While in Le Mans for its world premiere, the new BMW 8 Series Coupe find somme time for some track laps. The car chosen for the photoshoot was the M850i in the new Barcelona Blue which is quite stunning in person. While there are two models at launch – the 840d being the other one – the BMW M850i is the one you want to hear about with its newly revised 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 engine. That engine makes 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque and is mated to an eight-speed automatic, which sends power to a newly revised xDrive all-wheel drive system and a rear-wheel steer system.

According to BMW, the M850i can nail 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, which is right on par with other cars in its segment. For instance, the Aston Martin DB11 V8 takes 3.7 seconds with a bit less power, the Mercedes-AMG GT S takes 3.5 seconds and the W12-powered Bentley Continental GT taking 3.3 seconds.

So the M850i is right where it needs to be in terms of performance.

One thing that stands out immediately on the track is the car’s low-slung design, elongated silhouette with a slim window pillars, a long wheelbase and wide track. The coupe roofline is cleaner and more dynamic than on the previous 6 Series, enhancing the luxury and sportiness of the new luxury coupe.

The rear end is composed of sculptured, emotive surfaces that emphasize the car’s width and low center of gravity. The slender all-LED rear light clusters extend deep into the flanks and add to the effect. The taillights light up uniformly in a distinctive ‘L’ shape. Twin exhaust tailpipes with a trapezoidal contour are positioned either side of the rear lower section.

The all-new BMW 8 Series Coupe is the first key component of the Munich-based brand’s luxury segment model offensive and will be built at the BMW Dingolfing plant in Germany, home to BMW 7 Series sedan production.

[Source: Uwe Fischer | Instagram: @uwe8320]