BMW

BMW 8 SERIES CONVERTIBLE 840i M Sport 2dr Auto [Ultimate Pack]

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph5.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2195 g/km

What should a top luxury sports coupe be? Sharp and driver-orientated like a Porsche 911? Or a luxurious Grand Tourer like the Bentley Continental GT? If you can't decide, this BMW 8 Series Coupe might offer the perfect solution. Especially in this meaner-looking, usefully updated guise

8 WORTH THE WAIT

BMW looks strong in the large luxury coupe market with this sleekly-styled 8 Series model. Jonathan Crouch takes a look at the revised version.

Ten Second Review

What should a top luxury sports coupe be? Sharp and driver-orientated like a Porsche 911? Or a luxurious Grand Tourer like the Bentley Continental GT? If you can't decide, this BMW 8 Series Coupe might offer the perfect solution. Especially in this meaner-looking, usefully updated guise

Background

Back in 2018, this 'G15'-series model revived an 8 Series nameplate previously seen between 1989 and 1999, but sidelined in the early years of this century as BMW experimented with other approaches into the luxury coupe market. One was the electrified i8, the other the four-door 6 Series Gran Coupe. The Munich maker always insisted that this 8 Series wasn't merely a stylised two-door version of the 7 Series saloon, even though it's built alongside that car at the company's Dingolfing German plant. The manufacturer points out that '8' has always been a model badge given to its special projects. The i8 was one; the Z8 sports roadster of 2000 was another. With this 8 Series Coupe, development was conducted in parallel with the M8 GTE endurance racing car, which suggested a dynamic focus never previously seen in a top BMW coupe model. And sure enough, that was what we got when this 'G15' 8 Series Coupe was launched in 2018. Four years on, the range received the useful package of updates we're going to look at here.

Driving Experience

The range kicks off with the 340hp rear-driven 840i version but most 8 Series Coupe buyers choose between the two mainstream xDrive variants, both of which feature xDrive 4WD as standard. The enthusiasts' choice will be the M850i variant, which uses much the same 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V8 you'll find in the brand's M5 super saloon but here tuned to 530hp. An M Sport exhaust delivers a snarly soundtrack and there are the usual 'Driving Experience Control' modes - 'Eco', 'Comfort', 'Sport' and 'Sport+'. There's 750Nm of torque and 62mph from rest takes just 3.7s. If that's not fast enough, you'll want to talk to your dealer about the even quicker M8 Competition model which puts out 625hp. The old 840d xDrive diesel variant is no longer offered. For a more focussed and sporty handling, Integral Active Steering is fitted as standard to reduce the turning circle when manoeuvring. This also increases agility at moderate speeds and optimises poise and assurance when changing lanes and cornering at high speeds. It becomes more direct as the speed builds but allows the driver to manoeuvre at low speeds with minimal steering wheel movement. Optional active roll stabilisation further enhances the handling characteristics. Electric swivel motors on the front and rear axles ensure particularly fast and precise compensation of lateral forces.

Design and Build

This updated 8 Series Coupe now gets BMW's M Sport styling pack as standard, which gives the car a meaner look, with a more heavily structured front bumper and rear diffuser, as well as revised 19-inch wheels and upgraded brakes with blue calipers. Across the range, it's also now possible to order an illuminated front grille. The M850i model gets a unique front splitter and M8-style for the exterior mirrors, the rear spoiler and the diffuser. The M8 itself has redesigned 20-inch wheels. Otherwise, things are much as before. The low-slung 8 Series Coupe design has an elongated silhouette with a slim window graphic and a roofline flowing elegantly into the powerfully shaped rear with distinctive 'double-bubble' contours. LED headlights are standard - the slimmest lamps of any BMW model to date. Both light tubes are used to generate the daytime driving lights as well as the low and high beam, thereby creating a signature brand look at all times. The side view is dominated by dramatic surfaces. Whilst they curve inwards on the far side of the front wheels, they bulge outwards again in a real display of power above the rear wheels. The glass area tapers at the rear, accentuating the muscular shoulder line, while the side window graphic terminates in a very tightly-angled version of the famous Hofmeister kink. And inside? Well the key change with this facelifted model is an upgrade in the size of the central infotainment screen - from 10.25 to 12.3-inches. And the six cylinder model gets multi-contour seats as standard. Otherwise, things are the same as before. The interior is awash with high-precision details and features a driver-centric cockpit and low-set sports seats featuring integral head restraints and trimmed in soft Merino leather. There's space for a couple of small children in the rear and the backrest sections can be folded down either individually or together in order to further increase the load capacity of the 420-litre luggage compartment.

