Before presenting it to the world on June 15, BMW has to make sure that everything works as it’s supposed to on the new 8-Series.
Thus, they took it to the Nurburgring once more, earlier this week, for yet another round of testing. The scooped prototype appears to be in the M850i xDrive flavor, and in between screaming its lungs out while being pushed hard it performed a wonderful powerslide, showing that it’ll be able to entertain its drivers if they so wish.
BMW’s challenger to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, which replaces the old 6-Series as well, is an all-new design. The numerous spy shots have allowed us to make a pretty clear picture of what it will look like, whereas a set of leaked images provided a first glimpse into the cockpit.
We also know that the M850i xDrive is powered by a new V8 that delivers 530 PS (523 HP / 390 kW) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque to all four wheels via an improved eight-speed automatic transmission.
The official data released by BMW last month do not include a 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) sprint time, but it’s been said that it could take less than 4 seconds. That’s actually faster than the current M6 Coupe, which needs 4.2 seconds.
Joining the new 8-Series Coupe will be the Convertible model, and further down the road, a Gran Coupe will join them. The latter was already previewed by the M8 Gran Coupe Concept in Geneva, and will have to take on the new Mercedes-AMG GT 4.