The BMW 8-Series roared onto the scene in 2019 and gained a new six-cylinder variant in 2020. With this range-topping luxury rig still fresh, we expect the 2021 BMW 8-Series to roll in unchanged.
The current BMW 8-Series stuns with its sharp look in every body style – coupe, convertible, or Gran Coupe – with its exaggerated swoops and curves paired with signature Bimmer styling. Inside, there’s plenty of tasteful chrome and soft-touch materials to enhance its classy looks while a 10.3-inch touchscreen, cloud-based voice control, and standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto round out the technical side. We expect this to all remain the same when the carryover 2021 BMW 8-Series hits showrooms.
Under its hood, the current 8-Series gained a new base 840i model with a 335-horsepower 3.0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder engine. Up a notch in the 850i is a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 with 523 hp. Topping the range is the 600-hp 4.4-liter V8 in the M8. Opt for the M8 Competition, and this engine jumps to 617 hp. All 8-Series models use an eight-speed automatic transmission. All-wheel drive is optional with the inline-six, and standard on all V8-powered 8-Series models. We expect these powertrain options to remain the same in the 2021 8-Series.
No federal or independent safety institutions have crash-tested the 8-Series, nor do we expect them to. That said, the current 8-Series boasts standard automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and adaptive LED headlights. This sleek Bimmer also has an optional surround-view camera system, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure warnings, blind-spot monitors, and parking assistance. We expect this safety equipment to remain the same in the 2021 8-Series.
Pictured: 2020 BMW 8-Series