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The Stunning 2019 BMW 8 Series Has Officially Started Production






Sales of BMWís new gorgeous grand tourer are slated to kick off in November.


Itís been nearly 20 years since the original BMW 8 Series finished production, but now the gorgeous grand-tourer is making a belated comeback. The second-generation BMW 8 Series was unveiled last month at Le Mans, and now the luxury coupe has officially entered series production at BMWís Dingolfing factory in Germany. Itís a big deal for BMW, as the company has invested an ďamount in the low three-digit-million euro rangeĒ to prepare the site for the new 8 Series.







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BMW says ďa large number of digital innovationsĒ have been integrated into the production process, including self-driving transport systems and smart devices. The 8 Series is being built alongside the 5 Series and 7 Series on the assembly line and represents the first regular production BMW to be offered with a roof made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic. ďAs the plant that builds the BMW 7 Series sedans, BMW Group Plant Dingolfing has outstanding expertise in producing vehicles for the luxury segment, said Dr. Andreas Wendt, head of BMW Group Plant Dingolfing. ďWe are optimally prepared for production of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe."








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"I am sure our customers around the world will love this luxury sports car.Ē Currently, the 8 Series Coupe is the only model being assembled at the plant. Specifically, M850i xDrive shown in photos of the production plant utilizes a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 pumping out 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, and will go on sale this November. It will eventually be joined by an 8 Series Convertible and 8 Series Gran Coupe. All three body styles will also get the full-fat M treatment, as the M8 will debut later this year packing at least 600 hp.







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BMW prices the 2019 8 Series for the U.S. market

There's only one engine choice: the V8




BMW has now announced official prices for the new, 2019 model year BMW 8 Series. The M850i xDrive coupe marks the 8 Series nameplate's return to the North American market after an absence of more than two decades.
The coupe is priced from $112,895 (including $995 in destination fees), and all of the cars come with an automatic transmission, all-wheel drive, four-wheel steering and M Sport brakes. There's no shortage of kit, as "individual" specification Merino leather is standard, as is a 16-speaker Harman-Kardon stereo system, adaptive suspension and full LED headlights with BMW's LaserLight system. But in case the standard setup isn't enough, a 1,400-watt Bowers & Wilkins surround sound system can be specified, along with glass switchgear or a carbon fiber exterior trim package.

The sole engine choice for North American cars is the twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8, which produces 530 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. For the European market, a turbocharged, 320-horsepower straight-six diesel engine is available, but that is not offered elsewhere.

The 8 Series cars' production has already started at BMW's Bavarian manufacturing plant, and U.S. market cars are expected to arrive in the showrooms on December 8th. The last time a new 8 Series was available in America was in 1997; European sales continued until 1999.
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Watch And Listen While The BMW M8 Tackles The Nurburgring

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Launching later this year, the M8 will replace the M6 in BMW's vast lineup.

If youíre feeling the M6 Coupe is getting a bit long in the tooth, youíll be happy to hear it will be replaced by the end of this year with this, the first-ever M8. First a coupe, then a convertible, and eventually a Gran Coupe, the high-end BMW will be getting a fully fledged M version to sit above the existing M850i. Here we can see it in its natural habitat, going fast through the numerous corners of the Nordschleife where itís currently undergoing final testing at full throttle.
Following the launch of the all-wheel-drive X5 M, X6 M, and the more recent M5, the forthcoming M8 is also expected to feature an xDrive layout and will likely borrow the sedanís pure RWD mode available at the push of a button. Like itís the case with the M5, this should please both worlds as purists will still get to enjoy a tail-happy layout while the others will take comfort from knowing the car boasts AWD and the advantages provided by the xDrive.

It is unclear how much power the biturbo 4.4-liter V8 engine will deliver, but it will certainly pack a lot more punch the 523 horsepower (390 kilowatts) and 553 pound-feet (750 Newton-meters) available in the M850i xDrive. The 600-hp mark will probably be hit with ease, but the most optimistic rumors are suggesting as much as 650 hp. Naturally, the M power will be channeled through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

When it comes to styling, take the M850i and make it 20-30 percent more aggressive to get an idea of how the M8 is going to look like. The interior is unlikely to go through any drastic changes, but BMW will make sure to throw in more M trinkets to make the car worth what it will likely be a hefty premium.

The M850i starts off at $111,900 in the United States where the M5 Competition costs just about the same: $110,000. You will have to pay extra for the M8 Coupe, and even more for the M8 Convertible and the more practical M8 Gran Coupe.
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BMWís Panamera Is Here: 8-Series Gran Coupe Makes Its Spy Debut








These are the first spy shots of the upcoming 8-Series Gran Coupe, which is a longer, four-door version of the recently launched Coupe.



The new member of the expanding 8-Series family was previewed by τηε M8 Gran Coupe concept at this yearís Geneva Motor Show. As the test car shows, the four-door 8-Series does a pretty good job at retaining the dynamic lines of the Coupe, only now itís noticeably longer to make room for those extra rear doors.


This will enable BMW to go after other big sporty executive models like the Porsche Panamera and the Mercedes AMG GT4 Coupe, while those looking for al fresco motoring will have to wait for the Convertible.


The 8-Series Gran Coupe will pack BMWís latest tech features, including a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster paired with a 10.25-inch display for the infotainment system, active anti-roll bars and a rather long list of driver assistance systems.


Donít expect any surprises in the engine department; the 8-Series Gran Coupe will share the same powertrains with the Coupe, including the new twin-turbo 523hp 4.4-liter V8 and a 3.0-liter 315hp diesel straight-six, the latter available only to European customers.


As for the range-topping M8 Gran Coupe, we expect BMW to use the same oily bits with the current M5, meaning a twin-turbo 600hp V8 pared to a configurable all-wheel drive system. Some reports suggest that the M Division will increase the horsepower figure for the M8 a little, just to give its flagship M model the edge, but that remains to be seen.


BMW is expected to reveal the production version of the 8-Series Gran Coupe in 2019 as a 2020MY.
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BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe will be roomier, swankier than old 6 GC

Take coupe, add doors, voila!



