BMW

BMW 8 SERIES COUPE M850i xDrive 2dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph3.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2244 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 Mercedes S-Class Coupe? If you can't decide, this BMW 8 Series Coupe might offer the perfect solution.

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.

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 Mercedes S-Class Coupe? If you can't decide, this BMW 8 Series Coupe might offer the perfect solution.

Background

This car revives an 8 Series nameplate last seen between 1989 and 1999, but sidelined since as BMW has 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 insists that this 8 Series isn't a Gran Coupe replacement, nor is it 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 suggests a dynamic focus never previously seen in a top BMW coupe model.

Driving Experience

The range kicks off with the 340hp rear-driven 840i sDrive 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 alternative option is the 840d xDrive diesel variant, which uses the brand's familiar 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line diesel with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. It delivers a maximum output of 320hp and peak torque of 680Nm. 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

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. 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 starts at around £72,000 for the 840i sDrive, rising to around just over £76,000 for the 840d xDrive. You'll need a fraction over £100,000 for the desirable M850i xDrive variant. And around £124,000 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 10.25-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. Plus 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 £70,000 on your luxury coupe, it doesn't mean you'll be paying through the nose to keep it on the road. Even the M850i with its turbocharged petrol V8 is capable of up to 25.2mpg (WLTP) and combined CO2 emissions of up to 224g/km (NEDC). The 840d diesel improves that to 40.4mpg and 160g/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

We can see this 8 Series model carving out a useful niche for itself. M5-style drive dynamics and 7 Series saloon luxury is a combination likely to appeal to quite a few boardroom-level buyers. Of course, you'll never get the trackday-style feel of a 911, but potential buyers are unlikely to want that. And the greater practicality, technology and safety of this '8' will for them be ample compensation. Plus it makes a particularly striking aesthetic statement. Which you'll want if this car is to properly reward you for a lifetime's endeavour. It should elegantly be able to do just that.

  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Climate comfort windscreen
  • Sun protection glass
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
  • Thermally insulated windscreen
  • Front electric windows

  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Front and rear brake discs with interior ventilation
  • Electromechanical parking brake with automatic drive away release and auto hold function
  • CBC - (Cornering brake control)
  • Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Hill start assist

  • Velour floormats

  • Double wishbone front axle
  • Dynamic Damper Control

  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging

  • Integral active steering
  • Drive experience control with Sport, Comfort, Eco Pro and Adaptive modes

  • Powered tailgate operation

  • Instrument and upper door panel in walknappa leather
  • Oil sensor for level and grade
  • iDrive touch controller with shortcut buttons
  • BMW legal emergency call
  • Condition based service
  • Brake pad wear indicator
  • Check control system
  • On board computer
  • Service interval indicator
  • Head up Display
  • Run flat indicator
  • Outside temperature display
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Wifi hotspot preparation
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional sat nav system with intelligent personal assistant, voice control, gesture control
  • Integrated owners handbook

  • Electrically adjustable, heated, folding exterior mirrors

  • Sport exhaust system
  • Petrol Particulate Filter

  • Favourite buttons
  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB/audio interface

  • Illuminated door handles
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Front apron with spoiler lip on bumper
  • xDrive designation on left tailgate
  • Model logo on right tailgate
  • Carbon core
  • Air breather, kidney frame and kidney struts, model designation on side and rear in cerium grey
  • Chrome M designation on front side panel, left and right

  • Third LED technology brake light in rear window
  • Follow me home headlight function
  • Welcome lights in interior and door handle area
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • LED rear lights
  • High beam assistant

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

  • Frameless interior mirror
  • 2 cup holders in front
  • M Pedals
  • Lockable glove compartment with light
  • 2 X front 12v power sockets
  • Steering column with adjustable height and length and activation via control on the steering column
  • Illuminated M door sill finishers
  • M leather steering wheel including multifunction controls

  • Front entry lights doors
  • Dynamic ambient interior lighting
  • Front reading lights

  • M Aerodynamics pack - 8 Series
  • M Technology package - 8 Series
  • Connected professional pack - 8 Series

  • Active front seat headrests
  • Airbags - Driver and front passenger airbag with seat occupancy detection, knee, side and front passenger seat airbag deactivation
  • 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
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Side impact protection
  • Two tone horn
  • Front and rear head airbags
  • Fuel supply cut off
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Active protection

  • Front seat heating
  • Electric front seat adjustment with driver memory
  • 50/50 split folding rear seat
  • 2 rear head restraints

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

  • Eight speed sport automatic transmission with gearshift paddle switches
  • M Sport differential

  • Front sun visors with ticket holder and illuminated mirror

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 417
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 249
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 204
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 215
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 245
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 417
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 417
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 246
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 251
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 202
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 205
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 214
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 216
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 247
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 244
  • CO2 (g/km): 227
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • NOx: 0.015
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N

