Or­der book open for BMW se­ries

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Motoring -

BMW Group Aus­tralia has con­firmed pric­ing and spec­i­fi­ca­tion for its new 8 Se­ries coupe and con­vert­ible, kick­ing off at $272,900 be­fore on-road costs for the M850i xdrive two-door and $281,900 for the drop-top.

De­liv­er­ies are ear­marked for March next year.

BMW has also con­firmed rear-wheel sdrive vari­ants in the fu­ture, how­ever ex­act tim­ing and ex­pected lower pric­ing is yet to be re­vealed.

The new 8 Se­ries res­ur­rects the name­plate of BMW’S early ’90s sportscar and, in M850i form, boasts a 4.4-litre twin-tur­bocharged V8 that de­vel­ops 390kw of power and 750Nm of torque.

Al­though the M850i shares sim­i­lar en­gine ba­sics with the M5 com­pe­ti­tion, power falls short of the flag­ship 5 Se­ries’ 460kw, while torque is matched.

How­ever, the M850i coupe will still scorch the zero to 100kmh sprint in just 3.7 sec­onds, with the con­vert­ible clock­ing in at 3.9 sec­onds.

A hot­ter 8 Se­ries coupe, dubbed the M8, is also ex­pected to ar­rive Down Un­der some­time next year, pow­ered by the same 4.4-litre bi-turbo V8 that could be tuned to match, or even ex­ceed, the M5 com­pe­ti­tion.

BMW pre­viewed a four-door ver­sion of the M8 at the Geneva mo­tor show ear­lier this year, dubbed M8 Gran Coupe, which would play as a ri­val for the likes of the Mercedesamg GT 4-door coupe and Porsche Panam­era.

Goauto ex­pects the Gran Coupe sedan will ar­rive in Aus­tralia in some form next year, how­ever, BMW’S of­fi­cial line re­mains ‘we are still weigh­ing up all our op­tions’.

While the 8 Se­ries plays at the top end of the sportscar per­for­mance mar­ket, BMW Group Aus­tralia chief ex­ec­u­tive Vikram Pawah be­lieves it will also at­tract buy­ers look­ing for lux­ury.

“The clas­sic coupe body caters to cus­tomers who are seek­ing that clas­sic sport­ing feel, and the con­vert­ible pro­vides an op­tion for those who en­joy an open-air tour­ing ex­pe­ri­ence” he said.

“With the lat­est tech­nol­ogy, supreme per­for­mance and so­phis­ti­cated in­te­rior de­sign, both vari­ants will set the bench­mark within the lux­ury sports seg­ment and are a clear state­ment of in­tent for BMW.

“These ve­hi­cles are a fan­tas­tic demon­stra­tion of mod­ern-day lux­ury with­out com­pro­mis­ing per­for­mance and han­dling.”

The M850i ben­e­fits from the M Per­for­mance parts cat­a­logue, fea­tur­ing adap­tive sus­pen­sion, a rear lim­it­ed­slip dif­fer­en­tial, ac­tive anti-roll sta­bil­i­sa­tion and in­te­gral ac­tive steer­ing.

20-inch wheels are fit­ted on all four cor­ners, how­ever, the M850i uses mixed-sized tyres that mea­sure 24535-R20 at the front and 275-30-R20 at the rear. A sports ex­haust sys­tem is also fit­ted as stan­dard.

Power is fil­tered through an eight­speed Step­tronic Sport au­to­matic trans­mis­sion that fea­tures BMW’S Con­nect­ed­shift tech­nol­ogy, which uses the nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem to an­tic­i­pate driver re­quire­ments and match gear se­lec­tions with the road en­vi­ron­ment in real time. Clad in Merino pre­mium leather, the in­te­rior also hosts the lat­est ver­sion of BMW’S Live Cock­pit Pro­fes­sional sys­tem dis­played on a 12.3-inch all-dig­i­tal in­stru­ment clus­ter with a head-up dis­play.

In­fo­tain­ment is dis­played 10.25-inch screen.

The Con­vert­ible sports a fab­ric top which can be op­er­ated au­to­mat­i­cally with the touch of a but­ton, and will open and close in 15 sec­onds at speeds up to 50kmh. Cus­tomers can also tick a no-cost op­tion box for an An­thracite Sil­ver roof.

On the coupe, BMW uses a car­bon­fi­bre roof with a dou­ble-bub­ble de­sign, which ex­tends to the rear bootlip spoiler and sits above slim­line L-shaped LED tail-lights and dual trape­zoidal ex­haust tips.

Di­men­sion­ally, both the coupe and con­vert­ible are near iden­ti­cal at 4851mm long, 1902mm wide, and with a wheel­base of 2822mm, how­ever, the drop-top is 1mm shorter in height.

The con­vert­ible also has less lug­gage space due to the re­tractable roof mech­a­nism. Specif­i­cally, the coupe car­ries 420 litres of gear, while the con­vert­ible will cart 350L. on a

READY TO ROLL: BMW Group Aus­tralia has con­firmed pric­ing and spec­i­fi­ca­tion for its new 8 Se­ries coupe and con­vert­ible, ex­pected to ar­rive in March next year.

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