The new 2019 BMW 8 Series is the replacement for the old 6 Series and is a new range-topping halo vehicle for BMW that allows for higher prices and greater swankiness. Yet, to this point, we have only seen the new 8 Series Coupe, and specifically, the inelegantly named M850i xDrive. To the surprise of precisely no one, BMW won't be stopping with the plain-old, two-door, hardtop coupe.

Nope, as these spy photos confirm, there's a BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe. Per BMW naming tradition, "Gran" indicates four doors and "Coupe" therefore means nothing at all. It would replace the 6 Series Gran Coupe, and also theoretically serve alongside the M760i as a range-topping BMW four-door. (BMW also totally teased its existence months ago.)

Judging by the large air intakes up front and the parallelogram exhaust outlets, we're guessing this particular car is a BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe. What appears to be Estoril Blue paint, or some other vibrant M color, would be circumstantial evidence. One of the only differences we can spot is the Gran Coupe's small rear diffuser. Blowing up one of the profile images reveals a tiny glimpse of the interior, which appears to share the non-gran coupe's design. Note the screen rising from a center stack angled toward the driver. Again, not surprising.

One more important observation is the roofline. Compared to the 6 Series Gran Coupe, the 8's roof extends farther back and therefore remains higher over the rear passenger compartment. The back door window is also clearly bigger. This should mean a welcome increase in back seat headroom, which was always an issue in the four-door 6. In other words, it'll be even more like a sedan than a coupe, which in this particular way, is no bad thing.

Given how close-to-production this test vehicle looks, we're guessing we'll be seeing the camo pealed off for an official review very soon.




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Update
Our spies have spotted another BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe, this time at the Nurburgring during some high-speed testing. Shooting the prototype under AMG GT4ís billboard was simply a bonus.

The test car is the M850i xDrive version, meaning itís fitted with the new twin-turbo 523hp 4.4-liter V8 engine. This version will serve as the range-topper, up until BMW decides to pull the wraps off the much anticipated M8.
BMW is keen on making the range-topping M8 feel noticeably sharper than the rest of the lineup, as it will be not only a halo car for the entire BMW range but also the flagship of the companyís M Division. The German car maker has developed the M8 alongside the regular 8-Series.

The Gran Coupe version is expected to offer both a strict four-seat layout and a more traditional five-seat setup inside its cabin. The extended wheelbase looks long enough to accommodate passengers in comfort at the back but whether the sloping roofline leaves enough room for their heads remains to be seen.
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Leaked Patent Images Reveal BMW 8 Series Convertible And Gran Coupe




BMW has confirmed the 8 Series Convertible and Gran Coupe will go on sale next year.
One of our most eagerly anticipated new models of the year was the reborn BMW 8 Series, and it didnít disappoint. BMWís new grand tourer looks gorgeous from every angle. So far, only the Coupe variant has broken cover, but we know the BMW 8 Series will eventually be sold in several different body styles including a Convertible and Gran Coupe.
BMW hasnít officially revealed them yet but leaked patent images of both body styles have leaked online via Dutch site Auto Visie. A few patent images of both models emerged a few months ago, but these new images are much better quality and show the designs from every angle.





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Unsurprisingly, the 8 Series looks stunning as a convertible, retaining the Coupeís athletic shape. As we saw in recent spy photos, the 8 Series Convertible will have a soft top instead of a folding hard top. Not only does this make the car more luxurious, it also saves weight. Being a convertible, it will still be heavier than its coupe counterpart and is expected to weigh in at least 4,400 lbs.






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As for the four-door Gran Coupe, the patent images give us a clearer look at the design than previous spy shots, as we can now see the carís side air vents and rear ducktail spoiler. The 8 Series Gran Coupe was previewed earlier this year with the M8 Gran Coupe concept and it looks like the production modelís design will be faithful to the concept, though the front and rear bumpers look less aggressive.
With room for four, the luxurious 8 Series Gran Coupe should be a formidable rival to the Porsche Panamera. Under the hood, expect both cars to use the same twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 as the Coupe, which produces 523 hp. BMW has confirmed the 8 Series Convertible and Gran Coupe will go on sale next year. More potent M8 versions are also coming, which could borrow the new M5ís 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 producing over 600 hp.





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Here's the New BMW 8 Series Convertible Feeling the Heat in the Desert



The revival of the BMW 8 Series coupe is a large and stunning creature, slotting in as BMWís top grand tourer when it debuted in June. But even after that debut, hereís a camouflage-wrapped 8 Series rolling around in the Mojave Desertóone with a soft top, which the original 8 Series from the í90s never had.




You might wonder why BMW would run a car around in camo when itís already shown the coupe. Good instinct. Itís probably more of a ďGasp, we canít test a car without camoĒ technicality than anything else. The convertible part canít be deemed complete until it survives all of this testing, so here it is, in hiding. Also, look at that. What else could it be?
For now, imagine this with a retractable top. It shouldnít be much of a strain:


Since we got that little exercise out of the way, this is the first time BMWís made an 8 Series convertible. BMW brought the nameplate back this year after its first and only run, which debuted in 1989 and ran through the Ď90s. That car was the loveliest of failures, with V8 and V12 engine options to power its heavy curb weight. But it was hard to drive, expensive to buy and costly to maintain, and didnít catch on as people started to lean toward SUVs. Sound familiar?

The new 8 Series has a V8, too, despite being more reminiscent of the 6 Series itís replacing than an ode to the original. The V8 option is a 4.4-liter twin-turbo with a factory-rated 530 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. BMW claims it can get to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, and that its speed is electronically capped at 155 mph. The other engine option is a six-cylinder diesel that probably wonít come to America, and both will get eight-speed automatic transmissions.

We knew the 8 Series would get a convertible about a year before the coupeís debut, thanks to video of a heavily camouflaged tester at the NŁrburgring from July of last year. The car is still testing, of course, with BMW saying its runs in the Mojave Desert are in temperatures of more than 122 degrees Fahrenheit.