Market and Model

8 Series Coupe pricing now starts at around £75,000 for the 840i, rising to around £104,000 for the desirable M850i xDrive variant. And around £126,000 for the M8 Competition Coupe. Equipment highlights across the range include Merino leather upholstery, a Head-up display, Active Park Distance Control and the BMW 'Live Cockpit Professional' infotainment set-up, which includes a 12.3 inch instrument binnacle display screen and a 12.3-inch centre-dash monitor. Via this, you'll have access to an adaptive nav system, a hard-drive-based multimedia system with 20GB, two USB ports, plus Bluetooth and WiFi interfaces. A key new option is the illuminated front grille, offered with an 'Iconic Glow' package, which gives you an illuminated surround and waterfall lighting for each of the grille elements. You can also order optional M emblems in blue, purple and red in place of the traditional blue and white BMW roundel. Plus as before, there's plenty of cutting-edge camera-driven safety kit and autonomous driving tech. The driver assistance systems process camera images as well as data gathered by ultrasonic and radar sensors to monitor the vehicle's surroundings, to warn of potential hazards and to minimise the risk of an accident with corrective braking or steering inputs. The car is equipped as standard with Cruise Control with braking function, as well as Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking, the latest version of which also alerts the driver when a cyclist is detected. Depending on the situation, the system can bring the vehicle to a halt to either avoid a collision or minimise its consequences.

Cost of Ownership

Just because you're spending over £75,000 on your luxury coupe, it doesn't mean you'll be paying through the nose to keep it on the road. The 840i Coupe manages 34.4mpg and 186g/km of CO2. Even the M850i with its turbocharged petrol V8 is capable of up to 26.9mpg and combined CO2 emissions of up to 242g/km. The M8 Competition manages up to 25.7mpg and up to 251g/km. Routine maintenance is dictated by 'Condition Based Servicing' that monitors oil level and engine wear, taking into account how long it's been and how far the car has travelled since its previous garage visit. To help plan ahead for the cost of regular work, at point of purchase you'll be offered a 'BMW Service Inclusive' package that lasts for three years and 36,000 miles. With this, after a one-off payment, you'll have the peace of mind of knowing that all normal work on the car has been paid for during this period, including items such as oil, spark plugs and filters. On to the warranty package. BMW offers a warranty that lasts for three years, no matter how many miles you complete. You can also insure your car through BMW, though as most 8s will be funded with company money through a lease deal, this brokerage fees are likely to be bundled into that.

Summary

BMW itself admits that the days of big GT-style coupes are probably numbered - at least in this form anyway. Forthcoming emissions legislation won't look kindly on a 4.4-litre V8. So maybe we should just enjoy this car while we can. It isn't the most luxurious large coupe of its kind - Bentley or Aston Martin will give you that. Nor is it dynamically the most focused - your local Porsche dealership will help you there. You sense though, that the designers of this car wanted a combination of these two virtues, rather than an extreme expression of either one. Their stated mission was to deliver what BMW calls a 'Gentleman's Racer' - which is a rather good description for what we've ended up with. Which leaves us with. well what? Possibly the most complete large coupe you can buy? We'd say so. But is it the 'ultimate driving machine' the ads will promise? Well it'll depend on how you define that. This car does so in its own very distinct way, with elegance, arrogance and excellence in equal measure. For a particular kind of customer, that'll be a very appealing combination indeed.

