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BMW 8 Series

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Overview of the BMW 8 Series

Learn about the BMW 8 Series

Summary

The BMW 8 Series is a luxury sports coupe that was first produced in the 90s and came back in 2019 with an all-new convertible and four-door coupe. Elegantly styled, all models are loaded with standard safety and tech features with a generous amount of trunk space. True to its brand, the BMW 8 Series delivers on performance, with a powerful V8 or V6 engine. While this vehicle can really punch out at high speeds, the ride remains smooth and composed. For drivers willing to spend a little extra, the BMW 8 Series is well worth a test drive.

Safety

The new generation of the BMW 8 Series is loaded and comes with many standard safety features that were not available during the first generation's production run, such as a backup camera. The new generation offers the following optional driving aids:

  • Blind-spot monitoring – to tell drivers when a car is approaching them in the adjacent lane
  • Lane-departure warning – to alert drivers if they're veering
  • Cross-traffic alert – to warn drivers when vehicles are about to cross their path while reversing

Older models come with front airbags and traction control.

Interior

The BMW 8 Series is a four-seater with a refined interior and comfort-driven features. Standard amenities on the base trim include merino leather upholstery and a head-up driver display. Front seats, armrests and the steering wheel can all be heated on chilly days, while the front seats come with several power adjustments. The older models also come with heated seats and seat memory. The BMW 8 Series 2019 convertible soft-top can be deployed in just 15 seconds.

Technology

The latest release of the BMW 8 Series is filled with standard technology features that are easy to use. Buyers can expect to find these technical specs on the base model for the 2019 model year:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Smart Device integration
  • Satellite and HD radio
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • USB and auxiliary hookups
  • Navigation system

Models built in the 90s have limited tech compared to modern versions, but the last of that generation does include a CD changer/cassette player and AM/FM radio.

Space

Drivers with big families might want to opt for the BMW 8 Series grand coupe, which has four doors and seating for five. For its class, the grand coupe feels quite roomy in both the front and back seats. Moving on to the coupe and convertible, the backseat becomes more cramped and is better left for smaller passengers. Trunk space is the most generous in the grand coupe, but the coupe version is also quite adequate. Naturally, the convertible model has the least amount of cargo room, but is still spacious enough for daily driving needs.

Comfort

The BMW 8 Series delivers on comfort and performance. Equipped with a Twin-Turbo V8 engine, this model can really gun it down the highway and curve sharply around corners without sacrificing on the passenger's cushiony ride. Some drivers feel that the BMW V8 is not as sporty as some of its rivals, but it can still accelerate from 0 to 100 in just 3.6 seconds. Whether it's through uneven terrain or winding roads, the ride feels smooth and composed.

Pros and cons of the BMW 8 Series

  • Powerful and responsive engine options
  • Elegantly designed interior
  • Lots of standard technology
  • Limited backseat space in coupe and convertible models
  • Headroom can seem limited in grand coupe models
  • Engine may seem less powerful than some rivals
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.

Specifications of the BMW 8 Series

Key specifications available across all trim levels
  • Seats4 - 5
  • Doors2 - 4
  • Fuel typeGas
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • City consumption13.3 - 14.5 L/100km
  • Highway consumption9.2 - 9.9 L/100km
  • Width1902 - 1932 mm
  • Length4851 - 5087 mm
  • Trunk space420 - 440 L
  • Cargo space420 - 440 L
Exact values depend on trim and engine choice.

Trims available with the BMW 8 Series

What is a trim? Trims are different options of the same car with different features and equipment. The specs depend on the trim you choose.This variant of the BMW 8 Series 2019 - present is available in 1 trim:

M850i trim features and specs

  • 2 climate zones (optional)
  • 4 climate zones (optional)
  • Air conditioning (automatic)
  • Center arm rest between front seats
  • Driver seat has lumbar support
  • Electric windows
  • Electrically adjustable front seats
  • Heated front seats
  • Heated rear seats (optional)
  • Heated steering wheel (optional)
  • ISOFIX installation points
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Multifunction steering wheel
  • Paddle shifters
  • Passenger seat has lumbar support
  • Power steering
  • Sport seats in the front
  • Tire repair kit
  • Ventilated front seats (optional)
  • Adaptive bending lights
  • Alloy wheels
  • Cornering lights
  • Daytime running lights
  • Door mirrors electrically adjustable
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Glare-free high beam
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights (optional)
  • Laser headlights (optional)
  • Short wheel base
  • Sunroof (optional)
  • Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
  • Brake assist system
  • Collision warning system
  • Collision warning system with automatic braking
  • Dimming interior mirror (optional)
  • Disc brakes
  • Dusk sensor
  • Electronic traction control
  • Emergency call system
  • Fatigue warning system
  • Four-wheel drive
  • Front-driver airbag
  • Front-passenger airbag
  • Knee airbag
  • Lane departure warning
  • Night vision (optional)
  • Overtaking sensors
  • Rain sensor
  • Side airbag
  • Side curtain airbag
  • Stability control
  • Tire pressure indicator
  • 360 degree camera
  • Adaptive cruise control (optional)
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Automatic parking
  • Bluetooth
  • Computer
  • Cruise control
  • Digital radio (optional)
  • Electric tailgate
  • Front sensors
  • Front view camera
  • Hill start assist
  • Keyless entry
  • Navigation system
  • Power door locks
  • Radio
  • Rear sensors
  • Rear view camera
  • Side sensors
  • Speed limiter
  • Start stop system
  • Touchscreen
  • USB port for front passengers
  • WiFi
  • Wireless charging pad/mat
2 engines are available with the M850i trim:
4.4 L - Gas - 523 hp
City consumption:13.6 - 14.5 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.3 - 9.9 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:547 - 583 km
4.4 L - Gas - 530 hp
City consumption:13.3 L/100km
Highway consumption:9.2 L/100km
Transmission:Automatic
Range:591 km

Frequently asked questions about the BMW 8 Series

The manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of the BMW 8 Series starts at $122,100. Drivers can find used first-generation models for as low as $13,000.

Yes. The BMW 8 series features a cabriolet option, which was introduced during the relaunch in 2019.

The BMW 8 Series grand coupe, coupe and convertible can reach a top speed of 250 km/h.

That depends on the trim. The Gran Coupe has four doors, while the Coupe and Cabriolet have two.

Currently, there is no electric version of the BMW 8 Series. Drivers looking for an electric model should check out some of of the other vehicles in the BMW lineup.