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New BMW 8 Series flagship priced from £76,270 (gallery)

BMW has confirmed that its new flagship 8 Series grand tourer coupe will be priced from £76,270 when order books open in UK showrooms this month.

The new luxury model will be offered in 840d and the M850i derivatives and features a lightweight body and technology to improve handling and offer “thrilling driving dynamics”, according to the Germnan premium brand.

Specification levels are high, with all models featuring LED headlights, connected infotainment, head-up display and electrically adjustable leather seats.

The 840d features a three-litre six-cylinder diesel engine that develops 320PS and 680Nm. It can reach 62mph in 4.9 seconds and return a combined 46.3mpg.

In the M850i, a twin-turbocharged petrol V8 is used to provide 530PS and 750Nm. Zero to 62mph takes 3.7 seconds and the car returns 29.1mpg.

xDrive all-wheel-drive is fitted as standard. To improve driveability and efficiency, the system favours the rear-wheels in normal conditions.

Both engines use an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission with a Launch Control function for accelerating from a standing start with maximum power and traction. 

The Steptronic transmission’s controller is able to adapt shift strategy to the current driving situation by means of intelligent networking with the standard Professional Navigation system, enabling it to take the planned route into account. Navigation data is used, for example, to shift down early when approaching a junction in order to use engine braking to slow the car down.

Practicality is also offered-up, thanks to a 420 litre boot and the ability to fold the rear seats.

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