The new BMW 8 Series debuts June 15, and now a new teaser video provides the first tantalizing details about the upcoming grand tourer. Even this little bit of info confirms prior suspicions of the coupe being a technological tour-de-force.
The biggest revelation is that the 8 Series uses a V8 that produces 523 horsepower (390 kilowatts) and 553 pound-feet (750 Newton-meters) of torque. The video doesn't specify whether this is the company's biturbo 4.4-liter powerplant, but it seems like the most likely choice. A brief view of the instrument panel confirms at least seven gears to swap through, and the eight-speed gearbox from vehicles like the M5 could be the transmission doing the job.
Power gets to the road through an all-wheel-drive system with an active rear differential. A combination of four-wheel steering and an adaptive suspension should give the coupe sharp handling. There's also optional active roll stabilization for an even smoother ride.
BMW says that the 8 Series is for the "gentleman racer," which means that the coupe has high performance but with systems on board to make it easy to drive regularly. Or tapping a few buttons creates a more engaging experience behind the wheel.
While this video provides a brief glimpse inside the 8 Series, an earlier leak gives a more complete look at the cabin (above). In addition to the digital instrument cluster, there's a wide infotainment screen at the top of the center stack. A wide array of buttons sits below the display, and there are even more switches on the center console. The Two-tone upholstery on this one includes red leather and a black dashboard.
Source: BMW Group via YouTube