BMW has just introduced the new 8 Series Coupe and it will be available from November this year. From the pictures we can make out that the new 8 Series Coupe is a beautifuly looking combination of inspiring sportiness and contemporary luxury, assured long-distance comfort and innovative user-operation, driver assistance and connectivity technology.
There is no doubt that it's got signiicant road presence and that it will be as joyful and luxurious to drive as ever, but when you gather what all this car has got packing, it actually sounds like it could be the best luxury sports car available todayt. It was developed parallel to the BMW M8 and the BMW M8 GTE endurance racer and some of the features that really make it seem like it could be an every day track tool include its low centre of gravity, well-balanced weight distribution, lightweight construction using aluminium, magnesium and carbon-fibre-reinforced plastic, aerodynamically optimised and virtually lift-free body, powerful engines, sports exhaust system, rear axle differential lock, extremely stiff body and suspension structure, and its Adaptive M suspension, Integral Active Steering and mixed-size tyres Keep in mind that all of this comes as standard equipment.
All of this is packed into a beautiful looking long wheelbase coupe that looks stunning on the road. The 8 Series Coupe has got typicla sports car dimensions and has elegantly flowing lines along a low-slung body, with a long bonnet and heavily tapered glasshouse,. It also gets some muscle with its powerful shoulderline and distinctive “double-bubble” roof contouring. The 8 Series Coupe will also feature the slimmest headlight design ever on a BMW.
The interios have also been made to resemble a sports car but the emphasis has been clearly put on luxury and comfort. The redesigne sports seats have been put in a low seating position and Vernasca leather trim comes as standard. The cabin also features high-grade materials, sophisticated interior lighting, and trim surfaces rising from the centre console to the instrument panel.
There will be two model variants: The BMW M850i xDrive Coupe M Performance model gets a new 530bhp V8 engine and the BMW 840d xDrive Coupe gets a six-cylinder in-line diesel unit developing 320bhp. For both variants the power is transfered via a further developed eight-speed Steptronic transmission, allowing the M850i to accelerate from 0-100km/h in just 3.7 seconds, and the M840d in only 4.9 seconds.