One of the tests BMW mentioned was an acid test, where engineers checked the electronics, sensors, cameras, displays, seat adjustments, climate control and other things on a car that sat in the sun for hours. BMW also took the car to the Hoover Dam to test electronics, with the ďstrong electromagnetic waves from the hydropower plant turbinesĒ nearby testing the systemsí abilities to keep out external interference. Hereís what else is going on, from BMW:

Temperatures of more than 50 degrees Celsius, extreme dust formation on the edge of the desert, stop-and-go traffic on the Las Vegas Strip, gravel tracks around Mount Whitney and long-distance journeys between the Pacific coast and the Rocky Mountains characterise the challenging test programme for the new BMW 8 Series Convertible on its way to series maturity.

Furthermore, on endless tracks leading across the steppe and through the legendary Death Valley, the dust-proofness of the multi-layer soft-top and the roof mechanism are put to the test.

It probably wonít be too long after the convertible checks off all of BMWís test boxes before we see it without camo, but donít expect anything too different from the coupe weíve already seen.

Until then, hereís the car in ďdisguiseĒ:













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BMW 8 Series Convertible Nearly Naked In New Spy Photos

There's just a little bit of wrap left on the convertible boot and decklid.







BMW already confirmed a drop-top version of its big 8 Series coupe for 2019, and weíve seen canvas-topped prototypes with camo wrap running around for a few months now. Way back in June we caught sight of an 8 Series completely uncovered, though it was also missing several key components like wheels and a rear bumper so it wasn't an ideal look at the new car. This one, however, is fully functional and nearly uncovered. That is, except for the BMW badges front and rear, because nobody would ever suspect this is a Bimmer.

Thereís also still some camo wrap on the rear of the car covering up the hard boot cover and decklid. These components will of course differ from the standard hardtop so BMW still wants to create a bit of mystery on what could be underneath. The 8 Series is an attractive ride with its swept roofline, but the soft top does require some changes at the back which breaks up the elegant lines to a degree. Thatís just all the more reason to keep the roof down as much as possible, because it looks like a natural topless wonder.


From what we can tell, the rest of the car is standard-issue 8 Series. There will almost certainly be some added reinforcement underneath to make up for the structural loss at the top, but we expect performance to be just about the same. Thatís because the existing 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 should hold the line under the hood with 523 horsepower (390 kilowatts) and 553 pound-feet (750 Newton-meters) of twist. Thatís plenty of torque to get the beefy two-door moving, though donít be shocked if acceleration times are a click or two slower.

With such little camouflage wrap remaining, an official reveal for the 8 Series convertible is certainly right around the corner. The next big auto show is Paris in just a few weeks, and we know BMW will be there in a big way. Donít be surprised if the rest of this camo wrap comes off in an official announcement prior to the show.
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A great looking car wouldnt mind taking one for a test drive to see if I want to bring it home.
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Aside from the side indentation/vent, looks exactly like an M6, and considering it wont have a V12, I really dont see a reason for this car.

I like the looks of this better anyway.
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it's replacing the M6 so it makes sense
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The Top Gear car review:BMW 8 Series




If you *really* like BMWs, then the 8 Series is great. But it's less special than its rivals

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Performance, all-weather roadability, refinement, iDrive


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Steering dulls the involvement. At £100k we want something more distinctive
Overview

What is it?

Broadly, the 8 Series replaces the 6 Series. But it gets a new number because itís grander than that. Also, the number 6 now resides on the rump of a big practical hatchback, the 6 Series Gran Turismo.
Really though, in the traditional and proper sense of the term, a Gran Turismo isnít a bulky five-door, itís a swish-looking coupe. Thatís to say the 8 Series.
Repeating the history of the old 6 Series, the 8 launches with petrol and diesel two-door coupes, and then the range gets populated by convertibles, and four-door Gran Coupes.
There will be an M8 version of each of those bodies. Lick your lips.
Outside, the 8 Series coupe wears the stentorian new face of BMW, more angular and big-grilled than ever Ė though the grille has active shutters and is actually blanked off most of the time for drag reasons, opening only when the engine gets sweaty at low speed. The sides are sculpted and chiselled and the rear shoulders broad. The roof can optionally be specced in carbonfibre, and it has a double-bubble section. It tapers downwards almost from the top of the windscreen.
Fine elements in themselves. But to our eyes the bulky nose and tail deny it the grace of some rivals. Still, you canít argue with the drama of those low, wide, broad-shouldered proportions.
Underneath, BMW has thrown its best tech at it. The M8 will get the mighty M V8, but for the moment thereís a Ďordinaryí V8 that makes a slightly extraordinary 530bhp. The other option is the 840d, a 3.0-litre six.
Whatever the engine, all wheels are both driven and steered as standard, and the damping is adaptive. For good measure the test M850i had optional active anti-roll too. All four of those systems alter their thresholds in harmony as you switch to the sport modes.
The body contains carbon fibre as well as aluminium and steel Ė itís related to the multi-material 7 Series. Even so, overall weight hovers around 1,900kg for the V8 version.
BMW says this is a sports car, but to us it looks like a GT. Thereís no shame in that. Pity the new 6 Series has burgled those initials though.
Anyway, in the past the number 8 has meant a big deal for a BMW. The 850CSi and Z8 became cherished. The i8 surely will too. But looking at the new 8 Series, and especially peering into its 3 Series-alike cabin, we wonder if itís distinctive enough from the rest of the BMW range. Letís see if thereís much distinction in how it acts.
Driving

What is it like on the road?

