While the new BMW G15 8 Series is currently being tested around the world, new information about the top model M850i has reached us. Although the M Performance version of the 8 Series Coupe and Convertible will be in the shadow of the M8, the top 8er will bring some exciting technology and performance for its customers.
While current M Performance models with the V8 TwinTurbo deliver well under 500 hp, the BMW M850i is going to offer 530 hp at the start, therefore forging ahead in a new performance league for the everyday positioning of M-tuned models.
Like most other M Performance cars, the BMW M850i will also be fitted as standard with all-wheel drive xDrive. Thanks to the powerful increase in performance, the V8 twin-turbo could be strong enough to accelerate the BMW M850i xDrive from 0 to 100 km/h in under four seconds. Many customers will therefore receive an exciting alternative to the M8, which promises even more dynamism, both technically and visually.
The role of the BMW M850i xDrive is clearly defined: Great performance in everyday life, but without the disadvantages of a consistent race track orientation. While the BMW M8 is also supposed to impress with lap times and should at least be on the level of the new M5, lap times do not play any significant role for the M850i target group.
Regardless of the engine, the new BMW 8 Series G15 will become a luxury coupe that leaves virtually nothing to be desired. Onboard, the four occupants will not only enjoy exclusive materials and first-class workmanship, but also the advantages of the new BMW iDrive 7.0 infotainment system. Features such as two large displays with pin-sharp resolution and a full-color head-up display with large display area are self-explanatory, while numerous assistance systems will relive the driver of monotonous long-distance driving.
As BMW boss Harald Krüger has already confirmed several times, the BMW 8 Series will celebrate its market launch this year. The BMW 8 Series Convertible, which will also be available as an M850i xDrive, will join the coupe soon after.