BMW 8 Series Coupé: Luxurious Sports Car
With the new 8 Series Coupé BMW doesn`t only want to penetrate deeper into the luxury GT segment. The company also plans to tackle Porsche and Co. in the sports car segment. Among other things, lightweight design should contribute to this.
The market launch is scheduled for November 2018, the first two models is the most powerful petrol engine apart from the already announced M8 — and a diesel. Both variants, the M850i and 840d, have a 4.84 meter long body with a wheelbase of 2.82 meters in common. In comparison: the Bentley Continental GT is one centimeter longer, the Mercedes S-Class Coupé even measures five meters in length. The curb weight of the BMW M850i xDrive Coupé is 1,965 kg and that of the BMW 840d xDrive Coupé is 1,905 kg.
In the BMW 8 Series Coupé, lightweight construction is used, as well as composite steel, aluminum and plastic elements. Some structural parts of the rear end are made of aluminum.
Under the hood of the M850i is a V8 turbo engine with a displacement of 4.4 liters, which generates 390 kW/530 hp in the luxury GT. The torque is 750 Newton meters, thanks to the all-wheel drive all the Coupé cares are equipped with, it can go from a standing start to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds. The 840d is a bit more sophisticated. In this car, a straight six-cylinder turbo diesel engine transfers 235 kW/320 hp to the drive shafts. Both vehicles have an eight-speed automatic transmission with shift paddles on the steering wheel.
The first two derivatives of the 8 series are also very similar in terms of equipment. An adaptive M chassis as well as LED headlights and mixed tires are standard equipment in exterior and technology. Inside, the driver always looks at a fully digital instrument cluster in 10.25 inches, while a head-up display sends the most important information directly into the field of vision. If you want to visually enhance the interior, you can add glass applications to various operating elements such as the gear lever. The 8 series also underlines its role as a luxurious cruiser with a spacious 420-litre luggage compartment.
This article was first published by Automobil Industrie
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