The introduction of the BMW M850i xDrive Coupe also marks the premiere of a new V8 engine. The latest generation of the 4.4-litre eight-cylinder unit has been radically revised and optimised.
Two twin-scroll turbochargers with charge air cooling located within the V-shaped space between the cylinder banks, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve control and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing all form part of the BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology which generates a top speed of 250kph.
The V8 engine is paired with the latest-generation 8-speed Steptronic Sports Transmission with increased ratio spread, new transmission management and optimised hydraulic control produce sportier gear shifts.
The BMW M850i xDrive Coupe delivers a maximum output of 530hp between 5,500rpm – 6,000rpm. The maximum torque of 750Nm is available over a wide rev range from 1,800rpm to 4,600rpm.
It can do the century sprint in 3.7 seconds and posts a fuel consumption of 10.4 litres per 100km.
The exterior design of The 8 demonstrates a modern form of sporting appeal with the car’s low-slung design, an elongated silhouette with a slim window graphic and a roofline flowing elegantly into the rear with distinctive ‘double-bubble’ contouring, a long wheelbase and wide track widths are the defining visual elements of The 8’s proportions.
The trademark hexagonal kidney grille with its elements framed by a single-piece surround. The 8 comes standard with the BMW Laserlight – the slimmest headlights of any BMW model to date.
The BMW M performance model with appointments in Cerium Grey, an M rear spoiler and illuminated door sills bearing the model name. It comes standard with an additional front spoiler to minimise the lift that occurs at the front axle at high speeds.
The standard specification for the BMW M850i xDrive coupe also includes 20” M light-alloy wheels in y-spoke style 728 M with mixed tyres.
The modern and minimalistic exterior design language is continued inside the new BMW 8 Series Coupe, with all control elements are clearly arranged. In addition to multifunction seats and the M leather steering wheel, the M Sport package include an anthracite BMW Individual headliner, M pedals, M driver’s footrest and special floor mats to inject the cabin with distinctly sporty flair.
The newly developed sports seats are upholstered as standard in Merino leather. The fulled leather trim for the door shoulders and instrument panel is also standard. The rear backrest can be split 50:50 as standard and folded down to increase the capacity of the 420-litre luggage compartment.
The BMW Live Cockpit Professional in The 8 offers the latest-generation display and control concept consists of a high-resolution instrument cluster behind the steering wheel with a screen diagonal of 12.3” as well as a 10.25” Control Display which run on the new BMW Operating System 7.0.
Further components of the BMW Live Cockpit Professional include an adaptive navigation system, a hard-drive based multimedia system with 20GB of memory, two USB ports, Bluetooth and WiFi interfaces.
Making its debut in The 8 is the "co-driver" – BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, an intelligent, digital character that responds to the prompt “Hey BMW”.
It also comes with active cruise control with Stop & Go Function and Driving Assistant Professional as a standard. The driver assistance includes Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning, Pedestrian Collision Warning, Crossing Traffic Warning (front and rear), Emergency Stop Assistant, steering and lane control assistant, Lane Keeping Assistant with active side collision protection and Evasion Aid which now reacts to pedestrians.
Also for the first time, The 8 features the BMW Digital Key which employs Near Field Communication (NFC) technology to allow the new luxury sports car to be locked and unlocked from a smartphone.
The 8 offers colour selections of Carbon Black metallic, Black Sapphire metallic, Sonic Speed Blue metallic, Barcelona Blue metallic, Sunset Orange metallic and Mineral White, matched with Black, Cognac or Ivory White BMW Individual Merino full leather trim sports seat.
Owners of The 8 can also experience the complete BMW Group Malaysia Premium Ownership experience which includes BMW 5-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service Program; BMW 2-Year/24 Month Tyre Warranty Program for its Run Flat Tyre offering and services; BMW Roadside Assistance and Accident Hotline; The BMW Group Loyalty+ Mobile App - BMW White Card and BMW Service Online.
“At the BMW Group, we’ve always had our sights on the future, and the First Generation BMW 8 Series is testimony to that. First introduced in 1989, the luxurious sports coupe was bold and ahead of its time in terms of performance, innovation and luxury.
"It was the first BMW vehicle to introduce electronic drive-by-wire throttle, Dynamic Stability Control and Integral Active Steering with the use of multi-link rear axle technology. Three decades on, we have taken the future-looking legacy of the BMW 8 Series and we are bringing this luxurious sports coupe into the modern era to set standards for the future,” said Managing Director of BMW Group Malaysia, Harald Hoelzl.
The 8 will be available at all authorised BMW dealerships nationwide from Friday, Mar 15, 2019. Alternatively, visit www.bmwbethefirst.com.my to pre-book.
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