The exterior design of the new-generation BMW 8 Series Coupe exudes a very modern form of sporting appeal, beautifully blended with an air of exclusiveness and sensual allure. Its unique aura is the result of a new styling language focusing on clarity, modernity and emotional engagement. The expressive surface design of the exterior bodyshell emphasises the dynamic character of the new 8 Series Coupe with greater intensity than on any of the brand’s previous models.
An almost fully sealed underbody, active air flap control and Air Curtains including Air Breathers help to reduce the aerodynamic drag of the new
8 Series Coupe’s streamlined body. The roof of the newcomer takes a leaf from the book of traditional sports car design by featuring a central cutout that recalls the “double-bubble” styling of classic racing cars.
The modern and minimalistic exterior design language is continued inside the cabin, creating a relaxingly luxurious ambience. The newly developed sports seats are upholstered as standard in Vernasca leather. Thanks to the low seating position of both rear seats, it has been possible to design the head restraints as an integral part of the backrests. The rear backrest can be split 50:50 as standard and folded down to increase the capacity of the 420-litre luggage compartment.
A new V8 power unit makes its debut in the M850i xDrive Coupe. The 4.4-litre engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology serves up an intoxicating blend of prodigious power delivery and an equally impressive soundtrack, which is further enhanced by the flap-controlled sports exhaust system.
Thanks to a 68hp increase in output with no impact on weight compared to the engine it replaces, the new V8 is now able to generate 530hp, which is on tap between 5500 and 6000rpm. Maximum torque of 750Nm is available over a wide rev range from 1800 to 4600rpm for prolonged forward thrust. The new M850i xDrive Coupe accelerates from 0 to 100km/h in just 3.7 seconds.
The engine transfers power to a new, improved version of the 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, whose increased ratio spread, new transmission management and optimised hydraulic control produce sportier gearshifts while also enhancing its efficiency and smoothness.
The construction principle and tuning of the 8 Series Coupe’s chassis are designed to harness the dynamic potential of its powertrain technology and make best use of the car’s underlying concept to achieve maximum sports performance. The standard specification for the M850i xDrive Coupe includes exceptionally powerful M Sport brakes along with 20-inch M light-alloy wheels with high-performance tyres.