This issue goes to press on the eve of this year's endurance race at Le Mans, at which BMW will be opening a new chapter in the brand's fascinating sports car history.
On June 15th, 2018, the 24-hour Le Mans race will provide the perfect backdrop for the world premiere of the new BMW 8 Series Coupé. The new luxury sports car was developed in parallel to the BMW M8 GTE, with which BMW Motorsport will compete in the famous race for the first time since 2011.
"There isn't be a better setting for the first appearance of the new BMW 8 Series Coupé 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 new 2018 BMW M850i xDrive Coupé, will offer 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 featuring Active Roll Stabilisation and 20in light alloy wheels shod with high-performance tyres.
But BMW says that as well as excelling as a sports machine, the new BMW 8 Series Coupé will be equally convincing as a GT cruiser that'll pamper its occupants.