The BMW 8 series is the BMW’s top-of-the-line series that offers the interior luxury equivalent to the S-series and performance that can rival the Porsche 911. Its distinctly aerodynamic body style and sharp body lines suggest it means business, and quite frankly, it does. If you’re looking for aggressive looks, high performance and luxury, then the 8-series is what you need.
The 8-series will come in two models, 840d and M850i, both are xDrive versions, meaning there will be plenty of grip when cornering and will get you off the line without breaking a sweat. Both models will also feature an eight-speed automatic transmission and will have paddle shifters for when you need to take full control.
An 840d will come with a 3-litre, straight-six, turbodiesel engine, which packs 316bhp and 502 lb-ft of torque, will return an approximate five litres per 100 kilometres, and it will get you from 0-100 within just 4.9 seconds. Just like the 2019 BMW Z4, both 8-series models will come with a limited top speed of 250km/h but will carry a heftier six-figure base price tag of €125,725.
Its slightly better-performing twin, the M850i, will come with a 4.4-litre, twin-turbo V8, which packs a staggering 523BHP and 553 lb-ft of torque. This model will have 207 more BHP and an additional 51 lb-ft of torque compared to the 840d, and it will get you from 0-100 km/h in just under 3.7 seconds. It will consume significantly more fuel compared to the 840d and will average approximately 8.5 litres per 100 kilometres, but let’s face it, if you can afford this car, fuel consumption is the least of your concerns.
The interior will come in many different trim options, and as you would expect from a flagship model, BMW did not cut corners or budget to make the interior look lavish & stylish. The centre console is not cluttered and blends quite well with all the interior lines. Having said that, BMW strived to ensure that your journey as much enjoyable as humanly possible.
The interior centre console has a nicely laid-out drive mode, a start/stop button in a convenient place near the shifter and space to charge your phone wirelessly. The centre console also has a 12.3-inch touchscreen display that stores an updated iDrive system, and an air gesture control will help you change volume and answer phone calls. It will have safety features such as collision warnings, lane switch warnings and give way warnings, and parking assistance will help you park your car at virtually any angle.
Once you put your foot down, it turns into a brute that’s ready to chew the tarmac, but to be certain, this 8-series is gentle and will enable you to enjoy the comfort and luxury, no matter in what situation you are in.