The German luxury automaker BMW is all set to introduce a digital instrument cluster with the new 8 Series. The digital instrument cluster will feature in the luxury vehicle as a part of their new dashboard design. The production version of the 8 Series is all set to be revealed at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on June 15, 2018 and the newly added feature has already been spied with the car ahead of its reveal. The leaked image shows that BMW’s two-door range-topper vehicle will swap the conventional dials of its siblings for a digital layout.
BMW 8 Series, the saloon version of the Gran Coupe that debuted at the Geneva Motor Show earlier this year will receive the new digital instrument cluster that has only been available on the i3 and i8 till date. Apart from the new digital instrument cluster, the upcoming BMW 8 Series is also expected to be equipped with BMW's most advanced suspension technology. It will be an attempt to make it more driver-oriented than the other rivals such as Mercedes-Benz S-class Coupe and the Bentley Continental GT.
Looking at the details about the new digital instrument cluster, instead of being touch-screen type the new 8 Series will feature the traditional physical buttons and is expected more likely to be a 10.2-inch screen or maybe bigger from the one seen on the new 7 Series. Other than this, BMW will also install the latest version of the iDrive that will offer improved touch sensitivity and internal memory big enough to store 10 different configurations. The level of premiumness has also been maintained inside the cabin with red and black leather along with metallic accents and the M- steering wheel. Though the interior looks quite prominent in terms of looks but how it serves will be more interesting to see when the 8 Series breaks the cover.
Talking about the 8-Series, Christian Billig, head of drive system integration at BMW, said: “Above all, the eight-cylinder harmonizes perfectly with the further developed Steptronic transmission during dynamic acceleration. At the same time, the sound development of the sports exhaust system authentically reflects the car’s power delivery."
Mechanically, the upcoming BMW 8 Series is expected to come powered by an iPerformance-badged plug-in hybrid in the range along with the entry-level 3.0-litre six-cylinder diesel unit empowering the 730d will be used in the 830d. Other powertrain options include more performance-oriented 4.4-litre V8 currently employed in the 750i, mated to xDrive (all-wheel drive) and producing 515 hp. Apart from these, BMW has also plans to introduce V12-engined model at a later stage. One interesting thing is that the most powerful variant of the range will be the M8, which will come powered by the lighter V8 in an upgraded form. However, confirmed details about the powertrain specifications of the BMW 8 Series have not been revealed yet and we’ll have to wait till the automaker unveils the luxurious vehicle at the Le Mans next month.
Talking about the new BMW 8 Series, underpinned by the new modular Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform and sharing the platform with the new 6 Series, the upcoming 8 Series by BMW will offer a number of cues common with the Concept, showcased at the 2017 Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este. In terms of designing and features, the new BMW 8 Series will offer a large kidney grille along with the slimmer twin laser headlights and large air intakes along with crisp lines and flowing roofline in perfect proportions on the body of the car. Other features will include 21-inch light-alloy wheels and the flared wheel arches as well as the L-shaped lights, carbon-fibre diffuser and the trapezoidal exhaust pipes concluding the look at the rear.
One of the largest build-ups in recent automotive history, the BMW 8 Series has already been showcased with the help of three different concepts. Though the car has been showcased with full camouflage till date, first of these concepts previewed the standard car, while the second M8 Gran Coupe concept showcased a high performance version of the car. The M8 GTE which is competing in the 2018 World Endurance Championship has been based on the third concept that was a racing car concept.
The upcoming BMW 8 Series coupé will indirectly replace the 6-series coupé. As the 6-Series will see the end of its production run this year, hence the 6-series convertible will be indirectly replaced by the 8-series convertible in 2019. Similarly, other 6-series variant, the Gran Coupe is likely to be superseded by an 8-series Gran Coupe. When launched, the new BMW 8 Series will take against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé and Bentley Continental GT. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming BMW 8 Series.