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BMW rules out V12-powered 8 Series

by Ronan Glon

The 8 Series likely won't get a PHEV drivetrain, either.

BMW offered the original 8 Series with a V12 engine. The born-again model scheduled to arrive in showrooms in 2019 won't receive anything bigger than a V8, according to one of the company's top officials.

"The V12 is very heavy and we have a perfect weight distribution with this car. So the package with the V8, with those technologies, with the chassis, and the drivetrain makes the car a proper sports car. In our opinion a V12 will be too heavy in the front," explained Carsten Groeber, BMW's vice president of product management, in an interview with Australian website .

Groeber added the 8 Series is unlikely to receive a plug-in hybrid model for the same reason. However, he conceded BMW could change its mind if it regulations or demand from buyers force the 8 into hybrid territory. "Never say never," he summed up.

At launch, the 8 Series will be available with a turbocharged, 4.4-liter V8 engine rated at 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. Installed in the M850i xDrive (pictured), the eight will channel its output to the four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The line-up will later grow to include a range-topping, M-tuned variant named M8 powered by the same drivetrain as the latest M5. Groeber also confirmed the launch of an entry-level model with rear-wheel drive. Both will arrive in America a little bit later in the production run. We won't get the turbodiesel model sold in Europe, however.


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