For 20 years, drivers have been eagerly awaiting the return of the legendary BMW 8 Series. The axiom that good things come to those who wait could not be more appropriate when it comes to the all-new 2019 BMW 8 Series: The M850i xDrive that relaunches the 8 Series an incredibly impressive performer, paving the way for the first-ever BMW 8 Series Convertible.
BMW co-developed the all-new 8 Series alongside the BMW M8 GTE race car, ensuring a symmetry between the two that will not go unappreciated by those who desire the excitement of the racetrack in their everyday commute. The BMW 8 Series’ motorsport influence is evident in its low, long and wide stance and its contoured roofline, as well as in an optional carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic roof that improves aerodynamics as capably as it does the aesthetics.
The new BMW M850i xDrive Coupe more than lives up to its athletic styling in the way it performs. Under the hood, the M850i xDrive boasts a formidable 4.4-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo V8 engine that puts out 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft torque. With xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive standard, the BMW M850i xDrive achieves a top speed of 155 miles per hour1 and a 3.6-second 0-60 mph sprint.2 Every bit at home on the track as it is on the highway, the new BMW M850i xDrive Coupe is a doubly impressive specimen.
If you savor the open connection with the road that you get with a BMW convertible, the returning 8 Series isn’t leaving you out of the equation. Beginning in March 2019, BMW will launch the first-ever BMW 8 Series Convertible, adding another new chapter to its expansive legacy. The 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Convertible will sport the same dynamic, emotional design as the M850i xDrive Coupe, and it will be a no less impressive performer thanks to the 523-horsepower BMW TwinPower Turbo V8. A fully-electric soft-top that can be raised or lowered in just 15 seconds at speeds of up to 30 mph allows for exhilarating top-down driving that will make you the envy of other motorists every spring and summer.
If you are among the masses who have waited 20 years for the 8 Series to return, you don’t have any longer to wait. The BMW 8 Series is back, and it’s not just every bit the icon you remember, but it’s arguably the best that’s ever been built.
1Top speed limited electronically. Figure applies to vehicles with performance tires and increased top-speed limiter.
2BMW AG preliminary test results. Actual acceleration results may vary, depending on specification of vehicle; road and environmental conditions; testing procedures and driving style. These results should be used for comparison only and verification should not be attempted on public roads. BMW urges you to obey all posted speed laws and always wear safety belts.
This article is presented by New Century BMW in Alhambra, California.