BMW made public more details regarding the power output of its upcoming M850i, set to make its debut this summer. Owners of the reborn 8 Series will, it’s clear, will have their hands full. The 4.4L turbo engine, which BMW says has been entirely revised, produces 530 hp and an astronomical 553 lb-ft of torque.
The spectacular new car, which will get its official reveal on Friday, June 15 on the eve of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be the first of the 8 Series models that the company is bringing back after a 20-year absence. This two-door coupe will be followed a convertible and a sedan. There is also talk of a possible 700-hp M8 further down the road.
To start with, though, just the coupe will be available to consumers, as an xDrive. The powertrain will however prioritize the rear wheels. The engine will run in conjunction with an 8-speed automatic transmission, the only gearbox to be offered.
BMW’s promise with the revived 8 Series is of a premium driving experience that weds performance and extreme comfort.
"The thing that always impresses when test driving the new BMW 8 Series Coupe is its adaptability. Whether a driver expresses his or her wishes with regard to comfort and sportiness using the accelerator pedal or by pressing a button, the vehicle immediately adapts perfectly to each setting."
- Markus Flasch, 8 Series' project manager
The 8 Series gets is official launch this summer and will debut at dealerships not long afterwards. Expect a starting prices running in the six figures.