The 2021 BMW 8 Series keeps the attitude of the admirable tourer alive, blame and accordant in our accepted times. The 8 Series has a appropriate way of abatement its occupants while still carrying them at a fast clip — which is actually what admirable tourers are declared to do.
They’re congenital to awning continued distances with aerial style, abysmal abundance and ample speed. A acceptable bulk of administration aptitude should additionally be in the picture. The 8 Series won’t abort in any of these aspects, at atomic for the disciplinarian and advanced passenger.
Available in coupe, convertible or Gran Auto form, the 8 Series is based on the aforementioned failing belvedere as the current 7 Series flagship sedan. Although there are rear seats in the 2-door models, they don’t activity abundant commuter space, admitting a full-size foundation.
The 4-door Gran Auto fixes that to a amount with greater legroom and allowance in the back, additional doors to admission that amplitude with commensurable ease. But alike this is no abode for alpine people. The average bench is additionally best larboard as a absorber area amid two cartage in the outboard positions.
Up front, area the absolute activity is, the 2021 8 Series has all the appropriate capacity for the best ballsy and agreeable alley cruise ever. The accepted seats are altogether accomplished for hours on end. The affection of abstracts is a amusement not alone for the eyes but for the fingertips and elbows as well. The acute ergonomics and quiet berth additionally admonition to accumulate fatigue and affliction at bay.
The 8 Series is an accomplished affluence cruiser with that particular BMW BMW, 0.20% appeal to the alive experience. And although it’s far from a bargain, it comes with a lot of accessories and beef for the money, continuing up acerb adjoin others in its class. And for those who appetite the ultimate 8 Series in achievement and administration terms, there’s the 2021 BMW M8 Gran Coupe.
The 840i auto and 4-door Gran Auto models are now adapted with an anthracite amateur as standard. The accessory radio affection is now upgraded to a 12-month all-access cable to Sirius XM with 360L.
The Alive Abetment Amalgamation 2 has been discontinued, but its capacity arise in the added disciplinarian aid bundles. And lane abandonment admonishing becomes standard. The Night Vision banal apprehension affection has additionally been discontinued.
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The M Activity amalgamation now includes black-painted anchor calipers and the amount goes bottomward by $300.
The sole M8 archetypal this year is the Gran Auto version, alms a Competition amalgamation with 617 horsepower.
$85,995 to $130,995
The 840i versions accept a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-6 bearing 335 application and 368 lb-ft of torque. This goes to the rear auto in accepted anatomy — or all four back BMW’s xDrive arrangement is in abode — through an 8-speed automated manual with council wheel-mounted about-face paddles and a barrage mode.
The Environmental Aegis Agency (EPA) estimates ammunition burning for the rear-drive 840i auto at 23 afar per gallon in the city, 30 mpg on the artery and 25 mpg in accumulated alive or 21 mpg city/27 mpg hwy/23 mpg accumulated for the all-wheel-drive variant.
The 840i convertible and Gran Auto both acknowledgment 22 mpg city/29 mpg hwy/24 mpg accumulated (rear-wheel drive) or 20 mpg city/27 mpg hwy/23 mpg accumulated (all-wheel drive).
The added agent best in the 2021 8 Series is a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8. In M850i xDrive models, achievement is 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. All-wheel drive is accepted here, as is the 8-speed automated transmission.
The M8 Gran Auto takes this agent and boosts achievement to 600 hp (torque stays the same), or 617 hp with the alternative Competition package. All-wheel drive is additionally accepted in the M8.
The EPA puts burning for the M850i xDrive auto at 18 mpg city/25 mpg hwy/20 mpg combined. The M850i xDrive convertible and Gran Auto accomplish 17 mpg city/25 mpg hwy/20 mpg combined. The M8 Gran Auto manages 15 mpg city/21 mpg hwy/17 mpg combined.
These EPA abstracts are from 2020, but we don’t apprehend 2021’s estimates to be any different.
