The original E31 BMW 8 Series was one of the most iconic grand tourers to have ever graced the world of automobiles, and its successor is nearing the tail-end of the testing phase. Late last week, the German automaker released preliminary information about one of the variants that will be available – the M850i xDrive Coupe.

We know how the exterior has shaped up, but clearer photos of its cabin have proven to be elusive – until now. Although heavily masked, one can clearly tell that the steering wheel fitted to this cabriolet is of the M variant. More specifically, the steering wheel, which features M1 and M2 presets (in red) and the M badge at the six o’ clock position, looks identical to that on the F90 BMW M5, except it gets more buttons.

The instrument binnacle remains out of view from this angle, but rest assured, it will be entirely new. Over to the middle, the floating infotainment display breaks cover for the first time, and it looks perceptibly smaller than the unit seen in the 7 Series LCI. Below that are the air vents, as well as an entirely new layout of controls that’s different from the current crop of BMW models. The layout is essentially an evolution of that seen on the Concept 8 Series.

The second set of photos was taken at an undisclosed track, featuring a coupé and a convertible that could be the actual M850i variants. For starters, the front bumper is very similar to the M Sport versions seen from before, but the lower valance gains additional trim pieces that’s wrapped in camouflage vinyl. There’s a slim front lip fitted to both coupé and cabriolet as well.

Round the side, both prototype mules sit on huge alloys that look like 20-inch items, and within it are large disc brakes with blue M Performance calipers. There’s additional masking on the haunches of the coupe, but the rear end sees no changes this time around – the M Sport rear bumper features two vertical air outlets and quad exhaust pipes.

Performance-wise, the M850i will feature a “completely developed” V8 engine, but the company hasn’t offically disclosed its displacement, only saying the mill will offer 530 PS and 750 Nm of torque from 1,800 rpm, 68 PS and 100 Nm more than what you’ll get from the 4.4 litre TwinPower Turbo V8 engine in the G30 M550i xDrive.

It’ll be paired with 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 an active rear axle differential lock. There’s also a sports exhaust system in the mix.

Topping off the model range will be none other than the M8, which has already been confirmed for production. Liking what you see so far? Let us know below.

GALLERY: BMW M850i xDrive Coupe

GALLERY: BMW 8 Series Convertible

GALLERY: BMW M850i Coupé and Convertible