Published on March 12th, 2019 | by Subhash Nair


The New BMW 8-Series Has Been Launched for RM1.1m

The BMW 8-Series is officially in Malaysia in the form of the M850i xDrive Coupe. Just a year ago, the company brought in the 8-Series concept. Maybe that means we’ll see a Malaysian spec BMW X7 launch in July 2019!

Comparison to the original

The first generation 8-Series was a grand tourer powered by either huge, naturally aspirated V8 engines or huger, naturally aspirated V12 engines. BMW’s ambition with the E31 model was to move a product into the market segment above the 6-Series.

What it is now

In contrast, the new 8-Series moves down a notch back conceptually. It moves into the segment previously occupied by the previous 6-Series Coupe and Convertible models. And yes, BMW are even working on an 8-Series Gran Coupe, meaning it’ll soon also sit where the 6-Series Gran Coupe once sat. And yes, the current 6-Series has moved down a notch as well, occupying the space reserved by the previous generation 5-Series GT model. If all these model names are confusing you, we suggest you have a look at our BMW Nomenclature guide.

Having said that, the BMW 8-Series, just like the BMW 6-Series before it is special. It’s still going to be built to a higher standard. It’s the first time BMW are using the 8-Series name in almost 2 decades. And it’s going to be too expensive for most of us to afford.

What Know About the Malaysian Spec

In Malaysia, we’re getting the M850i xDrive Coupe to start with. That means a 530hp/750Nm 4.4-litre V8 petrol, 8-speed Steptronic transmission and all-wheel drive.

Here’s what BMW Malaysia are packaging it with:

  • 19” M Sport brakes along with blue painted M callipers
  • 20” M light-alloy wheels in y-spoke style 728 M
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional (Malaysian debut)
  • BMW Digital Key (Unlock and start your car with your smartphone)

Body colour choices include:

  • Carbon Black metallic
  • Black Sapphire metallic
  • Sonic Speed Blue metallic
  • Barcelona Blue metallic
  • Sunset Orange metallic
  • Mineral White

The upholstery and BMW Individual Merino full leather trim sports seats can be had in:

  • Black
  • Cognac
  • Ivory White

Why you can book one through BMW Malaysia instead of waiting for a grey unit?

  • 5-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty with Free Scheduled Service Program.
  • 2-Year/ 24 Month Tyre Warranty Program for its Run Flat Tyre offering and services.
  • Roadside Assistance and Accident Hotline.
  • The BMW Group Loyalty+ Mobile App – BMW White Card.
  • BMW Service Online
  • Price tag of just RM1,088,800

How you can book one before any of your inferior peers:

In pirate speak, BMW actually be the third brand to offer online booking of cars in Malaysia.

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