New BMW 8-Series Coupe Wants To Thrill, Not Cosset Its Driver

BMW returned to the big GT class with the new 8-Series, making bold claims about its ability to thrill the driver and keep him comfortable over big distances.

Focusing more on driving thrills than some of its competitors (namely the S-Class Coupe) is the key feature of the new BMW 8-Series but this doesn’t mean that the German carmaker left other important areas go unnoticed. It is after all their latest flagship model.

Customers in Europe are currently offered the choice between the M850i xDrive, which is powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter gasoline V8 with 523hp (530PS) and 553lb-ft (730Nm) of torque, and the cheaper 840d xDrive, which uses a turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six diesel with 315hp (320PS) and 580lb-ft (680Nm) of peak torque.

The V8 gasoline version is the fastest of the two, with 0-100 km/h (62 mph) coming in 3.7 seconds, but the straight-six diesel offers plenty of performance, with the 0-100 km/h (62 mph) coming in 4.9 seconds.

Both models send their power to all four wheels through an updated eight-speed transmission. BMW’s latest version of the xDrive all-wheel drive system is pretty rear-biased, with the company even offering a rear limited-slip differential and rear-wheel steering in order to make the new 8-Series drive more like a sports car and less like a land yacht.

However, and despite the big dimensions, the new BMW 8-Series isn’t the most practical of the big four-seat GTs in the market, offering surprisingly small room for rear passengers but it makes up for it with a rather huge range of tech features.

Carwow’s latest review examines the new big Bimmer in depth, telling us everything we wanted to know about it, including its ability to burn some tires.


  • Salih Ahzem

    Even though pricewise it’s a competitor of the S-Class, one can argue the E-Class Coupe is the actual competition here. BMW slapping a 8 badge instead of the old 6 cannot hide that.

  • Bo Hanan

    Why can’t BMW design a car without it looking like a melted version of what it was supposed to be. The rear end is sloppy and the front end is too chunky.

    • botornot387

      See i have to disagree. This is the best looking BMW to come out in awhile. It looks miles better than the comparable s class coupe. And the interior while on the austere side has the best materials to be in a BMW in some time as well.

      • Jay Allenby

        You must think the Mustang is a beauty too.

        • botornot387

          def not

    • SteersUright

      Couldn’t agree more. Though, I do think the M4 was rather great looking, if way too large and dated already. The new X5 is nice too. There’s a bunch of hit & miss with modern BMW design. Same with MB’s droopy jelly-bean trend though, only Audi killing it these days.

  • Jay Allenby

    That’s a cool looking Mustang.

  • Harry_Wild

    Only Ford could get a luxury interior dash and center console for the Shelby GT 500, it would sell a ton of them. Ford Imheard is rumor to limit production to only 1,500 units. No AWD option either. LOL!

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