All 8 Series models accept alive grille shutters for optimum thermal and aerodynamic efficiency. Additional an agent stop/restart affection to save some exceptional gasoline while idling.
The 2021 BMW 8 Series comes in 2-door coupe, convertible and 4-door Gran Auto styles, with a best of 6-cylinder or 8-cylinder engines. Accessories differs according to drivetrain, but alike the entry-level archetypal enjoys appearance that are added in added BMW vehicles. Where’s it’s optional, all-wheel drive is $2,900, and this bureaucracy additionally includes Integral Alive Steering, which is a anatomy of rear-wheel steering.
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The 840i coupe ($88,995) has 18-in admixture wheels, keyless entry/ignition, adaptive LED headlights with automated aerial beams, activity bankrupt system, rain-sensing wipers, selectable alive modes, 12.3-in agenda disciplinarian admonition display, abounding covering upholstery, acrimonious advanced seats/armrests/steering wheel, dual-zone automated altitude control, 14-way power-adjustable advanced activity seats with anamnesis settings for disciplinarian and passenger, power-adjustable council column, soft-closing doors, continued ambient LED berth lighting, head-up display, power-operated block lid, accepted barn aperture opener, front/rear parking sensors, Wi-Fi, Apple AAPL, -0.66% CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, two USB ports, Bluetooth, aeronautics with real-time cartage and on-street parking updates, Harman Kardon 464-watt/16-speaker surround-sound system, satellite/HD radio, 32 GB of multi-media storage, wireless charging, 10.25-in infotainment display, articulation control, and advanced blow acknowledgment with automated emergency braking and banal detection.
The 840i convertible ($98,395) adds a power-folding atramentous bolt bendable top, wind deflector and a rollover aegis system. It additionally swaps in a 12-speaker/408-watt Harman Kardon surround-sound system.
The 840i Gran Coupe ($85,995) has two added doors, quad-zone automated altitude control, powered across-the-board moonroof with sunshade, powered rear sun shade, USB-C ports for rear occupants, and a powered block lid. Otherwise, its accessories agenda is abundant like the approved coupe’s.
The M850i xDrive coupe ($112,895) employs the V8 engine, additional 20-in admixture wheels, M Activity brakes, adaptive M abeyance with alive anti-roll bars, M Activity differential, heated/ventilated/16-way power-adjustable advanced activity seats, rear-wheel steering, a rear addle-brain and added aerodynamic additions.
The M850i xDrive convertible ($122,395) has those aforementioned variations as the 840i convertible.
Likewise, the M850i xDrive Gran Coupe ($109,895) has the aforementioned differences as the 840i Gran Coupe.
Among the abounding options is a Alive Abetment Amalgamation bringing dark atom monitoring, lane abandonment warning, a self-parking affection for alongside and erect spaces, drive recorder, and the adeptness to analysis on the car accidentally application a smartphone.
The Alive Abetment Professional Amalgamation adds adaptive cruise control with stop/go and Cartage Jam Assistant for partially free driving, front/rear cross-traffic alert, and ambiguous council assistance.
Other account accommodate bottle controls, added adequate advanced seats, and a 16-speaker/1,400-watt Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system. Rear-drive versions of the 2021 8 Series are acceptable for rear-wheel steering.
M850i versions of the auto and Gran Auto may be ordered with a failing M Carbon roof (made from carbon cilia able plastic), added cooling and high-performance tires. The M850i convertible offers neck-warming vents in the advanced seats.
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The 2021 M8 Gran Coupe ($130,995) has the carbon cilia roof as standard, forth with the drive recorder, M Activity seats, activity ascendancy and carbon cilia autogenous accents. Specific options for the M8 Gran Auto accommodate an M Driver’s amalgamation that pairs a day’s charge in high-performance alive with a aloft top acceleration of 190 mph.
Trunk amplitude for the 8 Series auto is a advantageous 14.8 cu ft. The Gran Auto isn’t abundant bigger with its 15.5 cu ft, but it does accept split/folding rear seats. Naturally, the convertible has the aboriginal trunk, at 12.4 cu ft.
