The new BMW 8 Series is expected to arrive in South Africa in the first quarter of 2019. But the local arm of the Munich-based brand has already published pricing on its website.
The news comes soon after pricing for the new BMW X7 was also made public.
So, how much will the new flagship coupé set you back? Well, according to the brand’s local configurator, the M850i xDrive (the only derivative destined for SA at launch) will be priced from R1 887 827.
This variant employs the automaker’s twin-turbo 4,4-litre V8 petrol engine, linked to an eight-speed automatic transmission and sending 390 kW and 750 N.m (the latter between 1 800 and 4 600 r/min) to all four corners. The obligatory zero to 100 km/h dash is completed in a claimed 3,7 seconds, while top speed comes in at 250 km/h.
BMW says the latest version of its xDrive system in the M850i features a rear-wheel bias and a rear differential lock to ensure “maximum agility and precision”. Adaptive M suspension and integral active steering will ship standard.
Built at BMW’s Dingolfing plant alongside the 7 Series sedan, the two-door 8 Series measures 4 843 mm long, 1 902 mm wide and 1 341 mm high, with a wheelbase of 2 822 mm. The M850i model will run on 20-inch M light-alloy wheels finished in Frozen Cerium Grey metallic with a high-gloss polished finish and wrapped in 245/35 R20 front tyres and 275/30 R20 rear rubber.
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