The 2019 BMW 8-Series Coupe is said to offer supreme agility, precision and poise expected from a sports car
After weeks of speculations and leaks, BMW has finally pulled the covers off 8-Series Coupe at Le Mans in France during the eve of the 24-hour race. The German manufacturer is right on the money as it says the main theme will revolve around enabling ‘thrilling’ driving dynamics to the customers.
The 8-Series Coupe is said to offer supreme agility, precision and poise expected from a sports car. These are bold claims considering that the model is more of a luxury coupe in the first place. The performance intention was clear though right from the day BMW announced that it would be unveiled in Le Mans.
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The flagship coupe has a striking exterior with masculine curves and bold lines complementing an aggressive stance with big kidney grilles. It measures 4,843 mm in length, 1,902 mm in width, 1,341 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 2,822 mm giving it a compelling road presence.
Initially, the BMW 8-Series Coupe will be offered in two powertrain choices as a3.0-litre TwinPower Turbo six-pot diesel and a new 4.4-litre twin turbocharged V8 will be used. The former in the 840d xDrive trim produces a maximum power output of 315 hp and 680 Nm right from 1,750 rpm.
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It will be able to do zero to 100 kmph in just 4.9 seconds. The V8 in the M850i xDrive punches out 523 hp and 750 Nm at 1,800 rpm and is a massive 1.2 seconds quicker than the 3.0-litre diesel version. Transmission duties are performed by an updated eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic unit.
It comes equipped with optimised hydraulic control and new management software. The 2019 BMW 8-Series Coupe gets Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers and BMW Integral Active Steering as standard fitment.
The M850i xDrive allows for active roll stabilization as option, amidst a whole host of active safety systems such as Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Steering and Lane control assistant, Lane Keeping Assistant with side collision protection, Parking Assistant, etc.
On the inside, it features latest Operating System 7.0 display and control concept, meaning that the luxury coupe gains new displays on the dashboard and instrument cluster. The 10.25-inch unit is touch operated or can be controlled using iDrive and the new gear selector option is made of glass. The 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster allows for different settings and graphics.