10 Exceptionally Cool Features Of BMW's All-New 'The 8'
As part of the BMW M850i xDrive Coupe variant, the vehicle does have loads to boast about such as outstanding performance, stunning design and unprecedented luxury, but we take a closer look at what really stands out.
1/10 The 8 comes with the slimmest headlights of any BMW model to date – the BMW Laserlight.
Also, design-wise, The 8 comes with powerful 19” M Sport brakes with blue painted M callipers. It also includes 20” M light-alloy wheels in y-spoke style 728 M with mixed tyres. That aside, it also features multifunction seats, M leather steering wheel and the M Sport package which include an anthracite BMW Individual headliner, M pedals, M driver’s footrest and special floor mats for that sporty flair.
2/10 The newly developed sports seats are in Merino leather, and active seat ventilation is made available.
The 8 features full-leather trim for the door shoulders and instrument panel, and thanks to the low seating position of both rear seats, the head restraints were designed as an integral part of the backrests. The rear backrest can be split 50:50 and folded down to increase the capacity of the 420-litre luggage compartment. And, for the first time ever, active seat ventilation is available, where the cooled air is sucked in from the interior then distributed to the seats’ built-in fans for effective temperature control of the seat cushions and backrests.
3/10 The 8 also marks the premiere of a new V8 engine.
The BMW M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology generates a top speed of 250 km/h, delivers a maximum output of 390kW/530hp with a maximum torque of 750Nm. It can do the century sprint in 3.7 seconds and posts a fuel consumption of 10.4 litres per 100 kilometres. The new engine is also paired with the latest-generation 8-speed Steptronic Sports Transmission to produce sportier gear shifts. Shift paddles on the steering wheel are included as standard for manual gear selection.
4/10 The suspension technology developed for The 8 provides added confidence when cornering.
Along with the Adaptive M Suspension, The 8 also comes standard with Integral Active Steering which reduces the car’s turning circle when manoeuvring, increases agility at moderate speeds and optimises poise and assurance when changing lanes and cornering at high speeds.
5/10 Aside from the Stop & Go Function, it also comes with the Driving Assistant Professional.
The driver assistance includes Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning, Pedestrian Collision Warning, Crossing Traffic Warning (front and rear), Emergency Stop Assistant, steering and lane control assistant, Lane Keeping Assistant with active side collision protection and Evasion Aid.
6/10 The BMW Live Cockpit Professional comes as standard in The 8.
Behind the steering wheel is a screen diagonal of 12.3” as well as a 10.25” Control Display which run on the new BMW Operating System 7.0, an adaptive navigation system, a hard-drive based multimedia system with 20GB of memory, two USB ports, Bluetooth and WiFi interfaces.
7/10 It features glass gear to complement the leather interior.
The details matter to the new The 8 too. The brand fashioned the gear level out of glass with a stylised and illuminated number 8. On other cars this may look out of place, but with the The 8's tasteful, refined and luxurious leather interiors, the glass complements it beautifully and adds to the general ambiance of the car.
8/10 Drivers can benefit from the car’s intelligent connectivity capabilities.
Through the built-in SIM card and unlimited data volume, the Intelligent Emergency Call feature automatically summons assistance in an emergency and receives regular updates for the navigation system’s maps. Other services include Concierge Service and Remote Services.
9/10 The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant makes it debut, provides conversation, assists with controls and can even be named.
The BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant learns routines and habits, and is applies them in appropriate contexts based on the driver's favoured settings. For example, letting it know that you are tired with "Hey BMW, I feel tired" will automatically trigger a change in lighting, music and temperature. Aside from providing assistance and responding to commands, the co-driver also provides casual conversation. Drivers can also name it to add character and personalisation.
10/10 Also for the first time, The 8 features the BMW Digital Key.
Through the Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, drivers can lock and unlock their car from a smartphone, and simply have to hold their phones up to the door handle to open it. To start the engine, the phone is placed on the Wireless Charging or smartphone tray. Drivers can also share the key with up to five people through the BMW Connected App.