BMW has announced UK pricing and full specifications for its latest 8 Series coupé.
The new model sits as BMW’s flagship alongside the 7 Series luxury saloon and revives a nameplate last seen in the 1990s. It will also be joined by a convertible version in time for next summer.
The 8 Series coupé goes on sale in the UK this month, with prices starting from £76,270 on-road for the 840d diesel model. The 840d uses a 3.0-litre straight-six diesel, producing 320hp 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.
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Customers wishing to opt for petrol power have only one option – the hot M850i, which uses a 530hp 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 CO2 emissions are 221g/km. It’s priced from £99,525 on-road.
Both engines are mated to a rear-biased xDrive four-wheel drive powertrain and eight-speed automatic gearbox which can work with the satnav 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-inch unit that takes care of instrumentation and driving data, and a 12-inch screen that 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. Convertible pricing is yet to be announced, but we’ll have all the details for you as soon as BMW provides them.