BMW has announced pricing and full specifications for its latest 8 Series.
The new Coupe sits as BMW’s flagship alongside the 7 Series luxury saloon, and revives a nameplate last seen in the 90s.
It goes on sale in the UK this month, with prices starting from £76,270 for an entry-level diesel model. The 840d uses a 3.0-litre straight-six diesel, producing 315bhp and good for a 0-60mph sprint of 4.7 seconds. It returns official fuel economy of 46.3mpg and emits 160g/km of CO2.
Customers wishing to opt for petrol power have only one option – the hot M850i, which uses a 523bhp 4.4-litre V8 engine and is capable of 0-60mph in just 3.5 seconds. Fuel economy sits at a less-impressive 29.1mpg, though, and emissions are 221g/km. It’s priced from £99,525.
Both engines are mated to a rear-biased xDrive four-wheel drive powertrain and eight-speed automatic gearbox which can work with the sat-nav to predict the gear it might need for the upcoming corners and junctions.
All cars come with a pair of large screens inside – a 10.25-inch unit which takes care of instrumentation and driving data, and a 12.3-inch screen which acts as the monitor for BMW’s latest iDrive infotainment system. Adaptive navigation, Bluetooth, Wifi and a 20GB multimedia hard drive all feature as standard. Leather upholstery, LED lights and an optional cut glass gear selector are also available.
Also included as standard equipment is a head-up display, all-round parking sensors with park assist and a raft of safety features. BMW has bundled its driving assist technology into a ‘Personal Co-Pilot’ pack which includes adaptive cruise control, active city braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection and high beam assist.
The new 8 Series goes on sale later this month.