The M850i has a new, cleaner-running and heavily powered-up version of BMWís Ďregularí 4.4-litre V8 - and its 530bhp and epic thrust are absolutely nothing to be sneezed at. The upper half of its rev band is solid nourishment, pulling like Jupiterís gravity to somewhere beyond 6,500rpm. Albeit it operates without the audible spice of the M V8, or AMGís, despite the fact ĎSportí mode both opens the exhaust flaps early, and switches on loudspeaker enhancement of its voice.
Lower down in the revs, its manners are nicely discreet for below-the-radar mooching. Itís laggy below 3,000rpm, but the smooth autobox is responsive enough to paper over the cracks. At those revs a distinct V8 rumble will stimulate your inner petrolhead, but itís not so loud itíll annoy the general population.
In full cry the suspension and steering will chomp their way down a difficult road at a crazed rate without batting an eyelid. Clearly a lot is going on down there to shepherd and marshal the 1.9 tonnes, but from your seat the effort is well disguised. Adaptive damping, four-wheel steering, active-anti-rollÖ yet it doesnít feel like a computer synthesis. Itís just like a well-sorted car a couple of hundred kilos lighter.
The four-wheel-drive system favours rearward distribution in Sport mode, and in the rain the M850i becomes a pretty snaky customer if you loosen (let alone disengage) the traction control. Keep things in the comfort mode and itís protective and super-secure.
Throwing it around like that, youíd feel even more confident if the steering carried a little less squidge and a little more feedback. Thereís nothing wrong with its gearing, but even once youíre on lock it always carries an initial softness.
No doubt next yearís M8 will be sharper, but for now the M850i is a GT in character and maybe this isolation is deliberate. By the same token, tyre noise and sharp bumps are only distantly bothersome.
The brakes are plenty powerful for quick road driving. Like the suspension they feel natural despite a lot of tech behind the scenes Ė theyíre effectively a by-wire system.
The 8 Series can be had with most of BMWís advanced driver aids Ė steering assist on motorways, and very advanced cruise control. But the switchgear and warning lights make the handover from the car to the driver occasionally confusing. Use with vigilance. For long night drives, the optional laser headlights are just the business.
For really long motorway hauls, youíre going to want the diesel. Its 0-62mph time still begins with a four, and driving with sense youíll be taken an easy 500 miles before fuel. Your bladder will give out sooner.
On the inside

Layout, finish and space


Hereís what we mean when we say the 8 Series might not be distinctive enough.
Much of it is just like the rest of the 2018-onwards family of BMWs. Thumb the ignition and the displays that light up Ė HUD, instruments, centre screen Ė are exactly what youíll get on a well-optioned new 3 Series. The switches and software and iDrive too.
Mostly, this stuff of course works vastly better than whatís in the high-zoot independent brands like Aston Martin or McLaren, or the non-independent Lexus for that matter. The iDrive screen is further developed, and has more display resolution, is more connected, and is more responsive than ever.
The head-up display, a standard fit, is awesome. Itís huge, clear and carries loads of usefully context-dependent info.
Just as well actually, as the new TFT-screen instrument cluster is a mess. Thereís a big area in the centre that shows navigation diagrams, which canít be used for anything else if you know where youíre going. Alongside is a near-unreadable rev-counter. In compensation you get a tach in the HUD when in sports mode. The new climate controls are a bit fiddlier than BMWís previous efforts too, and the silver buttons are impossible to read when backlit. And while Apple CarPlay-over-Bluetooth is a convenient idea, it was glitchy in the test cars. Thatís a nitpicking paragraph, but more nits than you expect.
The dash and doors are swathed in beautifully stitched leather. The front seats are a good place to be, poly-adjustable and supportive. The back ones arenít. Theyíre horribly cramped, for knees and heads. At least the boot is biggish, and folding the useless back seats extends it some more. Around the front cockpit youíll find useful storage. Well-judged packaging choices for a long-trip car. A GT.

Owning

Running costs and reliability


The 840d is obviously the one for company car drivers, thanks to the 160g/km CO2. The M850i is 228g/km, still good beside its rivals.
But fuelling the 8 Series isnít too much more costly than far cheaper cars. Whereas the depreciation is in a higher orbit altogether. And while some new cars above £100,000 start out in short supply and donít depreciate at all in their early months, itís unlikely the 8 Series will be so lucky.
Best then to hand the depreciation risk to BMW by going for PCP or lease. The initial quote for an in-house BMW PCP for the 840d xDrive is £25k down and £876 a month over three years at 10k miles a year.
As usual if youíre buying it using your own money, look at BMWís good-value servicing packages. Warranty is three years/unlimited.

Verdict

Final thoughts and pick of the range

It's very competent across the board, but not greatly different from the rest of the BMW range The people who developed the 8 Series did a very good job. Itís across-the-board competent. The problem lies not in its execution but its concept.
Owning a BMW, even a top-dog BMW, doesnít scale social mountains to the same altitude as owning a Bentley. That in essence is the trouble with the M850i, as, with a few options, it costs not a whole lot less than a Continental GT V8.
If you really like BMWs thatís fine. Because itís not greatly different from the rest of the BMWs. Just more and better of the same. BMW does do a forward-looking 8, the i8. The 8 Series is less fun that that, and rather backward-looking despite all the technology.
You could argue the 8 Seriesí rivals from other car makers are similarly traditional in outlook, but theyíre more special because the roads arenít clogged with their cheaper relatives.


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2019 BMW M850i xDrive First Drive Review | Daddy shark

Luxurious performance for a new generation



ESTORIL, Portugal ó It's been nearly two decades since the BMW 8-Series filled driveways with its grandiosity and elegantly oversized persona. The top-dog 850 CSi was a two-ton cruiser motivated by a naturally-aspirated 5.6-liter V12 that churned a then-remarkable 380 horsepower. Wow, how the world of performance cars has evolved.

Flash forward to present day, and the new 2019 BMW M850i xDrive offers a future-forward translation of the shark-nosed 2+2 from yesteryear, but little else carries over. Sure, it's still got a curb weight in excess of two tons (4,478 pounds, to be precise), but it also benefits from a considerably stiffer chassis and the thrust of a twin-turbo 4.4-liter producing 523 horsepower and a wheel-spinning 553 lb-ft of torque. Those 20-inch hoops are less likely to slide due to BMW's standard xDrive all-wheel drive system.

I've traveled to the 2.6-mile Autůdromo do Estoril near the west coast of Portugal to track test the new BMW 8 Series, which initially might seem a mismatch to the circuit's tight esses and bends. Decked out in a generally harmonious blend of graceful lines and aggressive bits (including some disappointingly non-functional vents and ducts), the new 8 Series, at least in non-M form, appears to lean more towards luxe than lightweight. Though the $124,500 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe takes the cake for lavish interiors, the $111,900 BMW counters with a more austere, modern overall treatment that still sports some cushy bits, like the Merino leather seats and generous swaths of cowhide across the dashboard and door panels.



