The BMW 8 Series has made its launch debut in Thailand, where it is being offered in a sole M850i xDrive Coupe variant. It won’t come cheap, as the flagship sports coupe retails at 12,999,000 baht over there, which is about RM1,652,108 when directly converted.

For the money, what you’ll be getting is a 4.4 litre twin-turbo petrol V8 with 530 PS and 750 Nm of torque. An eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission is mated to the engine, with BMW’s rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive system and M sport differential also present to get power to all four wheels.

The almost-two-tonne coupe will accelerate from zero to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds, and hit a top speed of 250 km/h. The package also includes M Sport brakes and Adaptive M suspension Professional, which provides active roll stabilisation and Integral Active Steering – the latter being rear-axle steering.

In terms of the equipment, the Thailand-spec M850i comes with 20-inch M light alloy Y-spoke wheels and staggered tyres (245/35 front and 275/30 rear), BMW Laserlight (with High-beam assistant), M Aerodynamics package, BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line, M rear spoiler, Driving Assistant package,

Moving inside, the powered, ventilated and heated seats are trimmed in BMW Individual ‘Merino’ leather that is available in three colour schemes depending on the exterior finish chosen. You’ll also get a BMW Individual headliner in Alcantara anthracite, ‘CraftedClarity’ glass application, M Sport leather steering wheel, Live Cockpit Professional, BMW Connected Drive, a Harmon Kardon sound system and head-head-up display.