  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Climate comfort windscreen
  • Thermally insulated windscreen
  • Front electric windows
  • Automatic windscreen wipers and automatic headlight
  • Rain sensor and automatic driving lights control
  • Heated rear window, glass

  • Brake discs, compound structure
  • 19" M Sport brake in black high gloss with black calipers M designation
  • Integrated brake system
  • Electromechanical parking brake with automatic drive away release and auto hold function
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist

  • Adaptive M suspension
  • Double wishbone front axle
  • Dynamic Damper Control

  • Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth hands free facility with USB audio interface, voice control and enhanced bluetooth + Wireless charging

  • Remote view 3D
  • Drive experience control with Sport, Comfort, Eco Pro and Adaptive modes
  • Parking Assistant Plus with 360 degree surround view camera
  • Speed limiter
  • Servotronic system

  • Electric bootlid
  • Automatic tailgate operation, remote opening with key, closing by tailgate button or remote control including tailgate in LED technology

  • iDrive controller with shortcut buttons
  • BMW ConnectedDrive online services
  • BMW Drive recorder
  • Integrated owners handbook
  • Check control system
  • On board computer
  • Service interval indicator
  • Outside temperature display
  • Head up Display
  • Run flat indicator
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Instrument and upper door panel in walknappa leather
  • Condition based service
  • Brake pad wear indicator
  • BMW legal emergency call
  • Oil sensor for level and grade

  • Exterior mirrors - Floating design mirror,exterior mirror housing upper in vehicle colour,electri adjust/heated,aspherical,electric fold in function

  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • Sport exhaust system

  • DAB Digital radio
  • Favourite buttons
  • TV Receiver function including reception of digital TV station
  • Bowers and Wilkins diamond surround sound system

  • BMW Individual high-gloss shadow line with extended contents
  • Model logo on right tailgate
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Illuminated door handles
  • Wind deflector
  • Front ornamental grille with kidney grille bars
  • sDrive designation on left tailgate
  • Rear boot
  • Carbon core
  • M lights shadow line
  • Exhaust tailpipes with chrome finishers,radiator grille frame,air breather inlay,black chrome tailpipe trims,radiator grille struts in black highgloss

  • Daytime driving lights front and rear active
  • Third LED technology brake light in tailgate
  • High beam assistant
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • LED rear lights
  • BMW Laserlights
  • Follow me home headlight function
  • Welcome lights in interior and door handle area

  • Microfilter and active carbon filter
  • Automatic air conditioning with 2-zone control
  • Warm air collar

  • Fully automatic and lined softtop

  • Steering column with adjustable height and length and activation via control on the steering column
  • Lashing eyelets
  • Front centre armrest with light, 12V socket and USB and storage compartment
  • 3 spoke M sport leather multifunction steering wheel with shift paddle
  • Through loading function
  • BMW ID
  • CraftedClarity glass application for interior elements
  • Frameless interior mirror
  • 2 cup holders in front
  • Lockable glove compartment with light
  • Soft close doors
  • 2 X front 12v power sockets

  • Front reading lights
  • Interior lighting - Interior light front centre above interior mirror,luggage compartment light,automatic interior light system soft on/soft off
  • Ambient light with dynamic interior light
  • Front entry lights doors

  • Driving assistant professional pack - 8 Series
  • Front heat comfort pack - 8 Series
  • M sport exterier styling aerodynamics pack - 8 Series
  • Connected professional pack - 8 Series
  • BMW Live cockpit professional pack - 8 Series
  • Exterior items pack - 8 Series/Ultimate
  • M Carbon exterior package without carbon blade - 8 Series

  • Active protection
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Side impact protection
  • M sport seatbelt
  • ISOFIX child seat mounting for the two outer rear seats
  • Head airbags for 1st and 2nd seat row
  • Roll over protection system
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting, safety battery terminal clamp and airbags
  • Front three point with pyrotechnical belt latch tensioner seat belts, belt force limiter and belt stopper
  • Rear three point with pyrotechnical belt latch tensioner seat belts and belt force limiter
  • Airbags - Driver and front passenger airbag with seat occupancy detection, knee, side and front passenger seat airbag deactivation

  • 4 seats
  • Front seat ventilation
  • 50/50 split folding rear seat
  • 2 rear head restraints
  • Front seat heating

