We’ve waited with bated breath for a new flagship 8-Series BMW. That time has finally arrived. The contemporization is a confluence of cutting-edge technology with an introduction to BMW technological advancement in the works for future applications. The heart and soul of this masterpiece is a refined 4.4 litre V8 engine yielding performance to rival that of a V12. The M850i xDrive coupé left an indelible impression October 4th thru the 14th at the brand’s exhibit during the Mondial de l’Automobile 2018 show in Paris.
BMW previews new vehicle interface with technology reshaping the future of personal mobility. Since 1929 BMW has built automobiles of innovation and design excellence. Their philosophy is “A better car makes a better driver.” The all-new 8-Series brings car and driver together with new sophistication and elegance personifying the BMW relentless quest for perfection. The motorsport-inspired M850i xDrive coupé is imbued with intelligence and intuition that will intrigue the devout BMW 8-Series enthusiast…what a way to become empowered/M-Powered!
The Mondial de l’Automobile 2018 introduces production models due to launch in the near future. BMW is gridding for a different kind of battle in the luxury car segment as witnessed by the new 8-Series innovative character. Its exclusivity is highlighted by ultra-advanced control and display, driver assistance, and universal connectivity. 8-Series dynamics deliver a high-performance experience with emphasis on luxury placing the driver in complete control. Body structure, powertrain, and chassis technology work together with the driver optimizing the driver/car interface. The new 8-Series is the latest example of corporate’s continuing saga of “NUMBER ONE>NEXT” with copious amounts of cutting-edge technology –
Technological savvy enables the BMW Group Plant Dingolfing to integrate the new 8-Series into the existing production environment. This plant specializes in luxury vehicle production. The 8-Series is built alongside the 5-Series and 7-Series models. Mobile computer technology expedites manufacturing coordination.
Digital innovation is integrated into assembly hall processes from self-driving transport systems to body-worn smart devices. For example, autonomous tugger trains dispatch parts to assembly lines while robotic collaboration measures gaps and misalignment tolerances. A “ProGlove” smart glove scanner and “exotics alarm” alert technicians to special-build requirements while the vehicle is in theatre. Virtual reality glasses are used to train technicians for specific assembly protocol familiarizing them with processes and procedures BEFORE vehicle production begins.
The potent 4.4 litre twin turbocharged V8 engine
The 8-Series is available with two engine configurations. The M850i xDrive uses BMW’s award-winning 4.4 litre V8. It’s radically revised increasing power delivery, efficiency, and lower emissions. The new petrol twin turbocharged V8 cranks 530 hp with 750 Nm of torque available over a wide rev range. Longitudinal acceleration is rated as 0-62 mph in 3.7 seconds with a top speed in the 155-mph range.
The all-new BMW 840d xDrive is an unusual automobile. It’s equipped with a 3.0 litre 6-cylinder inline diesel engine producing 320 hp with 680 Nm of peak torque. It also uses BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The multi-stage turbocharging enables the 840d xDrive to achieve 0-62 mph in 4.9 seconds. Emission controls incorporate BMW “BluePerformance” technology using a particulate filter, an oxidation catalyst, a NOX adsorption catalyst, as well as an SCR catalyst with “AdBlue” injection for further reduction of nitrogen oxide emissions.
The classic “8” heart-throb…
Both engines are mated to the 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission. It is revised with reduced weight, a newly developed controller and a gear ratio spread that has been increased from 7.07 to 8.59. This yields significant efficiency gains with reduced engine speeds, especially when driving in higher gears. Manual gear selection is possible via steering wheel mounted paddle shifting.
The transmission features Launch Control for accelerating from a standing start with maximum power and traction. The transmission controller interfaces with the standard Professional Navigation system. It plans the route ahead preparing the car in advance for approaching situations calibrating it maximizing overall operational efficiency. Internet connectivity provides updates in real-time.
BMW 3.0 CSL Hommage Concept
Engine and transmission are in sync adapting quickly to driver preferences affecting suspension dynamics. The BMW M850i xDrive is built with a stiffer bodyshell and lower center of gravity. Electronically controlled dampers maintain maximum wheel stability for all driving situations. The driver may select a docile, relaxed elegance…or Sport and Sport+ modes for increased dynamism with performance matched to engine sound. The electronically controlled dampers, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), and four-wheeled drive system are coordinated to the driving mode selected either by the touch of a button or use of accelerator pedal.
BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system networks the powertrain and chassis systems more efficiently than ever. All of the torque is directed to the rear wheels for driving situations where four-wheel drive isn’t required. The power split has an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch working in accordance with the driving demand as needed. It rapidly and precisely distributes torque between the front and rear wheels. This rear-biased system augments traction and handling stability in all driving situations.
Integral Active Steering increases agility at moderate speeds reducing the car’s turning circle while driving, basically – it ensures the 8-Series minds its manners changing lanes and cornering at higher speeds. Its control becomes more apparent as speed increases but also assists the driver at lower speeds minimizing steering wheel movement.
Refined M-Powerment injects a substantial boost of adrenalin to the new 8-Series with the M850i xDrive coupé. The M-Performance TwinPower Turbo technology received an extensive overhaul increasing intuition and intelligence. Two twin-scroll turbochargers with charge air cooling, High Pressure Injection, Valvetronic variable valve control, and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing maximize power output, torque, and overall efficiency. This X-tra high-performance model is available at launch.
The new BMW 8-Series coupé is now in theatre at the BMW Dingolfing plant. Skilled craftsmen expert in their field of specialization handcraft each engine at the company’s main factory in Munich. BMW Group’s engine plant employs the latest technology incorporating new manufacturing logistics characterized by the highest degree of quality awareness. BMW Munich builds 6- and 8-cylinder engines for M-Powered models as well as 12-cylinder engines for the BMW 760Li xDrive, and Rolls-Royce models.
