BMW

BMW 8 SERIES DIESEL COUPE 840d xDrive MHT M Sport 2dr Auto [Ultimate Pack]

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph4.8s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2168 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 'G15'-series BMW 8 Series Coupe might offer the perfect solution. Especially in this 840d diesel guise.

MUNICH'S MARVEL

BMW aims to bring something different and more dynamically elegant to the market for large luxury coupes with this sleekly-styled 840d model. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

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 'G15'-series BMW 8 Series Coupe might offer the perfect solution. Especially in this 840d diesel guise.

Background

The 8 Series revives an 8 Series nameplate last seen with the 'E31'-series model sold between 1989 and 1999. That rather memorable contender was nominally replaced early on in this century by two 6 Series Coupe designs, the 'E63'-series model of 2003 and the 'F13'-series model of 2011. Both though, were less exclusive-feeling BMWs which merely plugged a gap in the Munich maker's line-up as the company experimented with other approaches into the luxury GT market. That's what brought us the 'F07' generation 5 Series Gran Turismo of 2009, the 'F06'-series four-door 6 Series Gran Coupe of 2012 and the electrified i8 sportscar of 2014. Everything the Bavarian brand has subsequently learned has been channelled into this 'G13' generation 8 series design, which was launched in mid-2018 aiming to recapture the more exclusive feel of its 'E31' predecessor. It's much, much more than 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. Let's check this car out in 840d diesel form.

Driving Experience

A 'Gentleman's Racer'. Is that what this is? BMW thinks so. For you, that might conjure up pictures of Brooklands in the Thirties but what the Munich maker means by that term is the kind of big sporty GT that Aston Martin has long specialised in. In terms of the driving experience, what BMW has aimed for here is something mid-way between what's served up by this car's two main rivals - the Mercedes S-Class Coupe and more powerful versions of the Porsche 911. And broadly, that's what you get. This car's 'raison d'etre' isn't primarily for the track; no 2-tonne luxury coupe is ever going to feel completely comfortable on a circuit. But it's a heck of a lot more comfortable there than the previous 6 Series models ever were. The brand's xDrive 4WD system is standard, as in 'Integral Active Steering', which gives you four wheel steering for extra cornering stability. Plus there's fantastic traction through the big bespoke Bridgestones and absolutely brilliant brakes. I opted to try the 840d diesel variant. It obviously can't deliver the aural excitement of the alternative V8 petrol versions but the free-revving in-line 3.0-litre six still manages to sound rather good in its own way, with a deep gravelly note that's emphasised by the stereo speakers. It's got a lot of grunt too, the 750Nm torque figure 70Nm higher than the standard V8. And you get the same Launch Control set-up to hurl you away from rest, allowing an 840d to reach 62mph in just 4.9s. If you like your stats, you can see plenty more of them via a 'Sport' display in the 'Car' section of the centre-dash infotainment screen that as you drive can show you G-Force readings, plus torque horsepower, oil temperature and turbo boost read-outs.

Design and Build

It's been a long time since BMW brought us a large coupe that was really elegant, but most will agree that this modern-era 8 Series design really is. It's very much a BMW of course from the front, with one of the widest double kidney grilles yet seen on a Bayerische Motoren Werke model, which flows into the slimmest headlamps the brand has ever used. In profile, the roofline's low, fast arc is certainly striking, as are the wide shoulders and short overhangs. Inside, the seating position is notably low, reminding you of this 8 Series model's more focused driving remit and you're surrounded by a cabin that's high in quality but perhaps lacking a little in terms of sheer specialness. Adding in little touches like the 'CraftedClarity' glass finishing for various controls helps quite a bit here. It's hard to fault the digital screen technology delivered by the standard 'Live Cockpit Professional' package that combines this 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display with a 10.25-inch centre-dash infotainment monitor, all of it accessible via touchscreen, the usual lower iDrive touch controller or voice control. And you're perfectly positioned in front of it all by brilliantly supportive multifunctional sports seats trimmed in white-stitched Merino leather that extends up on to the dash. The rear seats are very cramped, but you get a decently sized 420-litre boot.

Market and Model

There's quite a price gap between the two core 8 Series Coupe variants that were offered from launch. Pricing at the introduction of this model range saw this 840d diesel, with its 320hp 3.0-litre six cylinder diesel, costing from just over £76,000, while the alternative M850i variant with its 530hp 4.4-litre petrol V8 requires a budget pretty much dead-on the £100,000 mark. Though the Convertible version isn't our focus here, for reference we'll tell you that that body style requires a £7,000 premium in each case. Competitors for this 840d are difficult to find. There simply aren't any large luxury two-door diesel Coupes available - not in our market anyway. The closest comparable models we can think of are four-door coupes which cost a lot less: the Audi A7 Sportback - in 320hp 3.0 BiTDI form; and the Mercedes CLS - in 340hp 400d guise. Both cars cost around £60,000 but are arguably more directly targeted by BMW's own 6 Series Gran Turismo, which in 630d xDrive form offers only 265hp but with 'M Sport' trim costs much the same as those top A7 or CLS diesel models.

