All this power is funneled through an 8-speed automatic transmission on its way to all four wheels. BMW says the all-wheel-drive system will be biased toward the rear where there is an electronically controlled limited-slip differential. It also sounds as though it will have a staggered wheel-and-tire setup, naturally with the wider tires at the back.
The new M850i will have some other electronic gizmos for the chassis. The suspension is electronically adjustable with active roll stabilization. The driving experience can naturally be tweaked with buttons from in the interior including normal, Sport and Sport+, and they all also affect the engine noise. BMW says normal is calibrated for comfortable cruising and the others make everything more aggressive.
BMW also announced that the new 8 Series will go on sale this year, but didn’t get any more specific. Pricing wasn’t announced, either. And although we have details on the M850i, we’re still waiting on details for the expected M8 and, based on BMW’s typical model lineups, probably a plain, non-M 8 Series below the M850i. We likely won’t have to wait long since there are only months left before a full reveal.