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The new BMW 8 Series divided opinion among commenters when it launched, but it’s proven a hit with respondents to our latest poll, taking down the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe.
BMW drew out the reveal of the 8 Series, building up to the full launch at Le Mans with concepts, teasers, and camouflaged cars galore. There were a few leaks along the way, too.
When production starts later this year, the car will be offered in petrol M850i guise, and as a diesel 840d. The former is a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine producing 390kW of power and 750Nm of torque, the latter a 3.0-litre inline-six turbo-diesel pumping out 235kW and 680Nm.
Meanwhile, the S-Class Coupe is a two-door take on the flagship Mercedes-Benz. Along with the S450 and S560, powered by a turbocharged 3.0-litre V6 and 4.0-litre bi-turbo V8 respectively, it’s offered in V8 S63 and V12 S65 AMG guises. There’s also a convertible, something we’re yet to see from BMW.
Despite that fact, the 8 Series commanded 67 per cent of the vote. BMW will be hoping the car is that popular in the real world.
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