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The 8 also has active steering that can adjust to reduce effort and even change steering wheel movement to allow easier manoeuvring in town but be more direct at speed for increased stabil- ity. The rear wheels steer up to 2.5 degrees to further impact manoeuvrability stability. An active roll stabilisation system uses motors on the front and rear axle to adjust the anti-roll bars and reduce roll in corners. The M850i doesn’t leave luxury at the roadside, though. New multifunction sports seats are fitted, trimmed with Vernasca leather. The dashboard, doors, and steering wheel are leather trimmed as well. BMW says that the seats deliver long-distance comfort as well as excellent lat- eral support. The standard trim is stainless steel mesh, with copper effect and ash wood trims available. The standard audio system is a 16-speaker Harman Kardon unit. Or, step up to the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond system with 16 illuminated speakers and 1,375 watts. The car also allows remote software upgrades and lets you trade a physical key for your smart- phone. The digital key allows the car to be unlocked by holding your phone up to the door han- dle. It can then start once your phone is in the smartphone tray. BMW has given the 8 Microsoft Office integration that lets users access email from their car to manage contacts and appoint- ments, as well as make calls using Skype. The BMW M850i is set to go on sale this fall, with pricing closer to that date. It is expected to be followed by a quicker M8 model, as well as a four-door Grand Coupe. 71