In other words, the Mercedes is more lavish, but this BMW features a more functional aesthetic and a more focused sense of performance. The M850i was developed alongside BMW's M8 GTE race car; though the street car can't compete with its track counterpart's wispy 2,689-pound curb weight, it does manage an eye-opening 0-to-60 mph acceleration time of 3.6 seconds. That sprint bests Benz's S 560 4MATIC's time of 4.5 seconds, and feels rather feisty as it launches onto Estoril's freshly repaved surface.

The 8's rear-steering system is a bit perceptible during sharp turn-ins below 45 mph, when it countersteers to aid maneuverability. But that's not necessarily a bad thing because it manages to change direction better than any two-ton-plus car has any right to. There's lots of grip from the 245 mm front/275 mm rear Bridgestone rubber, and though the 8's weight is perceptible on the track, once you get over the initial shift in mass it manages to find enough sure-footedness to hang on to corners rather tenaciously.

Much of this stability comes from a concert of aids including a rear electronic differential, electronic roll stabilization, and individually applied brake intervention. Aiding corner exit is BMW's all-wheel drive system, which essentially works as a rear-drive configuration that only applies power to the front wheels when necessary. The resulting distribution lends the 8 Series a balanced, hunkered down feeling in corners that avoids understeer-prone tendencies of most all-wheel-drive setups.



Sure, it's ponderousness compared to significantly smaller, lighter cars like the Z4 I drove earlier in the day, but the M850i's chassis solidity and composure encouraged elevated speeds ó which I savored while chasing BMW Works driver Nicky Catsburg, who was piloting an M5 Competition as a pace car. The M Sport package (differentiated by blue calipers) comes equipped with cast aluminum wheels and four-piston front, single-piston rear steel rotors that provide plenty of stopping power. On track, however, brake pedal feel was suboptimal. Expect carbon ceramic brakes when the M8 bows next spring.

Driving on public roads, where the vast majority of 8 Series will undoubtedly spend the entirety of their time, reveals a composed, purposeful ride and a sporting spirit that prevails over the ultra-cushy isolationism of the S-Class Coupe. The 8's center stack is dominated by a 10.25-inch touchscreen that features customizable layouts. The system is managed by an iDrive controller that plays well with its new haptic controls. Though there's a mild learning curve when it comes to finding functions and maneuvering through menus, the system is easy to master after some acclimatization.



Less successful, in my view, is the execution of the 12.3-inch instrument cluster display. Though the layout changes slightly based on driving mode, the general setup isn't as easily readable as it should be, with digitally rendered speedometer and tachometer images pushed to the edge while the center offers navigation or multimedia information. The latest generation of Audi's Virtual Cockpit system is a more efficient and intuitive way to toggle between clear navigation imagery and easy to read speedo/tach renditions.

Though I didn't have the opportunity to test it on the forest-lined roads where I piloted the 8 Series, the optional Driving Assistant Professional package offers a lane-keeping assistance system that works in conjunction with adaptive cruise control, which BMW says can be operated at speeds up to 130 mph, and which will resume operation from a standstill in traffic after being stationary for as long as 30 seconds. As for the rear-seating situation, there's not a lot of space for full-size adults, though kids should be able to manage back there while being shuttled to and from their after-school activities.



While it's tempting to contextualize the new 8 Series against its starkly different predecessors, more interesting is how neatly it finds its niche within this tiny but pricey segment. If you crave ultimate comfort and vault-like isolation, Mercedes-Benz's S 560 is the likelier choice, while the amped-up AMG S 63 ($167,700) or swooshy AMG S 65 ($238,900) add bite while retaining a prevailing sense of luxury over track-ready tossability. While we're escalating the scope of our Łbercoupe comparison, it's safe to say the cost-is-no-object drivers will draw to the Bentley Continental GT($214,600). And the Maserati GranTurismo ($134,300) might attract the less rational, more emotionally motivated crowd.

The BMW 8 Series' win lies in its focus on performance, which will become even more pronounced when the M8 version hits showrooms next year. With the thin competition in this rarified segment rounding out the spectrum of sportiness versus luxury, the M850i finally revives BMW's tradition of adhering to its goals of building so-called ultimate driving machines. It may not be a race car wrapped in road car clothes, but the 8 Series edges a lot closer to satisfying both drivers and boulevard cruisers.




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The 2019 BMW 8 Series Goes From Clark Kent to Superman


Just like how Clark Kent and Superman are never in the same place at the same time, the 2019 BMW M850i xDrive shows up on the scene shortly after the 6 Series departs. Coincidence? Is the 8 Series just a replacement for the venerable 6 or, like Superman, something far more special?

(Full Disclosure: BMW needed me to drive the new 8 Series and Z4 so badly it flew me all the way to Portugal and paid for my food and booze. You can read my hot take on the latter next week too.)
What Is It?


Now, Iím not saying the old 6 Series was mild-mannered, and without the miracle of depreciation it was pretty far outside most reportersí salaries. But the revived 8 Series is bigger, better and bolder in pretty much every way, from its power and opulence down to the price tag.

This is only the second time BMW has used the 8 designation. The last time was the 1990s, when it was a sleek and expensive V12 and V8 coupe with pop-up headlights. Weíve called it one of BMWís best failed experiments for being generally awesome but also super expensive, hard to fix and built just in time for the big luxury coupe market to crash hard.

Now the 8 is back as an all-new car for 2019, and while the V12 isnít happening (but a four-door Gran Coupe is, which is a sedan, but ugh, thatís another battle) it takes its place as BMWís grandest tourer. And itís out right as the market moves toward huge SUVs, like BMWís own X7. Does it have what it takes to be the flagship?
How It Looks

Upon seeing BMWís big 8 Series in the flesh for the first time, its angular, chiseled looks jump out at you. As much as I liked the 6, it always looked a bit too smoothed out to me, as if the aerodynamics won out in a cage fight with the stylists. The 850i, then, is the designersí revenge.

