Welcome to the New BMW. Not just specifically this all-new 8 Series Coupe, resplendent here in its range-topping, £100k M850i suit, but deeper than that. This new 8 Series ushers in a new design form that’ll soon filter through BMW’s entire line-up.
One of those statements you can’t even see. Underneath this M850i sits a “radically revised” version of BMW’s award-winning 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8. So total outputs measure 523bhp and 553lb ft of torque; a whopping 67 bhp more than the engine it replaces, despite it weighing the same. This V8 is matched up to a new iteration of BMW’s eight-speed auto (itself able to adapt shift strategies according to the driving situation) and a four-wheel-drive setup that favours rear-drive wherever possible.
As a result, the M850i is capable of 0-62mph in just 3.7secs – quicker than both the standard V8 and V12 Aston Martin DB11, a car the 8 Series roughly shares proportions with – and a limited top speed of 155mph.
The 840d is the second model on launch, packed with a turbo 3.0-litre straight-six diesel, 316bhp, 500lb ft of torque and a 0-62mph time of 4.9secs.
Says BMW: “The number 8 in the model name stands for a high-ranking status within BMW’s product range. As in the past with the BMW Z8 and also with the current BMW i8, it is reserved for sporty cars that also fire the emotions.”
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