BMW 8 Series to boast beautiful style, excellent driving dynamics and a choice of engines
After much speculation and media fanfare, the wraps are off the all-new BMW 8 Series. And, like its ancestor from the 1990s, it should offer the very best of BMW in a quite simply gorgeous package.
The 8 Series debuts a new design language for BMW, and BMW insists that the 8 is a sports car rather than a grand tourer as its size might initially suggest. There’s a “double bubble” roof that pays homage to sports cars of a bygone era and a carbon fibre reinforced plastic highlights available as part of an optional styling pack.
Laser headlights are fitted and there’s optional selectable beam.
Two model variants will be offered initially, the M850i xDrive coupe that’s powered by a new 4.4 litre twin turbo V8 that develops 390 kW between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm and 750 Nm from between 1,800 to 4,600 rpm, and it’ll hit 100km/h in 3.7 seconds. It should sound too, with BMW carefully tuning the engine for acoustics.
A diesel model will also be available in the form of the BMW 840d xDrive. This model will be propelled by a 3.0 litre six-cylinder diesel that will make 235kW and 680Nm, complete the 0-100km/h dash in 4.9 seconds.
As the names suggests, both models are all-wheel drive with a rear drive bias, and that all-wheel drive system is paired to an eight-speed automatic with flappy paddles mounted on the steering wheel. The petrol powered 8 Series has an electronic diff lock which allows for some tail-wagging action.
As you’d expect from a high-end BMW, the new 8 Series is crammed with technology. There’s a myriad of driver assistance systems, BMW Operating System 7.0 display and control concept which makes sure that the driver has all correct information at any given time. The infotainment screen is 10.25 inches and the instrument panel is a huge 12 inches.
There’s also BMW’s Display Key – you can also unlock and lock the car via an app on a smartphone, telephony with wireless charging, climate seats, the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, over the air software updates, interconnectivity with other BMWs, Microsoft Office 365 and Skype for Business.
The 8 Series range will go on sale in November.