BMW revealed its new 2019 8 Series Coupe in M850i xDrive trim with a new iteration of the brand’s twin-turbo V8 powertrain. Based on the flagship 7 Series sedan, the 8 Series will replace the 6 Series but will elevate the coupe to higher levels of luxury and performance over the sedan.
The design holds true to the spirit of the 8 Series Concept first shown last May, and it looks even better due to new signature laser headlight design replacing the Concept’s pinched headlights and subdued crease work along the body. At the heart of the design is BMW’s Carbon Core lightweight construction of carbon-fiber, aluminum magnesium, and steel that also offers improved chassis rigidity on which the standard Adaptive M suspension can work its magic.
There will be no shortage of power to put down to the pavement with an updated TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that now produces 523 hp between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm and 553 lb-ft of torque, routed through an updated eight-speed Steptronic automatic and the brand’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. BMW was vigilant with weight, as the M850i is 145 pounds lighter than the 750i, so it can rocket to 60 mph in 3.6 seconds.