The 2021 BMW 8 Series comes in 2-door coupe, convertible and 4-door Gran Coupe styles, with a choice of 6-cylinder or 8-cylinder engines. Equipment differs according to drivetrain, but even the entry-level model enjoys features that are extra in other BMW vehicles. Where’s it’s optional, all-wheel drive is $2,900, and this setup also includes Integral Active Steering, which is a form of rear-wheel steering. The
840i coupe ($88,995) has 18-in alloy wheels, keyless entry/ignition, adaptive LED headlights with automatic high beams, sport exhaust system, rain-sensing wipers, selectable driving modes, 12.3-in digital driver information display, full leather upholstery, heated front seats/armrests/steering wheel,
dual-zone automatic climate control, 14-way power-adjustable front sport seats with memory settings for driver and passenger, power-adjustable steering column, soft-closing doors, extended ambient LED cabin lighting, head-up display, power-operated trunk lid, universal garage door opener, front/rear parking sensors, Wi-Fi,
Apple CarPlay/Android Auto smartphone integration, two USB ports, Bluetooth, navigation with real-time traffic 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, voice control, and forward collision mitigation with automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection. The
840i convertible ($98,395) adds a power-folding black fabric soft top, wind deflector and a rollover protection system. It also swaps in a 12-speaker/408-watt Harman Kardon surround-sound system. The
840i Gran Coupe ($85,995) has two extra doors, quad-zone automatic climate control, powered panoramic moonroof with sunshade, powered rear sun shade, USB-C ports for rear occupants, and a powered trunk lid. Otherwise, its equipment roster is much like the regular coupe’s. The
M850i xDrive coupe ($112,895) employs the V8 engine, plus 20-in alloy wheels, M Sport brakes, adaptive M suspension with active anti-roll bars, M Sport differential, heated/ventilated/16-way power-adjustable front sport seats, rear-wheel steering, a rear spoiler and extra aerodynamic additions. The
M850i xDrive convertible ($122,395) has those same variations as the 840i convertible. Likewise, the
M850i xDrive Gran Coupe ($109,895) has the same differences as the 840i Gran Coupe. Among the many options is a Driving Assistance Package bringing blind spot monitoring, lane departure warning, a self-parking feature for parallel and perpendicular spaces, drive recorder, and the ability to check on the car remotely using a smartphone. The Driving Assistance Professional Package adds
adaptive cruise control with stop/go and Traffic Jam Assistant for partially autonomous driving, front/
rear cross-traffic alert, and evasive steering assistance. Other extras include glass controls, more comfortable front seats, and a 16-speaker/1,400-watt Bowers & Wilkins surround-sound system. Rear-drive versions of the 2021 8 Series are eligible for rear-wheel steering.
M850i versions of the coupe and Gran Coupe may be ordered with a lightweight M Carbon roof (made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic), extra cooling and high-performance tires. The M850i convertible offers neck-warming vents in the front seats. The
2021 M8 Gran Coupe ($130,995) has the carbon fiber roof as standard, along with the drive recorder, M Sport seats, gesture control and carbon fiber interior accents. Specific options for the M8 Gran Coupe include an M Driver’s package that pairs a day’s tuition in high-performance driving with a raised top speed of 190 mph. Trunk space for the 8 Series coupe is a useful 14.8 cu ft. The Gran Coupe isn’t much better with its 15.5 cu ft, but it does have split/folding rear seats. Naturally, the convertible has the smallest trunk, at 12.4 cu ft.
Neither the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has crash-tested the BMW 8 Series. Low-volume luxury cars are rarely put through such programs. Don’t be deterred, however. BMW’s many standard safety features include automatic emergency braking, seat belt pre-tensioning if a collision is considered imminent, corner braking control, automatic brake drying and driver fatigue monitoring.
2021 BMW M8 vs the competition
2021 Aston Martin Vantage— The
Vantage is more expensive than an M850i xDrive coupe and not quite as powerful — but what a look and what a drive.
2021 Audi A7 or
2021 Audi S7 — These rival the Gran Coupe. The
A7 has 367 hp and the
S7 enjoys 444 hp.
2021 Lexus LC— This is a coupe offspring of the
LS luxury sedan. It’s more cosseting than sporty, yet still a remarkable machine.
2021 Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class— As another rival to the Gran Coupe, it’s less expensive starting out, but comes with more power.
2021 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe or Cabriolet — Both models are based on the excellent S-Class flagship sedan. They are excellent and, in
AMG forms, wonderfully powerful. However, this generation is coming to an end, with a new model of sedan for 2021. Other variants might follow a year or two after.
2021 Porsche Panamera — The Panamera is a full-size luxury sedan that comes with a choice of drivetrains and has stellar driving abilities.
Used Bentley Continental — Available as a coupe or convertible, the Continental is absolutely majestic and responds well to being driven hard.
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