BMW is back with a true halo model, relaunching the 8 Series Coupe almost twenty years after the first-generation car went out of production. The German brand has changed substantially in the two decades that separate the two cars.
In the late nineties, BMW had a model range that was still dominated chiefly by saloons of varying sizes. Today, the company has more than ten different core product lines, with multiple niches covered under the same Series. It has helped BMW sell more cars, but offerings like the 2 Series Active Tourer and X6 have made some question just what the brand stands for.
Expectations will be high that the new 8 Series will reaffirm BMW as a producer of cars for those who want driving fun. We’ll know for certain late this year.
This week we have driven the new Mercedes-Benz A-Class, spent a week with a McLaren supercar, and remembered the cars that your dad is likely to have driven. We’ve also covered all the latest motoring news, from dieselgate to Fifth Gear.
BMW is bringing back the 8 Series Coupe, acting as a range-topping model for the Munich marque. Will it be able to deliver a driving experience to match the looks?
- There’s now a coachbuilt shooting brake version of the Tesla Model S.
- Microsoft’s Forza Horizon 4 video game is due to be set in Great Britain.
- Whilst the McLaren Automotive Senna hypercar is the cover star of it.
- Guy Martin is set to take on Jenson Button in a classic Williams F1 car.
- Volkswagen has been fined €1billion in Germany over dieselgate.
- And Mercedes-Benz is now being forced to recall 274,000 diesel cars.
- Alfa Romeo has created two special editions inspired by the Nürburgring.
- Kahn Design has built a World Cup Edition Land Rover Defender.
Fans of Tiff Needell, Jason and Plato, Jonny Smith, and Vicky Butler-Henderson need to start getting excited. Fifth Gear is set to return to our screens in September.
2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class – First drive review
As one of the biggest markets for the A-Class, it’s safe to say we love the premium Merc hatch in the UK. Can the latest fourth-gen car maintain our love affair with it?
2018 McLaren 720S – Seven days in supercar heaven
What would you say if you were offered the chance to drive a supercar for a week? Unsurprisingly, we jumped at the opportunity to spend seven days with the 720S.
Driving four modern classics that shaped Audi
Audi is now one of the most desirable car brands on the planet, but less than three decades ago it was still an outsider. We drove four of the cars that made it great.
England v Germany: the World Cup of cars
It probably hasn’t escaped your attention that the 2018 football World Cup kicked off this week. These are the best English and German cars to be made since 1966.
My dad had one of them!
With Father’s Day this weekend, what better time than to take a look back at the cars he probably drove. We’ve also included the ones that he spent his nights dreaming of being able to own.
Le Mans ‘Mad Friday’
The on-track action at the Le Mans 24 Hours is only part of the attraction for petrolheads. The Friday before the race is perfect for spotting the wild and weird cars driven by fans to the French classic.
The original BMW 8 Series
Whilst all the excitement may be around the new BMW 8 Series, we’ve taken a look back a the one Munich made before. Gav tells the tale of what it got right, and what stopped it from success.
Buy Saga Noren’s Porsche 911
If you’re a fan of the hit Scandinavian TV show The Bridge, then you might be interested in a chance to buy the four-wheeled star from it. The Jäger Grün Porsche 911 is going up for auction.