A comparatively oversized grill dominates the front of the car. This seems to be a styling cue for several future BMWs, and while Iím not sold on it on a huge SUV like the X7, on the 8 series it seems to work well. In a peace offering to the aero guys, the kidney grille has adjustable slats that help reduce aerodynamic drag at speed.



Rounding out the look is a pair of very narrow headlightsóin fact the narrowest headlights ever offered on a production BMWóthat feature BMWís LaserLight technology. Thatís right, we finally get frickiní laser beam headlights! Albeit a lower power version then the Euros get, because regulations, but laser headlights nonetheless. (They should light the road better than the bad flashlights on the front of PG and Raphís 2500, at least.)


The back end of the 850i is almost as aggressive looking as the front, with the angular lines and massive rear diffuser fully looking the business. In fact, the only angle that doesnít flatter is the rear three-quarters. The style is the classic BMW Hofmeister kink ďcounter-swing,Ē but with the elongated proportions of the 850i, it ends up having a little bit of an American pony car feel to it (thanks to one Mr. Jonny Lieberman for pointing that out to me and now I canít unsee it. Now you all get to share my burden.)


Topping things off is a double-bubble roof, one of my favorite retro features, that is also available in an optional, weight saving carbon fiber. An optional ďCarbon PackageĒ is also available for the rest of the car, comprising of air intake surrounds, mirror caps, rear spoiler and a rear diffuser insert.

Not That Grand Inside

Moving inside the aggressive looks continue into the driver-centric cockpit. Dominating the interior are two high-resolution digital displays: the 12.3-inch instrument cluster display directly in front of the driver, and a 10.25-inch center display.



The digital instrument cluster features an all new graphic design that looks to become the standard throughout the brand. The old school circular gauges have morphed into semi-hexagonal shapes which have been moved to each side of the display. This new design opens space in the middle for continuous routing and navigation information.

The display will also change style based on your selected driving mode, which is something thatís been around for a bit. Iíll definitely miss the old-school BMW gauges and the new style is definitely an acquired taste, but you canít argue with its efficiency in dispensing information to the driver. Which is kind of the whole point, isnít it?



The second centrally mounted screen is the massive 10.25-inch touch screen. In the 8 Series the size of the dash allows the screen to be well integrated, unlike in some of BMWís smaller cars (as youíll see in my upcoming Z4 review) where it comes across as a massive, tacked in place, add on.

I have to say that BMW really hit it out of the park with this display. The screen is razor sharp to the point where itís almost iPhone Retina sharp. It is by far the clearest, easiest to read screen I have seen in a production automobile to date. To top it off, it also is the most responsive touch screen if have ever used as well. To me there is nothing more frustrating than a laggy touch screen. You try to scroll through a map to see your next waypoint and by the time the screen responds youíve scrolled through to Nova Scotia and have to spend the next 20 minutes sorting out how to get back to your current location, driving past your exit in the process.


Clearly BMWís engineers have had similar experiences as they have created a screen that rivals an iPad (sorry for all the Apple plugs, but thatís what I use, so thatís my point of reference) for speed and responsiveness. It makes using the latest generation of BMWís iDrive a pleasure, which I think is the first time anyone has ever said that.

But beyond the screens, the rest of the 8 Series interior is a bit of a letdown. I mean, thereís nothing really wrong with it. It, well, exists. The rest of the controls are well laid out and easily accessed. The driving position is great, with plenty of adjustability to fit almost any occupant. The seats are a new design and are supportive without being uncomfortable on the longer hauls.
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There is enough room in the rear to stash a couple of full-ish size adults for quick across town runs and the standard Harman Kardon audio system rocks (but tick the box for the optional Bowers & Wilkins system as it is worth it). However, that being said, as good as it is, thereís also nothing really special about it.


The 8 designation should mean the best of the best for BMW, and thus it should have an interior to match. But here, the 850i interior wouldnít be that out of place on a 5 Series, which is a bit of a let down. The materials read top shelf: Merino leather, cut crystal, piano black surrounds, Alcantara headliner. But they donít come together in a way that feels 8 Series special, and other class competitors have done it better.


Itís like Clark Kent became Superman but forgot to take off his off-the rack, Menís Wearhouse three-piece. It still looks good and gets the job done, but doesnít impress as much as the Man of Steelís iconic cape and tights.

But thatís the only real complaint I have on the 850i, because now comes the driving part.
Faster Than A Locomotive

Letís begin with the latest generation of the 4.4-liter turbo charged eight-cylinder engine. The highly revised motor now puts out 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. More impressively all of those torques are available from 1,800 through 4,600 RPM. Zero to 60 mph is said to happen in just 3.6 seconds, amazing for its heft.


The two twin-scroll turbochargers are located within the V-shaped space between the cylinder banks shorting the path for the exhaust gasses. Combined that with high precision direct injection, fully variable valve control, Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing, and an electrically-controlled wastegate to ensure a quick build-up of boost pressure so youíve got one hell of a responsive motor. Also, unlike the last 8, no manual this timeójust the venerable ZF8 eight-speed auto.



But for me, the star of the show is BMWís xDrive all-wheel system. I had my first taste of the system last year when I tested the M5. I loved it back then and that infatuation hasnít faded.
If anything itís only grown stronger.

Iím a big Audi fan, and for years I thought theyíve done AWD better than anyone. But with the rear biased xDrive system BMW has not only taken Audi to school, but graduated Summa Cum Laude, got its PhD and then married rich. Yeah, itís now that good.

The inherent problem with front-biased AWD systems is that, while they offer better traction and stability than either rear-wheel or front-wheel drive systems, once the front wheels start to lose grip through a corner adding power to the rear just exacerbates the understeer.


However, with a rear-biased system, one that sends up to 100 percent of power to the rear first, when the rears start to lose grip in a corner the resulting oversteer is balanced out by adding power to the fronts pulling the car through the corner. In addition, the standard rear-wheel-steering helps get the big 8ís rear going in the right direction to start off with making the whole process of getting through a corner quickly, seamless from start to finish.