BMW Operating System 7.0 is a new industry benchmark…
Sophistication to come includes the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant ramping up to launch March 2019. “Hey BMW” is the intelligent digital character…a preface to an entirely new genre of voice activation replacing manual intervention. Drivers can operate their car’s functions and retrieve information merely by speaking to it.
The owner can name the assistant defining its personality. Additional technological mastery includes BMW Laserlight, Steering/Lane Control Assistant, and the ingenious Reversing Assistant which does all of the parking/reversing maneuvering in tight areas where visibility is limited. This is just a small portion of the autonomy that follows – shortly.
The driver assistance systems process camera images as well as data gathered by ultrasonic and radar sensors to monitor the vehicle’s surroundings, to warn of potential hazards and to minimize the risk of an accident with corrective braking or steering inputs. These integral features of the BMW Personal Co-Pilot represent the latest advances on the road to automated driving.
The M850i xDrive coupé is equipped with Cruise Control with braking function. For safety, Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking, alerts the driver when a cyclist is detected. Depending on the situation, the system can bring the vehicle to a halt to either avoid a collision or minimize its consequences.
The next generation of electronic excellence is creating benchmarks in the industry. BMW Operating System 7.0 has fully digital instrumentation facilitating system operation and control adapting precisely to driver preferences. BMW Live Cockpit Professional is equipped with an adaptive navigation system and 20 GB hard drive-based multimedia system. The latest-generation display and control concept consists of a high-resolution instrument cluster behind the steering wheel with a screen diagonal of 12.3 inches and a 10.25-inch Control Display.
BMW Head-Up Display projects pertinent information onto the windscreen in the form of optimized graphics. BMW is expanding the scope of digital connectivity between people, vehicles, and services. (D-ACES: Design – Autonomous – Connected – Electrified – Services…you’ll be hearing more about this – as NotoriousLuxury delves into the new fully digital Operating System 7.0.)
BMW Connected is the digital and personal mobility assistant for BMW. Intelligent connectivity helps drivers reach their destination easily and with minimal stress, not only when they are in their car. BMW Connected is an all-embracing concept that is designed to seamlessly connect the driver and their smartphone with the vehicle.
The Open Mobility Cloud enables the personal mobility assistant to interface the car with the customer’s digital devices. These include iPhone and Apple Watch, smartphones and smartwatches running the Android operating system, as well as Alexa-compatible smart devices and Google Home.
Incoming phone call…
Inside the stunning architecture is a culmination of ergonomics, sporting elegance, and genuine BMW bravado. BMW active and passive safety is incorporated anonymously throughout the cabin. Extended Merino leather trimmed multi-functional sport seats have headrests integrated into the backrests providing lateral support. The body cradling power assisted front seats has a memory function for added comfort and convenience.
BMW Individual is the ultimate in bespoke personalization
BMW M8 GTE started the dance…
BMW Motorsport influenced “The 8”
The classic signature BMW Hofmeister Kink
BMW EfficientDynamics expands intelligence beyond electronics. To dissect the new 8-Series existence reveals an impressive collage of rigid, lightweight componentry consisting of aluminium, carbon, magnesium alloys, as well as high-strength steel throughout its construction. The 8-Series is built with BMW EfficientLightweight design highly influenced by the M8 GTE.
BMW M850i xDrive is totally unique yet familiar BMW DNA is evident. The silhouette is lower with fluidity associated with an 8-Series. The roofline manages to capture the BMW signature ‘Hofmeister kink’ incorporating it into the architecture discreetly. Attractive frameless side windows are used for the first time in this type of architecture. Roof, doors, bonnet, and firewall are made from aluminium. Carbon Fibre Reinforced Plastic (CFRP) made in-house is available for the roof, this is a first for a production series BMW.
BMW is constantly refining airflow reducing aerodynamic drag. The M850i xDrive is designed with an almost fully sealed underbody. A new grille design incorporates an active air flap control with adjustable kidney grille slats to regulate the flow over the car. BMW M-Sport influences the large air intakes in the front apron, contoured rear apron and special side skirts. Air Curtains including Air breathers, and exterior mirror bases mounted to side weather strips further enhance its aerodynamic efficiency.
It comes as standard with LED headlights – the slimmest lamps of any BMW model to date. Both light tubes are used to generate the daytime driving lights as well as the low and high beam, thereby creating the signature brand look at all times. Rear tail lamps are also LED. Optional BMW Laserlight with variable road illumination and Selective Beam has a high beam range of around 600 metres. Blue accents inside the trademark twin headlights are the hint at its presence.
The latest manifestation of the iconic “8” eminence continues the corporate mission shaping the future of personal mobility. Artificial intelligence digitally interface vehicles with technology through the interconnectivity with other cars via satellite for information in real-time. BMW enters a new arena with the luxury sport 8-Series. The M850i xDrive represents the pinnacle in grand touring with obvious motorsport influence.
The refined 4.4 litre twin turbocharged V8 moves “The 8” with aplomb. Intelligent all-wheel drive networks the powertrain and chassis systems more efficiently than ever. Sophisticated BMW Operating System 7.0 augments the 8-Series electronic intelligence establishing new industry benchmarks. The BMW M850i xDrive coupé offers an incomparable blend of craftsmanship, advanced technology, comfort, and refinement once again defining the BMW philosophy: “A Better car makes a better driver.”
The formidable BMW Dynasty
The vicious M6…
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Classic 850 Ci
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…it began as a dream
…it’s now reality
The BMW M850i xDrive
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