BMW Group Indonesia just introduced its poshest sports car in Indonesia with the new BMW 8-Series, offered in two trims option of BMW M850i xDrive Coupe and the sportier M Carbon version. Developed from a racing car, the BMW M8 GTE that competed at the 24 Hour of Le Mans, the car aimed to fuse both performance and luxury finesse in one package. Both car variants is equipped with a 4,400-cc turbocharged V8 engine that able to generate 530 horsepower and a torque of 750 Nm that can be attained from 1,800 rpm. Putting all the power down through an 8-speed automatic transmission that distributed to all wheels, the car able to accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds and a top speed of 250 km/h. Priced at Rp 3.47 billion is the BMW M850i xDrive Coupé First Edition that is a limited edition of 400 units worldwide and Rp 3.7 billion for the BMW M850i xDrive Coupé Carbon Package (both prices are off the road).
Its almost three decades since the brand has the first generation 8-Series and after such a long hiatus BMW nailed it on the exterior design, the car has such a great proportion. With a long hood and a cabin for four people, the car looked like a proper grand tourer despite BMW labels it more as a sports car. It does have a very sporty and muscular stance with its wide rear end. The car is, however, a bit too big as a sports car, as it is almost 5 meters long, 2 meters wide and has a wheelbase of almost 3 meters. The measurement does transcend into the weight of the car that reached almost 2 tones; it is, however, a respectable figure for a car that size possibly thanks to its Carbon Core chassis. Like the one in the BMW i8 and 7-Series, the chassis combines carbon fiber and steel to shave weight.
Inside the car uses the latest design cues from the brand, with a more luxurious touch here and there. Such as the chrome crystal cut pattern on some of the knobs and not forgot a big crystal as the shift knob in the center, the latter may be not for everyone taste and it’s a fingerprint magnet but it does look cool when illuminated. The cabin is wrapped with high-quality leather and features a two-tone scheme, while the front seats are electronically adjustable with two memory presets. Like the current generation cars from BMW, it has the iDrive 7.0, 10.25-inch screen for the instrument cluster, and 12.3-inch center display.
While currently, the test unit is not available for the media, the car sounds promising on paper as it has a brand-new engine and transmission. With all-wheel drive and active rear wheel steering the car also should have quite a sharp handling, while the adaptive suspension should able to make it a comfy ride around town and agile as needed. We did, however, get a glimpse of the engine sound; on sport mode, the exhaust was fairly loud with a strong crackle and bang on each throttle stroke. It’s a great looking car and a great way to sample the latest and top of the line V8 engine from BMW.