The new BMW 8 Series Coupé makes its debut
The new BMW 8 Series Coupé makes its debut at “24 Ore di Le Mans”: the new model is positioned halfway between cars such as the Mercedes S-Class Coupé and the Porsche 911, with the intent to collect the same appreciation of the 1989 Series 8. “On the new 8 Series Coupé everything about driving dynamics has been developed ad hoc“, explains Markus Flasch, head of the project. “We do not consider it as a simple replacement for the 6 Series, but as a new car concept, more driven by driving pleasure: it is more compact and light, so the Series 8 is more agile and determined than the old 6 Series”
The model will be on the market in November and will be built in the German Dingolfing plant, where the Series 7 is assembled. Stylistically, the 8 stands out for an extra large double kidney grille, flanked by groups thin, sharp-looking optics: as a standard gift those provided full LED, while on request there are those laser, with high beam able to illuminate up to 600 meters away.
Some technical data
Two variants are scheduled for the launch: at the top of the range there is the M850i xDrive, with the V8 4.4 biturbo with 530 hp and 750 Nm of torque. Equally interesting is the 840d xDrive, with the 6-cylinder turbodiesel of 3 liters, 320 hp and 680 Nm. The eight-cylinder, in particular, is new from the cylinder block, with pistons, twin-scroll turbo inserted between the counters and suction systems and unpublished unloading and direct injection at 350 bar. “Changes needed to achieve the level of power we had set ourselves as well as the availability of instantaneous drive torque, from low revs, while maintaining high reliability,” explains Flasch. The M850i xDrive, with M Sport package and high-performance brakes as standard, starts at zero-cent in 3.7 seconds and touches 250 self-limited hours; the average declared consumption varies between 10 and 10.5 liters / 100 km. The diesel version, instead, covers the 0-100 km / h in 4.9 seconds and reaches 250 km / h: the average consumption ranges from 5.9 to 6.2 liters / 100 km.
The electronic driving aid systems are derived from Series 7 and Series 5: as standard, Cruise control with brake function and automatic emergency braking with recognition of pedestrians and cyclists. On request, the adaptive Cruise control with stop & go and the autonomous maintenance device of its own lane. Also present the Cross traffic warning and the technology that warns the driver in case he travels on the road or should give way. The Reversing assistant, on the other hand, makes it possible to perform automatic reversing maneuvers, managing the steering for distances up to 50