Two-door with AWD, rear-wheel steering bows to take on the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

 BMW finally took the covers off of its new 8 Series Coupe mid-June, revealing a stylish two-door available – at least in Europe – with a straight-six diesel or a twin-turbo V8.

Fitted standard with xDrive AWD and an eight-speed automatic, the 8 Series will nail 100 km/h from zero in either 3.7 seconds in M850i trim with the aforementioned 530-hp V8 and launch control; or 4.9 seconds with the 320-hp 501-lb-ft-of-torque 3.0-litre diesel in the 840d.

The automaker’s keeping the coupe’s weight down with aluminum and carbon-fibre components, and uses active chassis tech and rear-wheel steering to keep the car well-balanced in terms of handling and the 20-inch wheels pointed where you want them.

The 8 Series Coupe is wider, lower and shorter than its chief rival, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, aiming for the sportier side of the GT segment. The exterior styling is aggressive while the cabin is rather subtle, with a dash dominated by two 12.3- and 10.25-inch displays.

Word is a more powerful 600-plus horsepower M8 is already in the works, so BMW can level its sights at targets like the Aston Martin DB11 V8 and Mercedes-AMG S63 — that car would take on the role of BMW’s flagship, while a rumoured convertible and four-door Gran Coupe would fill out the range.

Canadian pricing or availability has not yet been revealed, but deliveries of the first production cars are expected before the end of the year, so expect the 8 Series Coupe in your local BMW dealership soon.

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