For the 2023 model year, the BMW 8-Series lineup arrives with a few changes. The 8-Series coupe and convertible arrive with updated front fascias, new wheel designs, and new metallic paint schemes. The 850i trim receives new aerodynamic side mirrors, a new M Sport Package Professional (only available on the coupe), and new optional badges. On the inside, the two-door 8-Series modes come with a larger 12.3-inch touchscreen.
The 8-Series Gran Coupe gets similar updates, which include a refreshed exterior design, new paint jobs, and a larger 12.3-inch touchscreen. The body style is available in a new limited-edition 8 X Jeff Koons model.
Choosing Your BMW 8-Series
BMW offers its flagship 8-Series in a large number of configurations and trims. As far as body styles go, the 8-Series is available in coupe, convertible, and Gran Coupe. All three are available in 840i, 840i xDrive, M850i xDrive, and M8 Competition trims. The Gran Coupe is also available in Alpina B8 and 8 X Jeff Koons trims.
Prices start at $85,995 (with destination) and go up to $140,895. The limited 8 X Jeff Koons trim costs $350,995.
The coupe and Gran Coupe share the same prices. Most convertible trims are an extra $9,400, but the M850i xDrive Coupe and M8 Competition trims are $9,500 more. The Gran Coupe and coupe share the same prices for trims.
Performance for the 8-Series comes from a standard turbocharged six-cylinder engine, while buyers can also choose between two available twin-turbo V8 engines.
The six-cylinder engine comes standard with rear-wheel drive with all-wheel drive being available as a $2,900 option. Moving up to one of the V8 engines brings standard all-wheel drive. All engines come paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
|Engine Type||Trim||Horsepower||Torque||Fuel Economy (Combined)|
|3.0L Turbo 6-Cylinder||840i||335 hp||368 lb-ft||24 mpg|
|4.4L Twin-Turbo V8||M850i||523 hp||553 lb-ft||19 mpg|
|4.4L Twin-Turbo V8||M8 Competition, ALPINA B8||617 hp||590 lb-ft||19 mpg|
Passenger and Cargo Capacity
Coupe and convertible models offer seating for up to four, while the Gran Coupe can seat up to five people. The Gran Coupe body style also has a set of full-size rear doors that make it much easier to access the rear seats.
When it comes to cargo capacity, the 8-Series coupe offers 14.8 cubic feet of space, the convertible has slightly less space with 12.4 cubic feet, and the Gran Coupe has up to 15.5 cubic feet of cargo space.
BMW offers the base 8-Series with a small list of standard safety features. The base trim comes with automatic emergency braking, forward collision warning, lane departure warning, and automatic high beam assist. The available Driving Assistance Package adds a surround-view parking camera, automatic park assist, reverse automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring for $100.
The available $1,700 Driving Assistance Professional Package brings evasive steering assist, lane-keeping assist, full-time steering assist, and adaptive cruise control. BMW’s Traffic Jam Assistant system that brings semi-autonomous driving capability at up to 40 mph is also included with the package.
For 2023, the 8-Series now comes with a standard 12.3-inch touchscreen. Other standard tech features on the vehicle include a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, a wireless charging pad, navigation, four USB ports, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a head-up display, Android Auto, and Apple CarPlay. The only noteworthy optional tech feature for the 8-Series is the available $3,400 Bowers & Wilkins audio system.
The base 8-Series comes well-equipped from the get-go with Nappa leather upholstery, 14-way power-adjustable front seats, wood trim, quad-zone automatic climate control, a heated steering wheel, heated front armrests, heated front seats, a power trunk lid, and automatic soft-close doors.
BMW made the M Sport Package standard last year, which carries over for 2023. The package includes a sporty body kit, an M Sport steering wheel, 19-inch wheels, upgraded brakes, and black exterior trim.
The few available options the 8-Series is available with include an Alcantara headliner ($650, engraved glass controls ($650), rear-wheel steering ($1,150), and ventilated front seats ($500).
The main difference with the M850i xDrive Coupe is that it comes with the more powerful twin-turbocharged V8 engine. Beyond that, the trim also comes with standard ventilated seats, rear-wheel steering, and all-wheel drive.
Carbon fiber trim is available for $4,100 and a carbon-fiber roof is an extra $3,000.
The M8 Competition raises the bar on the performance front. The trim has 617 horsepower, an advanced AWD system, adaptive suspension, and a high-performance exhaust system. The exterior features 20-inch wheels and gloss black trim.
The trim is available with carbon fiber racing seats for $3,800, carbon-fiber exterior trim pieces for $5,400, and carbon-ceramic brakes for an extra $8,150.
Most buyers will be happy with the performance the 2023 BMW 8-Series has with the standard six-cylinder engine. For drivers that aren’t, the M850i is the best option. Because of its large size, high-quality materials, and premium features, the 8-Series isn’t a lightweight sports car and isn’t meant to set new records at racetracks. The M850i has a punchy engine while retaining a smooth ride, high-tech goodies, and a plush cabin.