Before BMW drops the top, rendering artists have taken a virtual hacksaw to the new 8
BMW just . But like so many new models, its arrival represents as much a beginning as an end. There'll be more versions to follow the M850i coupe, and not the least of them, we expect, will be the . The question is, what will the drop-top 8 Series look like? Leave it to the rendering artists showcasing their skills to give us a heads up on the drophead. In this case, two of our favorites have done just that, and we're glad to bring you the latest work from and .
Slated to supersede the 6 Series, the new G14-generation 8 Series represents the rebirth of one of BMW's most iconic models – last produced in 1999. From what we've seen so far, the new model looks just as slick, although this time around the design is a little more... shall we say, “involved.” The debut version just unveiled is the M850i xDrive, which packs a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 sending 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The net result is a 0-62 time quoted at 3.7 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph.
There'll be a diesel 840d offered as well, also with xDrive four-wheel traction. Its 3.0-liter turbodiesel straight-six kicks out 315 hp and 502 lb-ft of torque for a 4.9-second 0-62 time and that same restricted top end. You can bet there'll be more powertrains offered as well, extending up to a full-on M8. And in addition to the coupe and body-styles, we're expecting a four-door to factor into the lineup as well – and Aksyonov has worked up a rendering of how that one will look, too. Both will chart new territory for the model, as the previous 8-Series was offered only as a two-door coupe.