Itís a very odd sensation at first. The tail steps out and every fiber of your being says reduce power to stop the inevitable spin. But if you keep your foot planted, the system (in Sport+ Mode) will allow up to 10 degrees of slip angle in the rear before sending power up front. Trust the system and it is simply some of the most fun you can have in any car.
Coincidentally my M5 outing also took place at the same Estroil race circuit last year where we went to test the 850i xDrive. This made comparing the two easy work. My expectations going in were that the 850i would be the boulevard cruiser to the M5ís world-beater sport sedan. But thatís clearly not what BMW had in mind.



Last time out at Estroil I was chasing BMWís DTM champ Bruno Spengler, and this time around it was to be WEC/ WTCC superstar Nicky Catsburg leading me around. I hope to be going wheel-to-wheel with Nicky sometime in the not to distant future so I wasnít looking to make life too easy for him here.

However, Nicky had the advantage as he would be wheeling an M5, meaning Iíd be giving up almost 80 HP and a tick over 200 pounds to him. (Itís 600 HP and 4,268 pounds on the M5 vs 523 HP and 4,478 pounds in the 850i. Both cars have basically the same torque.) And also, heís Nicky Catsburgóworks BMW driveró and Iím not. So the scales were tipped firmly to his side.
But to my surprise the 850i was able to keep Nicky, or at least his M5, somewhat honest.


The Portuguese circuit has been recently repaved (the old surface was starting to come up so much that the loose aggregate was taking out a half dozen windshields every time BMW went out) which conventional wisdom would say would make the circuit quicker. But a lack of rubber down on the new asphalt actually made it substantially less grippy, as evidenced by my videoís accompanying soundtrack by a new band called ďThe Squealers.Ē

While the slippery surface made for slower lap times (or so I thought) it also brought the xDrive system onto its home turf. These were conditions that this system was made for. Trail braking into the corners to get the back end loose and then jumping all over the throttle would normally mean a quick trip into the retaining wall for lesser cars. But this BMW just wagged its ample rear end, sent power to the fronts and then disappeared down the road.



Oh, as for those slower lap times? Yeah, I went back and reviewed my video from last years laps in the M5. The 850i was less than two seconds off the M5ís lap times. And I wouldnít be surprised if more than a second of that was due to Estroilís new surface. Color me impressed.

Now I realize that the dozen or so launch cars that were on hand for the launch are most likely going to be the only 850iís ever to lay rubber to a track but the same sure-footedness that makes the 850i such a track day champ translates directly to the road.



The narrow, bumpy, poor-excuse-for-a-goat-path roads that run through this region of Portugal are the worst case scenario for a car with the size and heft of the 850i. Add in massive tour busses and the largest concentration of cyclists outside the Tour de France and youíve got the makings of a long day behind the wheel. But the 850i is so accurate and precise that it makes the narrow roads seem like Rodeo Drive and the instant torque makes quick work of the road obstacles whenever the infrequent passing zones appeared.

Early Verdict

The 2019 BMW M850i xDrive goes on sale in the U.S. in December. It starts at $111,900, an almost 40 grand bump over the old 6 Series coupe, and pretty squarely into lower-end 911 territory. There arenít a huge amount of options because itís suitably loaded as-is, but it can hit $130,000 or so with them.
Expensive, yes, but suitably grander than the old 6 was. And anything this huge and nice that can be anywhere near M5 territory is hugely impressive.
Any BMW with an 8 in the name has a lot to live up to, and the 850i does. A somewhat ordinary interior does little to dull the appeal of this grand tourer. And like the Man of Steel, itís capable of a lot more than the business-suit demeanor implies.

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Really disappointed overall, especially in the interior as well as tech.
The 8 series is supposed to be the showcase platform for all the newest features and technology BMW has to offer.
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2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible: This Is It


Sure, the new 2019 BMW 8 Series doesnít have a manual anymore, or a V12, or pop-up headlights. But it does do zero to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds, and was a mere two seconds off our man Robb Hollandís Estoril lap time in an M5. This is all to say it seems pretty fast and awesome, and soon youíll be able to experience all that with the wind in your hair.


The folks at Belgian auto site Autotijd got ahold of the first official 8 Series Convertible pics ahead of the carís actual debut, presumably in a few weeks at the LA Auto Show. It looks good, but with few surprises: itís an 8 Series with no roof.
The juice is expected to come from the same 523 horsepower 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 as the coupe model. With the top up, as you can see below, it almost looks Mercedes-Benzish. Will this steal some buyers from the S-Class Cabriolet?
With a four-door Gran Coupe version also in the works, the 8 Series line now fully replaces the old 6 Series, albeit with a hefty price tag increase. That also comes with a solid boost in performance as well.
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2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible debuts: 523-hp M850i xDrive starts at $122,395

That's $9,500 more than the coupe






While the car industry is recovering from the free-for-all automotive costume contest known as SEMA, BMW is here to offer an antidote: the stylish, powerful and premium BMW M850i xDrive Convertible. Whereas SEMA cars have just about every vehicle alteration known to man, this new release only has one major change: a convertible top.

Following the release of the BMW 8-Series Coupe earlier in 2018, the convertible launches with the same powertrain setup. The M850i xDrive 'vert features the new 4.4-liter TwinPower twin-turbocharged V8 that debuted in the coupe. The engine features two twin-scroll turbos, with cooling tucked into the V of the engine block, variable valve control, and variable camshaft timing. BMW also made several small tweaks to maintain reliability and efficiency, including using a stronger type of aluminum alloy for the block, wire-arc-sprayed iron coatings on the cylinder walls, Grafal-coated pistons, high-flow intake ports, and a viscous damper on the crankshaft.

BMW rates the updated V8 at 523 horsepower between 5,500-6,000 rpm, and 553 pound-feet of torque between 1,800-4,600 rpm. It's linked to an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission with shift paddles, automatic stop-start, and launch control. The intelligent transmission also takes input from the navigation system to improve efficiency and driving dynamics based on the route. All that power is put to the ground through BMW's rear-biased xDrive all-wheel-drive system that can funnel up to 100 percent of torque to the rear wheels. According to BMW's estimates, it will do 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds and has a limited top speed of 155 mph.

