The new BMW 8 Series has made its official debut today – marking the return of the 8 Series nameplate after nearly 20 years of hiatus.
Two versions of the 8 Series will be available from launch: the diesel 840d and the M850i xDrive. The M850i xDrive will be the model that will first arrive in North America and will feature a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 making 530 hp from 5,500 RPM-6,000 RPM and 553 lb-ft of torque from 1,800 RPM-4,600 RPM. BMW claims the all-wheel-drive coupe will hustle from 0-60 mph in as low as 3.7s, while top speed will be limited to 155 mph. All 8 Series models will also use the automaker’s eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission.
As for the suspension and steering, BMW says all 8 Series models will feature a double-wishbone front axle and a five-link rear axle, along with standard Adaptive M dampers, electrically assisted mechanical steering and an electronic differential. The vehicle also has a “nearly fully sealed” underbody and an optional carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic roof that reduces weight high-up in the vehicle’s center of gravity. The CFRP roof is joined by other optional, lightweight CFRP components such as the front air intake bars, mirror caps, rear spoiler and rear diffuser – all part of the optional carbon fiber package.
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This being a grand tourer, the cabin was an area of great focus for BMW. One of the more exciting interior features is the new BMW Live Cockpit Professional 12.3-inch driver’s display, which features a number of different layouts and designs. Joining the digital cockpit display is a 10.25-inch center stack display with BMW Operating System 7.0 and the latest version of BMW’s Head-Up Display. Other features include standard Vernasca leather upholstery, an optional Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system and glass control buttons. The very cool BMW Display Key is available with the car as well.
A range of advanced driver assist features are also on the table including Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Steering and lane Control Assist, Lane Change Warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Keep Assist with side collision protection and evasion aid, BMW Night Vision, Crossing traffic warning and Parking Assist.
The BMW 8 Series Coupe will go on sale in Europe later this year.
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