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BMW 8 to be powered by an eight-cylinder

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The BMW 8 Series (G15) is the second generation of the BMW 8 Series grand tourer.

Broadly, the 8 Series replaces the 6 Series. But it gets a new number because it’s grander than that. Also, the number 6 now resides on the rump of a big practical hatchback, the 6 Series Gran Turismo.

Really though, in the traditional and proper sense of the term, a Gran Turismo isn’t a bulky five-door, it’s a swish-looking coupe. That’s to say the 8 Series.

The BMW 8 Series is a sumptuous grand tourer with a luxurious interior, four seats and a surprising turn of speed. Go for a range-topping M850i model, and this BMW has the pace to take on the likes of the likes of the V8 Aston Martin DB11, the Bentley Continental GT and the Lexus LC.

Turn onto a twisty back road, put it in Sport mode and hit the throttle and this relaxing grand tourer transforms into a surprisingly lithe sports car faster than you can say ‘hold on in the back!’. The 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 produces a whopping 523hp which – combined with a grippy four-wheel-drive system – rockets the 8 Series from 0-62mph at a rate that’d make some supercars blush.

Pricing will start above $100,000. The 2019 M850i xDrive coupe starts at $112,895, and the Gran Coupe body style should sell for more.

Set to be produced at the BMW Dingolfing plant between April and June this year, the new M850i xDrive Coupe First Edition will be limited to only 400 units worldwide.

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