A close-to-production prototype of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe is currently undergoing intensive testing on a high-speed proving ground in Aprilia, Italy. The goal is to optimise the vehicle’s driving dynamics; further affirming its launch in 2018.
Tests are currently being carried out with a heavily camouflaged prototype but it’s already clear to see what the new 8 Series Coupe would look like. At the 4 km long oval circuit which includes steep bends, high speed and high friction coefficient tests are being conducted.
Acceleration, braking and steering behaviour of the new sports car are also being analysed on circuits, slalom courses and different road surfaces. The highly demanding test programme also aims to ensure all drive and suspension systems are perfectly in-sync with one another.
The new BMW 8 Series Coupe is also being developed in tandem with the new BMW M8 and the BMW M8 GTE race car. Location wise, the Nurburgring Nordschleife has been the main proving ground for testing and further enhancements of the new BMW M8.
“The test drives under the most severe conditions show that we are right on target with our concept for the new BMW 8 Series Coupe. The vehicle dynamics values already achieved are absolutely impressive. Our customers and fans can look forward to a genuine sports car,” says board member of BMW AG, Development and Research, Klaus Fröhlich, who is overseeing the test programme in Italy.