Speak to the car enthusiast with the words & # 39; BMW 8 Series & # 39; so that the wet shoes melt into the puddle and the V12 engine and pop-up headlights can ring.
The modern 8 series is not as flashy as it was originally, but it is an important step in BMW. It can challenge premium luxury products such as the Mercedes S-Class coupe, but in true BMW fashion, it is the car that puts driving power and passenger pleasure at the top of the priority list.
What is new?
The 8 Series are all new cars. While it shares a lot with other BMW models, the package is nothing like the rest of the range. Initially, it is available exclusively as a two-door coupe. But BMW will also introduce a convertible and a four-door "Gran Coupe" change to the line-up. Everyone shares the same trio engine. It also occupies the new market segment of BMW sitting between luxury models such as Porsche 911 sports cars and S-Class coupes. The upcoming four-door model will also match the Porsche Panamera.
What's under the bonnet?
Whilst there would be an available 40d diesel model, we drove the M850i - one step from the full Fat M car. But still packed a 4.4-liter V8 with 523 bhp. It is paired with an 8-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. And the union shines.
Power is enough, the 8 Series always feels more. The gearbox is smooth and smooth when you are hanging around at low speed. But let your feet down and knock it in sport mode. Then the change is wildly fast. It is backed up by numbers: 0-60 mph in 3.5 seconds and top speed limited to 155 mph.
Despite being turbocharged, the V8 gives plenty of punches through the rev range. In the upper classes, it grows like a tiger. However, many of these are artificially created, but they are not certain.
How about driving?
BMW's sporting heritage is obvious as soon as you start the press. The 8 Series is not a fast sports car like the Porsche 911, but it is very handy and very pleased to drive.
Two aspects are helpful in the corner with four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering. The former is BMW's xDrive system, the 8 series is biased rearward, but all power can be pushed to the front wheels.
In the latter case, turning the reverse wheel in the opposite direction allows for faster and more compact cornering at slower speeds and in the same direction to improve stability of the highway.
It also really works really well – it feels like a car much smaller than its 4.85-meter-long feeling that the feeling itself is shifting feeling will be offering even some getting used to.
The ride is a good middle point between the softness of the S-Class and the Porsche 911 sports suspension.
How does it look?
The 8 Series has a seriously elegant proportions, a long bonnet and a rear deck, a flowing line and a small passenger cabin. Some styling information is not sitting happily in this frame. The "elongated" grille looks too stereotyped and does not work naturally with slim LED headlights, but the complex interaction of the rear surface, the shuttle and aerodynamic controls is a bit messy. But the overall look and some features such as a double bubble roof are wonderful.
It is worth mentioning that the shape depends on the spec. Our vehicles not only have black alloys, but are also described in black on window lines and front grills. Models decorated with chrome look different. There are few sports and it is a little luxurious.
What did you hear?
It is a classic BMW. It is good and bad. Operator-friendly cabs are easy to use. All controls are well placed and the iDrive infotainment system is one of the best in the business. There are complex 8-series touches such as cut-glass gear knobs and infotainment selectors. The driving position is also perfect and infinitely adjustable.
If we are critical, there is very little of the & # 39; wow & # 39; factor with our rivals. This cabin will be at home with a 5 or 3 series, and we'll love it a bit more than the sparkling gear selector we can display with the flagship of the brand.
In practical terms, the big coupe was never the widest thing. But we did like a little more foot space in the rear. Thankfully, the upcoming Gran Coupe has to solve it and have an extra door.
How about specifications?
There are good specs as expected for cars costing over £ 70,000 (almost £ 100,000 in 850i form). Climate control, cruise control, electric seats, adaptive LED headlights, full safety aids and wireless charging pads are standard, but there are some options listed. We like M-striped seat belts, front seat ventilation and smooth closing doors.
The 8 Series is an impressive coupe. The ability to match the luxury of BMW with the sport is still alive. But it does not feel as special as some rivals. The Porsche 911 is still much easier to drive, and the Mercedes S-Class coupe is luxurious. The appeal of the 8 series depends on whether it is the best or the worst half-way between the two worlds. We are leaning towards the electrons.
At a glance
Tested model: BMW 8 Series M850i xDrive Coupe
price: £ 100,045
engine: 4.4 liter twin turbo charger V8
talk: 750 Nm
Maximum speed: 155mph
0-60mph: 3.5 seconds
Fuel efficiency : 29mpg
Emissions: 224g / km