BMW has done a pretty good job in keeping some of the design elements and oily bits of the new 8-Series family a secret so far.
Nevertheless, a set of images, shared by Wilcoblok on Instagram reveal the interior design of the posh Convertible. And, for the first time, there isn’t any camouflage to keep parts of the dashboard away from our eyes.
As a result, say hello to a new digital instrument cluster, which was already previewed by the automaker a month ago. It brings new graphics, a central area that shows the navigation, and probably other functions, too, tachometer, speedometer, coolant and fuel gauges, all wrapped in a larger display. It will also be adopted by the facelifted 7-Series and upcoming X7, as well.
No physical button revolution here
BMW isn’t quite ready to ditch the physical buttons yet, so the new BMW 8-Series models have plenty of these scattered around the dashboard and central console. Notice the new infotainment system that sits on top of the central air vents, which appears to be a bit larger than the one used inside the 7-Series.
Elsewhere, this car is adorned with lots of red leather and metallic accents. It also has a three-spoke multi-function steering wheel, with paddle shifters fitted behind it, and the ‘M’ badge suggests that this is, perhaps, not the M8, but the M850i, as the social media webpage states.
If this is the case, then expect a new V8 engine with 530PS (523hp / 390kW) and 750Nm (553lb-ft) of torque, channeled to the xDrive all-wheel drive through an improved eight-speed automatic transmission.
These specs have been shared by BMW themselves, and a recent report claims that the Coupe should be able to cover the 0-100km/h (0-62mph) sprint in less than 4 seconds. So, expect about the same from the Convertible.
The new BMW 8-Series family will officially be presented on June 15, and it’s expected to go on sale later this year. It’s unknown at the time whether the range-topping M8 will be unveiled on the same date.
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