Say the words "BMW 8 Series" to all car enthusiasts, and you will probably get wet shoes as they melt in the pond, waving on V12 engines and pop-up lights.
The contemporary 8 series is not exactly the same icon as the original, but an important step for BMW. It is a car that can cause ultra luxury offers such as the Mercedes S-Class Coupe, but in the true BMW model – driving driving dynamics and passenger pleasure at the top of the list of priorities.
The 8 Series is a brand new car. Although it is shared much with other BMW models, the underneath the skin pack is not like anything else in the range. Initially it is available only as a two-door coupe, but BMW will also introduce versions of the convertible and four-row "Gran Coupe". Everyone will share the same three engine. It also occupies a new market for BMW, seated between sports cars such as the Porsche 911 and luxury models such as the S-Class Coupe. The upcoming four-door models will also compete with Porsche Panamera.
What's under the engine cover?
While the 40D diesel model will be available, we were driving the M850i - a step with a full-fat M vehicle, but still packing a 4.4-liter V8 with 523 bhp. Coupled with an automatic eight-speed torque converter and the combination is great.
Power is enough, and Series 8 always feels as though it has more power. The gearbox is silky smooth when driving at low speeds, but lower the rate and take it into sports mode and the changes are overwhelming. It supports numbers: 0-60mph in 3.5 seconds and maximum speed limited to 155mph.
Despite the fact that the turbocharger is charged, the V8 provides plenty of drill through the revs. In the upper levels of noise like a tiger, but how much is artificially generated we are not sure.
How to drive?
BMW sports heritage is clearly to be noted as soon as you start pushing. The Series 8 is not a darty, fast sports car like the Porsche 911 but the fluid handling means it's incredibly satisfying to drive.
Two aspects help in it – a four wheel drive and a four-wheel drive. The first is the BMW xDrive system, which is in series 8 rear biased, although all power can be pushed to the front wheels.
The latter is by turning the rear wheels in the opposite direction for faster and more rigid rotation at slow speeds or in the same direction for higher motorway stability.
It really does work – it feels like a far smaller car than its 4.85 feet long, although the feeling of the rear shift in itself makes some habit.
Driving comfort is the middle of the S-Class's softness and the sports suspension of the Porsche 911.
How does it look?
The Series 8 has a very elegant proportions, a long engine cover and a back deck, a liquid line, and a compact cabin for passengers. However, some stylistic details do not sit happily in this box. "The kidneys" look a little too stylized and do not play naturally with thin LED front lights, while complex rear panel reproduction of the surface, fixings and aerodynamic controls is a little messy. Still, the whole form and several features, such as the double brick roof, are just wonderful.
It is worth mentioning that the appearance depended on the spec. Our vehicles were covered with black details on the window and front grille, as well as black alloys. Models with chromed details look different – less sporty and less classy.
What's in it?
It's classic BMW, which is a good and bad thing. The driver's cab is easy to use. All controls are well-placed, and the iDrive infotainment system is one of the best in business. There are some tangible touches only for series 8, such as cutting blade button and infotainment selector. The driving position is also perfect and infinitely adjustable.
If we're critical, though, there's a bit 'wow' & # 39; the factor you got with some of your rivals. This cabin would be at home in a series of 5 or even 3 and would like more than just a brilliant speed pickup tool to mark it as a leading brand.
In terms of convenience, the big coupe was never the most widespread, but we would like to have a little more room for the legs in the back. Fortunately, the upcoming Gran Coupe needs to get rid of it and bring an extra door.
What is this specicija?
As expected for a car costing more than 70,000 pounds (almost 100,000 pounds in the form of 850i), there is a good level of speculation. Climate control, cruise control, power seats, adjustable LED lights, a complete set of security aids and a wireless charging pad come standard, but the list of options has several things to offer. We are a great fan of M-belt safety belts, front seat and soft locking.
The 8 Series is an impressive coupe, which shows that BMW's ability to connect luxury with sport is still alive and well. However, they do not feel as special as some opponents. The Porsche 911 is still a better ride, and the Mercedes S-Class Coupe shares it with luxury. The seduction of the Series 8 will depend on whether you have seen it as the best of both worlds or the uncomfortable middle ground. We leaned toward the former.
Facts at first glance
Model tested: BMW 8 Series M850i xDrive Coupe
Price: £ 100,045
Engine: 4.4-liter V8 with two turbo chargers
Maximum speed: 155mph
0-60mph: 3.5 seconds
Fuel Savings: 29mpg
emissions: 224g / km