The M850i xDrive comes standard with a double-wishbone axle up front, a five-link axle in the rear, and BMW's adaptive M suspension. Electronically controlled dampers continuously change compression and rebound based on the driving circumstances to maximize either comfort or sporty driving. Active steering also allows the rear wheels to turn up to 2.5 degrees.




The convertible's styling should come as no surprise. The coupe looks extremely similar to what was shown in concept form, and the convertible looks just like the coupe. Heck, we already saw convertible mules nearly completely uncamo'ed back in September, and the final result is pretty identical to the car in the spy shots.

The M850i convertible, seen in European form here, looks slightly more upright than the coupe due to the soft top, but it retains a related low and wide overall shape. Two oversized connected kidney grilles front a long hood with a short front overhang. Punched-in doors smoothly flare out into a hefty rear, which is characterized by slim horizontal LED taillamps, angular aero, and aggressive dual exhaust outlets. BMW paid special attention to the convertible stow cover, giving it a slight double bubble appearance when the top is down. With the push of a button located in the center console, drivers can put the top down in 15 seconds while driving up to 30 mph.

The convertible has two invisible features not found in the coupe. Concerning safety for open-top cars, BMW developed a rollover protection system. When the car's computer senses the risk of a rollover, it will automatically deploy two aluminum bars behind the rear seat headrests. This, paired with the A-pillar windshield surround that is designed to withstand impacts, keeps occupants protected during accidents.



The second feature is a little less serious. BMW built air vents into the front seat headrests that act as neck warmers. Air can be adjusted to three different settings or to an automatic mode that adjusts flow based on vehicle speed. Real convertible drivers know there are few better feelings than the top down on a crisp fall day with the heat blasting inside.

Regarding the interior, the convertible is almost identical to the coupe. A 10.25-inch center screen features the seventh generation of BMW's iDrive system, while a 12.3-inch display sits behind the wheel, replacing a traditional instrument cluster. The infotainment is controlled by a bezeled turn-dial next to the gear selector.

For those who are willing to forgo the swept-back roofline of the coupe for a drop-top, BMW is charging $9,500 extra. That puts the price at $122,395 compared to the coupe's $112,895 (both include destination charges). As of this writing, BMW plans to launch the M850i Convertible in March 2019.
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Official: BMW M8 Will Have Over 600 HP And All-Wheel Drive




BMW has released some new teaser photos and technical details for the much-anticipated M8.

The 8 Series Convertible only broke cover last week, but BMW is wasting no time teasing another future model in the 8 Series family: the much-anticipated M8. There have been plenty of rumors about BMWís new flagship coupe, but the automaker has confirmed some of the M8's technical details, which is ďen route to series production.Ē







New photos also show a camouflaged M8 prototype being put through its paces at the Estoril grand-prix racing circuit in Portugal allowing BMW to fine-tune the car's dynamics.
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Hop Onboard The BMW M8 and M8 GTE For Hot Laps At Estoril

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The upcoming M8's performance on the track looks (and sounds) phenomenal.

When the prototype M8 and M8 GTE first ride and drive came out last week, we can't help but feel the excitement based on the words that our contributor spat out from his experience. We surely wished there's a video of the whole ordeal, so the words could be represented with visuals from that BMW track experience.
Thankfully, Youtube's Shmee150 was among the guys who were in the media test drive, and here's his video to show us the whole experience.


Of course, the M8 prototype was completely concealed in camouflage, hiding its contours and sharp character lines beneath the black and white livery. But it couldn't hide its fierce lighting configuration that was remnants of the 8 Series Coupe M850i and the quad-exhaust pipes that go well with the small spoiler.
Aside from those, we now know that the M8 and M8 Competition models, with the coupe, convertible, and the solid-looking gran coupe body types, will be powered by a 4.4-liter TwinPower turbo V8. No output figures have been disclosed yet, but it's assumed to go over 600 horsepower since the M8 Competition is rumored to have as much 620 horsepower. It will also have various drive modes to boot: 4WD, 4WD Sport, and 2WD, which were the subject of the shotgun ride inside the M8 prototype.
Intriguingly, this will be the first time that the Bavarian brand has unleashed a race car version into competition before the road-legal model hits the road. I'm talking about the M8 GTE, and I suggest that you watch the second half of the video above so Shmee could show you how a hot lap inside the hardcore race car felt like.
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The 2019 BMW M850i Is An Impressive Beast As Long As You Donít Sit In Back









The 2019 BMW M850i goes on sale in the United States next month and Edmunds has taken a spin in the all-new coupe which revives the celebrated 8-Series moniker.

Set to compete with the Mercedes S-Class Coupe, the M850i starts at $111,900. This means the model costs nearly as much as the 2017 M6 Coupe which carried a base price of $113,700.


While the model is certainly expensive, the car is pretty impressive as features a 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that produces 523 hp (390 kW / 530 PS) and 553 lb-ft (748 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which enables the M850i to accelerate from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in 3.6 seconds before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

So how it is to drive? Reviewer Mark Takahashi says the car feels heavy, but is nicely balanced. The engine also produces plenty of power and itís mated to a good transmission which produces quick shifts. The good news doesnít stop there as the high-performance coupe also comes with excellent brakes and a traction control system that isnít overly aggressive.


The interior is also pretty nice as the reviewer praises the 8-Seriesí material quality and equipment. Speaking of the latter, the car comes standard with a 12.3-inch digital instrument, a 10.25-inch infotainment system and Merino Individual leather. Other niceties include heated seats, an ambient lighting system and a Harman Kardon audio system.


Of course, everything isnít perfect. The 8-Series doesnít have seat belt presenters, so drivers have to awkwardly reach behind them in order to buckle up.


That isnít the only issue as the rear seats are tiny and thereís not even enough headroom for someone who is 5í 10Ē (177.8 cm) tall. Entry and egress is also an issue and Takahashi says he wouldnít want to sit back there even in a pinch.

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