BMW 8-Series

The new 8-Series is here... just 19 years af­ter its pre­de­ces­sor left the build­ing

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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 lan­guage that’ll soon fil­ter through BMW’s en­tire line-up.

So it’s a fairly im­por­tant car, and one that couldn’t have come soon enough. In­deed, the first-gen­er­a­tion 8-Series died out just be­fore the turn of the new mil­len­nium, and it was only last sum­mer that BMW rolled out the gor­geous 8-Series Con­cept.

The pro­duc­tion car has added a bit of heft to that con­cept’s de­sign, but the phi­los­o­phy of a lan­guage that fo­cuses on “clar­ity” is still ev­i­dent.

Un­der­neath this M850i sits a “rad­i­cally re­vised” ver­sion of BMW’s award-win­ning 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8. There’s a new crank­case that uses a new al­loy for bet­ter strength, while the cylin­der walls have been spray-coated in iron for re­duced fric­tional losses. The pis­tons have been re­in­forced; the pis­ton rings too. All so it can deal with the ad­di­tional power and torque.

To­tal out­puts mea­sure 523bhp and 750Nm of torque; 67bhp 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 and a four-wheel-drive set-up that favours rear-drive wher­ever pos­si­ble.

As a re­sult, the M850i is ca­pa­ble of 0–100kph 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 249kph. The 840d is packed with a turbo 3.0-litre straight-six diesel, 316bhp, 678Nm of torque and a 0–100kph time of 4.9secs, but it’ll record 14.6L/100km in­stead of the V8’s 10L/100km.

What else? There’s ac­tive steer­ing as stan­dard, roll sta­bil­i­sa­tion via elec­tric mo­tors on the front and rear axles, lots of alu­minium and CFRP in its con­struc­tion (though no weight fig­ure is given), and a plethora of driver as­sis­tance as stan­dard. Things like haz­ard mon­i­tors, ac­tive cruise con­trol, head-up dis­play, park-dis­tance con­trol, and a pair of 12.3in and 10.25in high-res dis­plays.

There are slim LED head­lights – the thinnest lamps ever of­fered by BMW – ad­justable kid­ney-grille slats, a fully sealed un­der­body, mul­ti­func­tion seats, leather, lots of stor­age com­part­ments and a 420-litre boot.

It’ll go on sale in Novem­ber this year: the 840d starts at £76,270, while the M850i is £100,045.

“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,” says BMW.

Like we said ear­lier, wel­come to the

New BMW. VI­JAY PATTNI

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