As the BMW 8 Series edges its way closer to a global debut, the German automaker has released preliminary information about one of the variants that will be available – the M850i xDrive Coupe.

We start with the most important bit, the engine. BMW says the M850i xDrive will feature a “completely developed” V8 engine but did not disclose its displacement.

However, it did say the mill makes 530 PS and 750 Nm of torque from 1,800 rpm, which is exactly 68 PS and 100 Nm of torque more than what you’ll get from the 4.4 litre TwinPower Turbo V8 engine in the G30 M550i xDrive.

Mated to the V8 is an eight-speed Steptronic sport transmission calibrated for shorter shift times, with drive going to the wheels via the brand’s rear-biased xDrive four-wheel drive system with active rear axle differential lock. There’s also a sports exhaust system so you can better hear the engine when you fully depress the loud pedal.

Matching the grunt is the variant’s adaptive M suspension Professional with active roll stabilisation and Integral Active Steering. These offer different characteristics corresponding to the selected drive mode, which also involves the stability control system DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) and xDrive system.

BMW adds that the car will have higher camber values on all wheels as well as specifically tuned elastokinematics for high cornering speeds. The variant will also be available exclusively with mixed tyres too.

The 8 Series will go on sale later this year, but it is yet unknown if lesser variants than the M850i xDrive will be offered. What is certain is a higher-performance M8 variant will be introduced later on.

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