  • Closing system with central locking
  • Keyless entry with start/stop button
  • Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with electronic engine immobiliser
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Comfort access system
  • Centre lock switch
  • Vehicle key with exclusive M designation

  • Eight speed sport automatic transmission
  • M Sport differential

  • Front sun visors with ticket holder and illuminated mirror

  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH: 196
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL: 195
  • HC+NOx: N

  • Engine Code: B58B30M1
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 82
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 94.6
  • CC: 2998
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL: 33.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH: 32.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL: 8.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH: 8.6

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 333
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 3
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 49E
  • Coin Series: M Sport[Ultimate Pk]
  • Coin Description: i
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Power - BHP: 333
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 5.5
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Power - KW: 245
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 369
  • Engine Torque - NM: 500
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1700
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 51

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Front: 245/35 R20
  • Wheel Style: Y SPOKE STYLE 728M
  • Tyre Size Rear: 275/30 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: RUN FLAT TYRES
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Length: 4851
  • Width: 1902
  • Wheelbase: 2822
  • Width (including mirrors): 2137
  • Height: 1345
  • Height (including roof rails): N

  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 350
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Roof Load: N
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.6
  • Max. Loading Weight: 500
  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1840
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2340
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 68

  • Anthracite velour floormats: Included
  • Oyster velour floormats: £0

  • Individual piano black trim: £250
  • Fineline copper interior trim: £250
  • Aluminium trace dark interior trim: Included
  • Carbon fibre interior trim finishers: £450

  • BMW Individual paintwork: £1,065
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Solid paint: £0
  • Chrome exterior trim: £0
  • BMW Individual Frozen paint: £2,450
  • High gloss shadowline exterior: Included

  • Soft top - Black: £0
  • Soft top - Anthracite silver fleck: £350

  • Extended Merino leather upholstery: Included
  • BMW Individual extended merino leather upholstery - I: £0
  • BMW Individual extended merino leather upholstery - II: £500
  • BMW Individual full merino leather upholstery - I: £3,250
  • BMW Individual full merino leather upholstery - II: £3,750

  • Metallic - Portimao blue: £0
  • Metallic - Sanremo green: £0
  • Metallic - Skyscraper grey: £0
  • Metallic - Sunset orange: £0
  • Metallic - Mineral white: £0
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £0
  • Metallic - Carbon black: £0

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • BMW Individual metallic paint - Tanzanite blue: £1,065
  • BMW Individual frozen metallic paint - Frozen pure grey: £2,450
  • BMW Individual frozen metallic paint - Frozen tanzanite blue: £2,450
  • BMW Individual metallic paint - Aventurine red: £1,065
  • BMW Individual metallic paint - Dravit grey: £1,065

  • Active front seat headrests: Included

  • Front electric sports seats: Included
  • Front M Sport seats with electric memory function for driver/passenger seat + Lumbar support + Electric adjust comfort front headrests: £1,295
  • Electric front seats with memory function: Included

  • BMW Individual full Merino leather I - Black/Black world: £3,250
  • BMW Individual full Merino leather I - Ivory white/Ivory white world: £3,250
  • BMW Individual full Merino leather II - Fiona red/Black with Black world: £3,750
  • Extended merino leather - Black M piping/Black world: £0
  • BMW Individual extended Merino leather I - Ivory white/Ivory white world: £0
  • BMW Individual extended Merino leather I - Cognac/Black world: £0
  • BMW Individual extended Merino leather I - Black/Black world: £0
  • BMW Individual extended Merino leather II - Tartufo/Black with Black world: £500
  • BMW Individual extended Merino leather II - Fiona red/Black with Black world: £500
  • BMW Individual full Merino leather I - Cognac/black world: £3,250
  • BMW Individual full Merino leather II - Tartufo/black world: £3,750

  • 20" Double spoke bi colour alloy wheels with RFT - style 894M: £0
  • 20" Individual V spoke light alloy wheels with run flat mixed tyres - style 730l: £0
  • 20" Y spoke M light alloy wheels with mixed tyres in jet black with run flat tyres - style 728M: £0
  • 20" Y spoke M light alloy wheels with run flat mixed tyres in bicolour - style 728M: Included

  • Tyre repair kit: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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