The forthcoming 8 Series Coupe
is in the final stage of its production development process, BMW has confirmed.
Current test drives in Wales are being performed to calibrate all drive and suspension systems, the key focus being on the BMW M850i xDrive Coupe. The car features a completely redeveloped V8 engine, advanced intelligent four-wheel drive technology, an active rear axle differential lock, adaptive M suspension Professional with active roll stabilization and Integral Active Steering form a perfectly harmonized package for fascinating sportiness and supreme comfort.
The new V8 engine is being used for the first time in the BMW M850i xDrive Coupe, and it is designed to produce torque and sonorous engine sounds ideally suited for relaxed cruising.
On the other hand, in the Sport or Sport+ mode of the driving experience control feature, both power delivery and engine sound are more dynamic. Likewise, the function of the electronically controlled dampers, the stability control system DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) and the four-wheel drive system are precisely oriented to the selected driving mode.
The rear wheel-focused setup of the new BMW xDrive system is perceptible in every driving mode. The system also features an active differential lock in the rear axle transmission for maximum traction when accelerating out of bends.
A low centre of gravity and high stiffness values for body and suspension form the basis for the new BMW 8 Series Coupe’s highly dynamic handling characteristics. In the case of the BMW M850i xDrive Coupe, both agility and direct steering behaviour are additionally assisted by standard Integral Active Steering and active roll stability. Moreover, the electronically controlled dampers provide for maximum wheel stability at any time, so that contact with the road is guaranteed even on short stretches of uneven surface.
The new V8 has the same weight as its predecessor, but its output has been upped to 530 horsepower (an increase of 68), while maximum torque is set at 553 lb-ft. (an increase of 73) and is available at 1,800 rpm. The eight-cylinder engine delivers its power to an overhauled 8-speed Steptronic sport transmission characterized by expanded spread and further shortened shift times.
The 8 Series Coupe will go on sale later this year. Specific information related to its availability in Canada, along with pricing information, will be released in the coming months.