We’re just a month away from seeing the new 8 Series in full-production glory

While Bimmer fans have been eating up the new 8 Series in its be-winged and racing livery form with the M8 GTE, the full production model has yet to make its official debut. But that’ll change next month when BMW brings a brand-new M850i xDrive Coupe to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as teased in the above-featured picture.

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Confirmation of the BMW M850i has Come with the Promise of 523 Horsepower Exterior
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The automaker has been working up to tackle the Circuit de la Sarthe with runs at Spa and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is just around the corner, and BMW is preparing to make quite the splash. This year’s race will be BMW’s first time competing at the iconic endurance event since 2011, and as such, it’s bringing the heat. The automaker has been working up to tackle the Circuit de la Sarthe with runs at the season opener at Spa-Francorchamps in Belgium and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in North America.

Taking its position on the grid will be the BMW M8 GTE, which is basically the racing version of the luxury street machine. BMW will enter two cars in the event.

While it’s definitely exciting stuff for racing fans, potential customers will instead be watching for the debut of the new 8 Series Coupe. BMW teased the production model with a single image, obscuring it behind the racing version with a fuzzy focus.

The Bavarians say they’ll bring the 8 Series in its M850i xDrive Coupe iteration, and that it’ll have much of the same speed tech as the GTE version.

That includes a turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine under the hood, which is expected to come to the party making over 520 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque.

Confirmation of the BMW M850i has Come with the Promise of 523 Horsepower Exterior
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Making the production car go will be a turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 engine producing over 520 horsepower and 550 pound-feet of torque.

Putting all that to the ground will be a high-performance AWD system and controlled rear axle differential lock, with an eight-speed automatic transmission making the cog swaps.

Turning the machine will be an Integral Active Steering system, while Adaptive M suspension with Active Roll Stabilization and four-wheel steering will both be included as standard.

Taking up residence under the fenders will be lightweight 20-inch alloy wheels, which will come wrapped in sticky high-performance rubber.

Combining performance with long-distance cruising and luxury, the new 8 Series is an absolutely critical model for BMW, leading the charge as it were by reviving a nameplate that’s been left on the shelf since 1999. As the brand’s large-and-in-charge two-door grand tourer model, BMW is sure to offer a variety of different iterations, including non-M versions and an even-faster M8 model some time in the future.

Look for an official reveal on June 15th, just one day before the 24 Hours of Le Mans kicks off.


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Press release

24 hours and a great moment: On the eve of the legendary long-distance race at Le Mans, France, BMW will open a new chapter in the brand’s fascinating sports car history. On 15 June 2018, the countdown to the 24-hour Le Mans race will provide the perfect framework for the world premiere of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe. The new luxury sports car was developed parallel to the BMW M8 GTE with which BMW Motorsport will again take to the Le Mans starting grid the next day for the first time since 2011.

In the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) 2018, BMW will be fielding two BMW M8 GTEs. These racing cars already demonstrated their potential at the season opener in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, and the US-American IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. This will now be followed by the debut of the production model, the drive and suspension technology of which benefits tremendously from the experience gained from motor racing. Profound motor sport expertise is concentrated in particular in the new BMW M850i xDrive Coupe, which offers outstanding dynamic handling characteristics thanks to a new V8 engine, intelligent four-wheel drive, controlled rear axle differential lock, Integral Active Steering, adaptive M suspension technology Professional featuring Active Roll Stabilization and 20-inch light alloy wheels boasting high-performance tyres.

“There isn’t be a better setting for the world premiere of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe than the 24-hour race at Le Mans,” says Klaus Fröhlich, board member of the BMW AG, Development. “The race is a pure demonstration of passion, dynamics and long-distance capability. These characteristics define our new sports car in a special way.”

The broad spectrum of the driving experience reflects the unique character of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe within its competitive environment. Spontaneous power delivery, captivating agility and the highest degree of precision in extremely dynamic driving situations underscore the sports car’s race-proven personality. The new BMW 8 Series Coupe is equally as convincing in the role of the sovereign cruiser that pampers its passengers not only with ride comfort on long stretches of motorway or on country roads, but also with its modern luxury ambience and high-class equipment features.

Therefore, the world premiere of the BMW 8 Series Coupe in Le Mans is also giving an especially emotional go-ahead for the brand’s current model initiative in the luxury class. The increased presence in this segment is one of the fields of action defined by the BMW Group in its NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy. With the market launch of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe, which will begin during the course of 2018, the highest standards at the top of the model range in terms of dynamics and driving culture will be fulfilled.

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