BMW Gives A Closer Look At The M850i Coupe, Promises It Will Be A “Gentleman’s Racer”

BMW will unveil the all-new 8-Series Coupe on June 15th and the company has released a new teaser video which shows the model in action.

While we’ve already seen the car countless times in the past, the latest clip features commentary from a handful of people who worked on the model. The footage kicks off with project leader Markus Flasch who says “The new 8-Series is BMW’s own interpretation of a sports car for the luxury segment.” He goes on to say the model is derived from the M8 GTE and it has been designed to offer maximum driving pleasure while also being comfortable enough to be driven daily.

After a bit of driving footage, the video shows chassis engineer Jos Van As behind the wheel as he highlight’s the 8-Series handing and dynamics. As he explains, the car has been “completely redeveloped” and now comes loaded with technology as well as an available all-wheel drive system.

On the handling front, the 8-Series offers internal active steering, an active rear differential and an active roll stabilization system. The car also has an all-wheel steering system which promises to maximize maneuverability. All in all, As says the car is “very sporty to drive” while still offering “very good long distance comfort.”

BMW then highlights the M850i xDrive Coupe which features an upgraded 4.4-liter V8 engine that develops 530 PS (390 kW / 523 hp) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque. This means the model has 68 PS (50 kW / 67 hp) and 100 Nm (73 lb-ft) more than the old 650i. BMW hasn’t released detailed specifications but the engine could enable the model to accelerate from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in four seconds or less.

In the end, Flasch says the 8-Series is a “gentleman’s racer” with a “very individual character”

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