Car News 19 Jun 2018

All-new BMW 8 Series Coupe revealed

The long awaited BMW 8 Series Coupe has finally been revealed in its production form. After a slow drip-feed of pre-production concept cars, we now have an indication of how the on-the-road version will look and what engines will be on offer from launch. The new model will start from £76,740 and be launched in an 840d and M850i format, with first deliveries expected on the roads towards the end of 2018.

The diesel offering will use BMW’s 3-litre six-cylinder engine, which will generate 315bhp, 501lb ft of torque and a 0-62mph time of 4.9 seconds. The M850i will receive a revised version of BMW’s 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 that will generate 522bhp. Thanks to the standard fitment of xDrive all-wheel drive and launch control from the upgraded eight-speed auto, the M850i will hit 62mph in just 3.7 seconds. To keep all that power in check, BMW have worked hard on reducing weight and improving the handling. Rear-wheel steering will be fitted as standard, with the possibility of adding active roll stabilisation via the options list to aid with hard cornering.

The 8 Series will feature an all-new interior, which will use a suite of technology from the all-new X5. A standard 12.3-inch driver display screen and a 10.25-inch screen for the top of the dashboard will keep the interior fresh. Rather than providing an additional M Sport model, all derivatives will benefit from an aggressive styling pack and 20-inch wheels.

The new 8 Series is available to order now, with first deliveries expected towards the end of 2018. The 840d starts from £76,740, with the M850i costing £100,025.


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