BMW’s upcoming 8 Series coupe is in the final stages of the production development process.
Images of the M850i xDrive coupe have been released which according to BMW will feature a completely redeveloped V8 engine, an intelligent rear-focused four-wheel drive system, an active rear axle differential lock, the adaptive M suspension Professional with active roll stabilisation and Integral Active Steering.
The new V8 will develop 390kW and 710Nm, peak torque is said to be available from 1800rpm. The new outputs represent a 50kW/100Nm improvement over the eight-cylinder engine currently used in BMW’s 50i models. Power is put down through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
“The new V8 engine offers exactly the right balance between performance and emotion, which is what also sets the new BMW 8 Series Coupe apart,” says Christian Billig, head of Drive System Integration.
“Above all, the eight-cylinder harmonises perfectly with the further developed Steptronic transmission during dynamic acceleration. At the same time, the sound development of the sports exhaust system authentically reflects the car’s power delivery. And thanks to BMW xDrive and active rear axle locking, the engine always transfers power precisely to where it can be best converted into driving dynamics,” he added.
The new 8 Series range is likely to be fully revealed later this year.
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