The wraps are off for BMW's eagerly anticipated, groundbreaking 8 Series—a sport coupe line that gives a peek at the future of luxury motoring while blending in visual appeal from the past.
As expressed in the details of the top-of-the-line BMW M850i xDrive Coupe, the engineers and designers at BMW have produced a bold, “white sheet” state-of-the-art coupe with enough menacing, almost muscle car design cues to bring to mind the term “instant classic.” At the heart of the 8 Series is a completely redeveloped V-8 engine that, in concert with new four-wheel drive technology, an active rear axle differential lock, adaptive M suspension and integrated active steering systems, creates a luxuriously flexible performance canvas. “The thing that always impresses when test-driving the new BMW 8 Series Coupe is its adaptability,” says Markus Flasch, BMW 8 Series project manager. “Whether a driver expresses his or her wishes with regard to comfort and sportiness using the accelerator pedal or by pressing a button, the vehicle immediately adapts perfectly to each setting.” Relaxed cruising, dynamic road performance... pick your poison. The new power plant, which weighs the same as previous engines, packs increased power and torque. Mated with a new 8-speed Steptronic transmission, it promises that road feel will be as sophisticated as the vehicle’s sexy exterior, regardless of your driving mode. See for yourself when the 8 Series arrives at dealerships this December. From $111,900, bmwusa.com
While sporty, the 8 Series interior belies the true menace of the car and opts for a welcome shot of pure luxury and attention to detail.