines. In addition, the V8-driven BMW 850i with over 450 hp offers even more performance and prestige for everyone who places particular value on superior driving performance. It remains to be seen how the Munich-based company will design the top models of the 8 series: Both a BMW M860i as an M Performance model with V12 biturbo and a BMW M8 are conceivable, both variants promise a large margin and could be based on the already safe models from 2019 consequences.