Cost of Ownership

No rival in this segment can get anywhere near the readings you'd be able to achieve at the wheel of the 840d diesel model - up to 40.4mpg on the WLTP combined cycle (which makes possible a realistic 600 mile driving range) and up to 160g/km of CO2 (NEDC). A 1.5-litre petrol Ford Mondeo doesn't do much better than that. Both the stats we've quoted here were measured under the current 'WLTP' or 'World harmonised Light vehicle Test Procedure' cycle, but BMW has converted them back to the less accurate 'New European Driving Cycle' 'NEDC2' spec, since that's what a lot of rival models are still using. The 8 Series powerplants of course comply with the current 'EU6d-TEMP' emissions standard, which dictates that they must have a gasoline particulate filter. On this 840d, BMW's 'BluePerformance' technology further adds a particulate filter, an oxidation catalyst, an Nox absorption catalyst and an SCR catalyst with 'AdBlue' injection. You'll probably be familiar with AdBlue by now because most modern Euro6 diesel powerplants use it. It's a urea additive that mixes with the hot exhaust gases from the engine. As the urea combines with these fumes, it turns many of the harmful chemicals into nothing more noxious than water and nitrogen - and that's what makes up most of the Earth's atmosphere. Tell all that to bar stool experts who talk as if diesel cars are alone responsible for smogging up our cities.

Summary

There aren't many sporting models in this category that a really well-heeled buyer would consider running as an only car, but this is one of them. If you need it to be an old fashioned road smoker, it can do that; this '8' is certainly far happier on a track than its flaccid 6 Series predecessor. And then, at the circuit gates, it can change character into a classic Grand Touring GT. And deliver the kind of experience you might have previously thought you'd have to stretch to a Bentley Continental GT or an Aston Martin DB11 to get. Are there things I'd change? A few. The interior is classy, well appointed and deeply impressive but it's not especially memorable. We think air suspension should have been included - at least as an option. And given this car's sheer size, it would have been nice to see the kind of rear seat space you get in a rival Mercedes S-Class Coupe. Otherwise though, I think this '8' is, in its own way, very desirable indeed.

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

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

  • Velour floormats

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

  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging

  • Parking Assistant Plus with 360 degree surround view camera
  • Integral active steering
  • Drive experience control with Sport, Comfort, Eco Pro and Adaptive modes

  • Powered tailgate operation

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

  • Electrically adjustable, heated, folding exterior mirrors

  • 48V Mild hybrid technology
  • Diesel particulate filter

  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB/audio interface
  • Favourite buttons
  • TV function plus including reception of digital TV stations
  • Bowers and Wilkins diamond surround sound system

  • xDrive designation on left tailgate
  • Model logo on right tailgate
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Illuminated door handles
  • Bright chrome kidney grille
  • Chrome M designation on front side panel, left and right
  • Carbon core
  • Satinised aluminium kidney struts
  • M Carbon roof

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

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

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

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

  • Driving assistant professional pack - 8 Series
  • Front heat comfort pack - 8 Series
  • M Aerodynamics pack - 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
  • Active protection
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)

  • Front seat heating
  • Electric front seat adjustment with driver memory
  • Front seat ventilation
  • 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

  • Front sun visors with ticket holder and illuminated mirror

  • Tyre repair kit

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 265
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 165
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 162
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 171
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 261
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 265
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 161
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 165
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 143
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 146
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 160
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 162
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 171
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 168
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N

  • Engine Code: B57D30T2
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 84
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 90
  • CC: 2993
  • Cylinders: 6
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 24
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 16.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 28
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 28.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 28
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 45.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 43.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 10.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 9.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 10.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 6.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 6.5

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: True
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 50E
  • 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: 340
  • Badge Engine CC: 3.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • AdBlue: True
  • Coin Series: M Sport[Ultimate Pk]
  • Coin Description: d MHT xDrive

  • Engine Power - BHP: 340
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 4.8
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Power - KW: 250
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4400
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 516
  • Engine Torque - NM: 700
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 71.4

  • 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
  • Wheel Style: Y SPOKE STYLE 728M
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False

  • Width (including mirrors): 2137
  • Height: 1341
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4843
  • Width: 1902
  • Wheelbase: 2822

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1915
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2410
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 66
  • 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: 495

  • 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

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

  • Extended Merino leather upholstery: Included
  • Individual anthracite alcantara headlining: Included
  • Individual alcantara headlining: £0
  • 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

  • M Carbon exterior package without carbon blade - 8 Series Coupe: Included
  • M Sport pro pack with 20" Y spoke 728M bicolour alloy wheels - 8 Series 840d xDrive Coupe/Gran Coupe: Included
  • M Sport pro pack with 20" Y spoke 728M jet black alloy wheels - 8 Series 840d xDrive Coupe/Gran Coupe: £0
  • M Carbon exterior package without rear spoiler and carbon blade - 8 Series Coupe: £0

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

  • 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

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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