BMW’s Eight-Collection is extra of a grand tourer than an out-and-out sports activities automotive
Their advertising and marketing individuals received it into their heads a very long time in the past that sporty sells, so virtually all the things manufactured from metallic and fitted with 4 wheels can have the label.
Sports activities utility autos are an ideal instance: there’s not a substantial amount of sportiness a few boxy Chelsea tractor but it surely’s nonetheless referred to as an SUV.
Coupés can genuinely be described as sporty – though that does not all the time essentially make them sports activities vehicles.
Take this new BMW Eight-Collection.
The German agency describes it as the most recent in its “lengthy and illustrious historical past of creating iconic and sensational sports activities vehicles” however the Eight isn’t any 507, M1 or Z8.
Actually, it is rather a lot nearer to what one firm govt described as “a gentleman’s tourer” than an out-and-out sports activities automotive.
The Eight-Collection may be very a lot a tourer, with a design that displays the sensation this is not a hardcore machine however one thing constructed for taking up longer journeys that contain as a lot motorway driving as they do twistier B roads.
The not-inconsiderable dimension and coupé silhouette are refined and imposing however the swoop of the roof barely jars the eyeline, because it appears as if it might’t wait to start out its descent to the rear. BMW will launch four-door and convertible variations of the Eight-Collection in 2019 and we suspect that the styling could be higher resolved with these.
Initially, there are simply two engine variants with this coupé, a three.Zero-litre turbo-diesel and a Four.Four-litre petrol unit.
The diesel is the 840d which makes use of a six-cylinder, twin-turbo powerplant, generates 316bhp and allows a Zero-to 60mph dash in simply Four.Eight seconds. Common gasoline economic system is 46.3mpg and emissions 160g/km.
This engine is already fitted within the likes of the X5 and 7-Collection, the place it pulls strongly and has a refined character.
The petrol 850i although is a brand new V8 petrol engine. It produces a potent 522bhp to thrust the automotive to 60mph from a standing begin in simply three.6 seconds. It definitely feels highly effective, with numerous shove on faucet when prompted by the throttle pedal.
Certainly, will probably be greater than sufficient for many house owners and solely a cross-continental run – the sort of journey this automotive is constructed for – together with stretches of autobahn will see it attain something like its potential.
Nevertheless, on this mode you are unlikely to see something just like the official 28.8mpg common gasoline economic system (emissions are 224g/km).
BOTH engines come mated to an eight-speed Steptronic computerized gearbox that makes adjustments easily and shortly, whereas there are additionally gearchange paddles behind the steering wheel to permit drivers to make their very own selections on when to swap cogs up or down.
Every of the Eight-Collection fashions additionally has the xDrive four-wheel drive system on board that may distribute energy to the entrance or rear wheels, relying on how traction can finest be maximised.
Nevertheless, as it is a BMW, there’s a bias in direction of the rear wheels in common driving circumstances that’s according to the corporate’s proud heritage for rear-drive vehicles.
The facility, traction and swift gearchanges all contribute to make this Eight-Collection an completed automotive on the highway.
Think about BMW’s typical excessive customary of dealing with and it provides as much as a reasonably rewarding drive: there’s loads of grip, it feels steady and properly balanced, and completely different driving modes imply that there is a setting for many driving circumstances.
There’s additionally an lively steering characteristic which means the rear wheels steer barely, to assist cut back the turning circle and provides higher stability when altering lanes or cornering at excessive velocity.
As befits a luxurious automotive, the Eight’s cabin is a really comfy place through which to spend time, cosseted by the best supplies. The sports activities seats are extraordinarily comfy and foster a way of leisure – until you are sitting within the rear. The Eight-Collection is described as a 2+2, however the +2 doesn’t suggest two adults, as a result of no one taller than 3ft will slot in them.
They’re finest seen as additional space for storing or, when folded, a approach of accelerating the load capability of the boot – which is an inexpensive 420 litres anyway.
Expertise-wise, there’s BMW’s iDrive system, which is superb in some ways, however Apple Carplay solely works wirelessly (versus plugging a lead into the USB) over Bluetooth and there are nonetheless too many menus and sub-menus.
The Eight-Collection may be very spectacular and completed and possession can be a rewarding expertise in some ways.
However we will not assist feeling there’s simply one thing missing. We have been huge followers of the outdated 6-Collection that the Eight replaces, however one way or the other this does not supply the identical pleasing engagement.
The 6 wasn’t thrilling, precisely, but it surely had a sure grown-up je ne sais quoi that made it simply really feel proper. Maybe the Eight-Collection four-door Gran Coupé may supply that, however in the mean time this coupe would not fairly hit the spot.
Not that there is a nice deal in the best way of direct competitors, exterior of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupé, or Bentley Continental GT, that are each dearer: four-door vehicles such because the Porsche Panamera and Audi RS7 will probably be extra of a rival to that forthcoming four-door mannequin.
Nevertheless a lot BMW needs to persuade us it’s a sports activities automotive, the Eight-Collection Coupé is a luxurious grand tourer: take a look at it that approach and it is a extra convincing proposition.
Steering wheel paddles enable guide gearchange
Mannequin: BMW Eight-Collection
On sale: now
Worth vary: £76,270 ? £100,045
Engine vary: Petrol ? Four.Four-litre V8; Turbo-diesel ? three.Zero-litre
Energy: Zero-60mph in three.6 secs, 155mph high velocity (Four.Four)
Common gasoline economic system: 46.3mpg (three.0TD)
CO2 emissions vary: 160 ? 224g /km
Rivals: Aston Martin Rapide, Bentley Continental GT, Mercedes S-Class Coupé