  • Engine Code: N63B44T3
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 89
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 88.3
  • CC: 4395
  • Cylinders: 8
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 32
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 21.6
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 35.8
  • EC Combined (mpg): 28.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 15.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 25.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 31.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 30.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 26.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 15.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 15.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 26.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 25.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 31.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 31.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 30.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 29.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 26.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 26.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 18.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 10.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 9.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 10.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 18.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 18.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 10.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 11
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 8.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 9.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 9.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 10.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 10.8

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: 15500
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 24
  • 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: 530
  • Badge Engine CC: 4.4
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 50E
  • Coin Series: M850
  • Coin Description: i xDrive

  • Engine Power - BHP: 530
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 3.8
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Power - KW: 390
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 553
  • Engine Torque - NM: 750
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1800
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 76.5

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

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

  • Width (including mirrors): 2137
  • Height: 1346
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4851
  • Width: 1902
  • Wheelbase: 2822

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1930
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2395
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 68
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 420
  • No. of Seats: 4
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.9
  • Max. Loading Weight: 465

  • 19" M Sport braking system with blue painted brake calipers with M designation: Included
  • M Sport brake in black high gloss with black calipers M designation: £0

  • Adaptive M suspension: Included
  • Adaptive M suspension professional: £2,495

  • Active Guard incl speed limiting and lane departure functions with auto steering, and front collision warning with brake intervention: Included
  • Parking Assistant Plus with 360 degree surround view camera: £650
  • Cruise control with brake function: Included
  • Parking assistant with active park distance control and rear view camera: Included

  • BMW Drive recorder: £0

  • Cerium grey exterior mirror caps: Included

  • Carbon fibre interior trim finishers: £450
  • BMW Individual piano black trim with highlight trim finishers: £250
  • Fine wood ash grain grey interior trim with metallic high gloss finish: £200
  • BMW Individual fine wood ash black silver interior trim with high gloss finish: £250
  • Stainless steel fabric interior trim finishers: Included

  • Harman kardon surround sound loudspeaker system: Included
  • TV function plus including reception of digital TV stations: £1,150
  • Bowers and Wilkins diamond surround sound system: £0

  • BMW Individual paintwork: £1,065
  • Solid paint: £0
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Individual Frozen paint: £2,450
  • High gloss shadowline exterior: Included
  • Body colour M rear spoiler: Included
  • Chrome line exterior with body colour mirror caps: £0
  • M Carbon roof: £2,650
  • BMW Individual high-gloss shadow line with extended contents: £450
  • Exhaust tailpipes with chrome finishers: Included

  • BMW Laserlights: £0
  • BMW icon adaptive LED headlights: Included

  • CraftedClarity glass application for interior elements: £575
  • Anthracite headlining: Included
  • Extended Merino leather upholstery: Included
  • Individual anthracite alcantara headlining: £0
  • Soft close doors: £0
  • Armrests integrated in front door trim, centre console includes storage compartment: 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
  • Individual alcantara headlining: £0

  • M Carbon exterior package with rear spoiler - 8 Series: £4,150
  • M Carbon exterior package without carbon blade - 8 Series Coupe: £4,150
  • M Carbon exterior package without rear spoiler - 8 Series Coupe: £4,150
  • Visibility package - 8 Series: £1,500
  • Driving assistant professional pack - 8 Series: £0
  • Front heat comfort pack - 8 Series: £0
  • Comfort plus pack - 8 Series Coupe: £1,800
  • Comfort plus pack with individual alcantara headlining - 8 Series Coupe: £1,800
  • Technology plus pack - 8 Series: £6,000

  • Metallic - Bluestone: £0
  • Metallic - Carbon black: £0
  • Metallic - Sunset orange: £0
  • Metallic - Mineral white: £0
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £0
  • Metallic - Barcelona blue: £0
  • Metallic - Dravit grey: £0

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • BMW Individual metallic paint - Tanzanite blue: £1,065
  • IIndividual frozen metallic paint - Frozen bluestone: £2,450
  • BMW Individual metallic paint - Aventurine red: £1,065

  • M Seatbelts: £260

  • Front seat ventilation: £0
  • Multifunctional sport seats for driver and front passenger: Included
  • Front M Sport seats: £1,295

  • 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
  • BMW Individual full merino leather II - Night blue/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 - Night blue/Black with Black world: £500
  • 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

  • Run flat tyres: £0

  • 20" Y spoke M light alloy wheels with mixed performance tyres in bicolour cerium grey - style 728M: Included
  • 20" Y spoke M light alloy wheels with run flat mixed tyres in bicolour cerium grey - style 728M: £0
  • 20" Multi spoke M light alloy wheels with run flat mixed tyres in bicolour - style 729M: £0
  • 20" Y spoke M light alloy wheels with mixed performance tyres in bicolour - style 728M: £0
  • 20" Y spoke M light alloy wheels with mixed performance tyres in jet black - style 728M: £0
  • 20" individual V spoke light alloy wheels with run flat mixed tyres - style 730l: £0

  • Tyre repair kit: Included

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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