New 2022 BMW 8 Series spotted: price, specs and release date
The facelifted BMW 8 Series has been spotted in Gran Coupe guise before it goes on sale in early 2022. Read on for everything you need to know about this updated GT car.
- Updated BMW 8 Series on the way
- Spied in four-door Gran Coupe guise
- Two-door coupe and cabriolet versions expected
- Similar engine options to current car
- Interior likely to get mild revamp
- Should go on sale by early 2022
- Expected to cost from £74,000
The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is the German car maker’s alternative to the likes of the Mercedes CLS, the Audi A7 Sportback and the Porsche Panamera. It’s been on sale for a few years now, so BMW’s getting ready to launch an updated version with new looks and extra tech. See the prototype being put through its paces in these spy photos.
2022 BMW 8 Series design
Judging by the fairly limited disguise on this test car, the BMW 8 Series isn’t set to get a radical redesign as part of its mid-life refresh. The changes will mostly be limited to detail tweaks on the bumpers, bonnet and air intakes.
Even the front grille seems to have been carried over mostly unchanged from the current car, so there’ll be no huge coffin-shaped intakes like you get in the new BMW 4 Series and upcoming 4 Series Gran Coupe.
Like the current 8 Series, the updated version will be available in an array of different body styles. The test car in these pictures confirms there’ll be a four-door Gran Coupe version, and there will also be two-door coupe and soft-top convertible versions if you’d prefer something less practical, but much sleeker.
2022 BMW 8 Series engines
As with the design, the new BMW 8 Series will likely use a similar range of engines to the outgoing model. Expect the range to consist of a selection of six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, along with a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 that’ll be offered in range-topping cars.
A reworked version of that same V8 will power the high-performance M8 models, too. Expect the new M8 Coupe and M8 Gran Coupe to be the quickest-accelerating and fastest BMWs you can buy.
There’s a chance the 8 Series’ six-cylinder engines could come fitted with a new mild-hybrid system to help them use less fuel and produce fewer emissions. There’s also a (slim) chance the new 8 Series could come with the same plug-in hybrid system as the BMW 7 Series 745e with around 30 miles of electric range.
2022 BMW 8 Series interior
If the exterior is anything to go by, the BMW 8 Series’ interior likely won’t change that much as part of its mid-life facelift. Don’t be surprised if BMW spices things up a bit with a redesigned steering wheel and the option of some new interior trim pieces.
There’s a chance the revised 8 Series could come with BMW’s latest iDrive 8 system. This will be available in the iX SUV first and will feature an even smarter voice-activated personal assistant. It’ll also get over-the-air updates that’ll keep your car’s software up-to-date without you having to visit a dealership.
2022 BMW 8 Series prices and release date
There’s no word just yet on a release date for the updated BMW 8 Series, though the car should arrive in showrooms by early 2022.
Because this is only a mid-life facelift, rather than an all-new model, the new 8 Series isn’t expected to cost much more than the current car. You can expect to pay from around £74,000 for a new four-door model, and slightly more for a two-door coupe. Convertibles will be pricier again, while range-topping M8 versions will set you back at least £120,000.