The final prototypes of the BMW 8 Series are still currently being tested on public roads, but unfortunately one of those vehicles was unveiled in a deadly crash. The accident took place near Bodenkirchen, a municipality in the district of Landshut in Bavaria, when the 37-year-old driver of a near-production test vehicle lost control of the coupe and went off the road.
According to the preliminary police investigation, the driver was speeding and failed to follow the road up ahead while making a right turn. The 8 Series prototype, which appears to be an M850i version, collided with several trees before coming to a stop on the right side of the road.
The driver managed to exit the vehicle, but the the 53-year-old front passenger remained blocked inside the car.
Emergency rescue teams had to use a hydraulic spreader-cutter to remove the roof and take the injured woman out of the severely damaged BMW. Unfortunately, the victim had suffered multiple head injuries and died at the scene of the accident.
As you can see in the video, the car suffered significant damage and eventually came to a rest on its side.
Our sincere condolences go to the family of the deceased.
The BMW 8 Series Coupe will be officially revealed this coming Friday, on June 15, during the 86th 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race.