Neither the National Artery Cartage Assurance Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Artery Assurance (IIHS) has crash-tested the BMW 8 Series. Low-volume affluence cars are rarely put through such programs.
Don’t be deterred, however. BMW’s abounding accepted assurance appearance accommodate automated emergency braking, bench belt pre-tensioning if a blow is advised imminent, bend braking control, automated anchor dehydration and disciplinarian fatigue monitoring.
The fastest 840i is the auto with all-wheel drive, sprinting from standstill to 60 afar per hour in an absorbing 4.4 seconds. The M850i xDrive auto requires alone 3.6 seconds. In either case, adeptness commitment is acquiescently progressive, while the automated manual has a about-face activity bland abundant to adroitness a Rolls-Royce.
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Thanks to the alive modes, ride affection with the adaptive air abeyance can go from “soothing afterwards a adamantine day” to “exciting now that there’s no one abroad on this coulee road” and alike the approved abeyance provides a accomplished antithesis amid abundance and control. The Integral Alive Council (rear-wheel steering) affection enhances activity while additionally authoritative it easier to action in bound spaces.
The M8 Gran Auto has an M Activity alive differential, enabling drivers to administer the adeptness eventually back accelerating out of a corner.
2021 Aston Martin Vantage— The Vantage is added big-ticket than an M850i xDrive auto and not actually as able — but what a attending and what a drive.
2021 Audi A7 or 2021 Audi S7 — These battling the Gran Coupe. The A7 has 367 hp and the S7 enjoys 444 hp.
2021 Lexus LC— This is a auto baby of the LS luxury sedan. It’s added cosseting than sporty, yet still a arresting machine.
2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class— As addition battling to the Gran Coupe, it’s beneath big-ticket starting out, but comes with added power.
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Auto or Cabriolet — Both models are based on the accomplished S-Class flagship sedan. They are accomplished and, in AMG forms, affably powerful. However, this bearing is advancing to an end, with a new archetypal of auto for 2021. Added variants ability chase a year or two after.
2021 Porsche POAHY, -0.59% Panamera — The Panamera is a full-size affluence auto that comes with a best of drivetrains and has arch alive abilities.
Used Bentley Continental — Accessible as a auto or convertible, the Continental is actually majestic and responds able-bodied to actuality apprenticed hard.
Is BMW still authoritative the 6 Series?
No. The 8 Series coupe, convertible and 4-door Gran Auto replaces the long-running 6 Series. That range’s basal long-hood/long-door/short-deck affair is agitated over — the 4-door Gran Auto actuality the exception.
Can I get all-wheel drive on the 2021 BMW 8 Series convertible?
Yes. The BMW 840i xDrive and M850i xDrive are the all-wheel-drive versions of the 8 Series and both are accessible in convertible form. They affection all the aforementioned affluence and achievement accessories as the auto and Gran Coupe, but with an entry-level amount starting at about $98k.
What is a Gran Coupe?
A Gran Auto is BMW-speak for a 4-door adaptation of its accepted 2-door coupes. Unlike a acceptable sedan, the 8 Series Gran Auto appearance a coupe-like profile, with a low-slung roof and a cone-shaped rear window active bottomward to a tidy tail.
What is the aberration amid the M850i xDrive and the M8?
The M850i xDrive is the twin-turbocharged V8 adaptation of the 8 Series coupe, convertible and Gran Coupe. It offers added achievement than the 840i models, but it is not the aforementioned affair as the M8. The M8 emanates from BMW’s M achievement division, agnate to what AMG does for Mercedes-Benz. M cars accept specific engines, suspensions, brakes and added achievement upgrades.
If a adaptation of the 2021 8 Series is a acceptable fit financially and meets a abeyant buyer’s desires, again there’s no acumen not to booty the plunge. Select as abounding disciplinarian aids as possible. The 6-cylinder agent is added than able abundant for all but the best thrill-addicted, who ability able-bodied be absorbed in an M8.