Two decades years have passed and now finally the 8 series of the German automaker BMW is returning to the automobile world. The M850i, the 8 series coupe, also known as the Bahnstormer, has lifted its wrap on the 24 hours of LeMans Friday, on the occasion of FIA World Endurance Championship where the BMW M8 GTE is supposed to participate.
Dingolfing plant in Germany is the mother house of production of the M850i, which will be launched in the fall in one model the M850i xDrive. “Doube-bubble” roof contouring, a hexagonal outline for the twin-kidney grille with shutters, an impossible sleek roofline, covered underbody and active air curtains are some of the exceptional design features which helps the coupe to stand out.
Twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine of BMW will be the power source of the M850i, giving an output of 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet torque. The engine is good enough to pick up 0-60 mph of speed in 3.6 seconds. The top speed of the car is 155 mph which is electrically limited. A sport exhaust system with adjustable flaps will assist to manipulate the tune according to various driving modes. 8-speed steptronic automatic sport transmission with standard steering wheel shift paddles looks after the transmission duties. a launch control system along with rear differential lock are provided as basic features. The car has already earned the name “the ultimate Bavarian Grand Tourer”.
19 inch five spoke alloy wheels are the ones on which the coupe runs on. Digital instrument cluster, heads-up display, haptic feedback buttons, optional 1375W Bowers & Wilkins sound system and NFC (Near Field Communications) do for the interiors of the M850i, although they company provides for a lot of customize-able options. There is also a 360 degree parking camera for the benefit of the users. There is 20 GB memory in the multimedia system. A 12.3 inch screen is also present with a 10.25 inch controller display placed behind the steering wheel.
The coupe is reported to have a kerb weight of 4478 pounds. The weight is relatively lower because of the choice of metal for the roof, doors, hood, front subframe assembly, and firewall, which is aluminium. The bracing for the cabin is magnesium and there is carbon fiber reinforced plastic for the driveshaft tunnel.
“The thing that always impresses when test driving the new BMW 8 Series Coupe is its adaptability. 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,” says Markus Flasch, BMW 8 Series Project Manager. The price of the car has not yet been revealed but it will be quite an asking. More details and other information will be revealed by the company as the days will come closer to its launch.
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