BMW is officially bringing back the 8 Series

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After turning its attention toupdating the 1 Series, BMW has seen fit to freshen up its 2 Series range for 2017 as well.

On the outside, the 2 Series gets new bi-LED headlights as standard, while available as an option are bi-LED adaptive headlights. The bulging fender over the rear wheel would be new design territory for BMW and seems to us like an unsubtle riff on the similar line on Bentley's Continental GT coupe (a auto this 8-series might compete with).

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BMW is said to be working on a new flagship two-door that could revive the storied 8-Series nameplate. Finally BMW is adding touchscreen functionality to the 8.8-inch display of the optional Navigation system, there's also wireless charging, as well as Apple CarPlay integration and Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 different devices.

Though BMW has not explicitly ruled out other variants, for now, it looks like just the two-door hardtop and convertible are coming. All the petrol and diesel engines are from the latest BMW EfficientDynamics engine family and feature BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. Look for the updated 2 Series in showrooms later this summer. Passengers at the back get their own remote for the infotainment system, and the new 5 even gets a few delightful features from the 7-Series. The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual while an 8-speed automatic is available. Furthermore, interior trim strips in high-grade wood Fineline Light with accentuating strips Pearl Gloss Chrome are to be had for the first time for the BMW 3 Series Sedan and the BMW 3 Series Touring. With its available V-12 engine, the 8-Series was almost a supercar in terms of its performance. Sophisticated suspension technology, a low centre of gravity, a wide track and nearly ideal 50:50 weight distribution all play their part in the BMW 2 Series outstanding dynamics and handling properties.