BMW 8 series returns with all-wheel drive

The 2019 8 series is powered by a new version of BMW’s TwinPower Turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 engine that generates 523 hp.

BMW will reintroduce the 8 series coupe, the first new 8 series in 20 years, late this year with the 2019 M850i xDrive all-wheel-drive variant.

The all-new 8 series was shown as a thinly veiled concept car — the BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe — at the Geneva auto show in March. BMW showed the first BMW Concept 8 series at Italy’s Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in 2017.

The latest 8 series features an oversized version of BMW’s dual kidney grille with adjustable slats and large air intakes at the corners. The LED headlights are the slimmest in BMW’s lineup. There’s also an optional carbon fiber reinforced plastic roof, and an optional carbon package that includes air intake bars, exterior mirror caps, a rear spoiler and a rear diffuser insert.

It is powered by a new version of BMW’s TwinPower Turbo, 4.4-liter V-8 engine that generates 523 hp and 553 pound-feet of torque. BMW says 0-to-60 mph time is 3.6 seconds, with a top speed limited to 155 mph. A new aluminum alloy provides a stronger engine block, BMW said.

The standard transmission is an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic, with shift paddles on the steering wheel that allow manual gear selection.

Integral Active Steering employs rear-wheel steering in the opposite direction from the front wheels, up to 2.5 degrees at low speeds, up to 45 mph, or up to 55 mph when “Sport” or “Sport Plus” driving modes are selected. At higher speeds, the rear wheels steer in the same direction as the front wheels.

Head-up display is standard, which displays speed, plus speed limits, route guidance and turn instructions, as well as status indicators and any warnings from driver-assistance systems. The display also shows telephone and entertainment information.

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