2023 BMW 8-Collection
Composed of elegantly styled coupe and convertible fashions, the 2023 BMW 8-series lineup mixes grand proportions with luxurious appointments. Whereas they don’t seem to be as visually dramatic or sensible because the four-door 8-series Gran Coupe model (reviewed individually), each of the two-door physique kinds are terrific boulevard cruisers. Because of a pair of easy engine choices—significantly the gutsy 523-hp twin-turbo V-8—the 8 coupe and convertible have the giddy-up to match their opulence. If excessive efficiency is a precedence, the individually reviewed M8 fashions match the invoice. Aside from poor outward visibility and a cosy again seat, the within of the 2023 8-series is gorgeous and supremely quiet. The Lexus LC will appeal to extra consideration, however the Bimmers supply a greater ride-and-handling steadiness and an unquestionably upscale expertise.
What’s New for 2023?
BMW provides the 2023 8-series coupe and convertible a handful of small updates, together with a subtlety revised entrance fascia with a newly customary illuminated kidney grille. Each physique kinds can now be had with new wheel designs and contemporary metallic paint colours: Skyscraper Gray, San Remo Inexperienced, Portimao Blue, Frozen Tanzanite Blue, and Frozen Pure Gray. The M850i provides aerodynamic aspect mirrors—courtesy of the M8 fashions—and an M badge within the grille. The newly non-compulsory M Sport Bundle Skilled (coupe solely) brings darkish components to the grille and headlights in addition to black-painted brake calipers; on the M850i it provides a black spoiler, too. To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of BMW’s M efficiency division, the M850i can now be had with the basic M brand, which replaces the outside BMW roundel badges. Inside, the touchscreen grows from 10.3 to 12.3 inches.
Pricing and Which One to Purchase
We favor the prodigious energy of the all-wheel-drive-only M850i, with its 523-hp twin-turbo V-8. We additionally like the kind of drama supplied by the regal and extra immersive drop-top model, even when it comes with an almost $10k surcharge. The 8’s cabin is lavishly appointed with leather-based masking most each floor and enticing accents, each of which may be blended to match everybody’s most well-liked aesthetic. We’re significantly keen on the Cognac Merino leather-based and Aluminum Darkish Hint inside trim. Among the many choices we would choose are the glass controls for an excellent ritzier inside, and the neck heaters within the front-seat headrests that’ll enable us to take pleasure in longer intervals of top-down driving in our four-season state.
Engine, Transmission, and Efficiency
BMW’s greatest coupe and convertible begin off with a 335-hp turbocharged inline-six-cylinder. These 840i fashions pair with an eight-speed computerized transmission and both rear- or all-wheel drive (known as xDrive in BMW’s parlance). Whereas we have not pushed an 8 with the six-cylinder, BMW has constructed a fame on silky easy and responsive powertrains, so solely velocity freaks will seemingly be disenchanted. As an alternative, we have pushed each physique kinds of the M850i that characteristic a 523-hp twin-turbo V-8, eight-speed computerized, and customary all-wheel drive. This mixture delivers spectacular acceleration for the Bimmer’s measurement and gives a wealthy soundtrack within the sportiest setting. Likewise, the transmission transitions from relaxed to reactive based mostly on the driving force’s proper foot. Most significantly, the 8-series delivers on its grand-touring guarantees, with a supremely quiet experience and shocking athleticism. Its steering suggestions is direct and linear however filters out street imperfections and front-tire suggestions. Though its adaptive dampers enable further flexibility relying on the chosen drive mode, they make the 8 remarkably secure throughout cornering of their stiffest setting. The automotive’s highly effective brake system and agency pedal really feel additional improve the sensation of absolute confidence.
Gasoline Financial system and Actual-World MPG
The extra highly effective M850i, which features a twin-turbo V-8 and customary all-wheel drive, means a big discount in EPA fuel-economy scores versus the turbo six-cylinder that powers 840i fashions. The M850i is rated as much as 17 mpg metropolis and 25 freeway, whereas the much less highly effective 840i has estimates of as much as 23 mpg metropolis and 30 freeway. We examined the M850i coupe and convertible on our 75-mph fuel-economy route the place they achieved 29 and 26 mpg, respectively. Whereas each physique kinds exceeded their EPA scores, the coupe did so by 4 mpg whereas the delicate high solely managed 1 mpg extra. For extra details about the 8-series’ gasoline economic system, go to the EPA’s web site.
Inside, Consolation, and Cargo
The 2023 8-series inside presents all of the infotainment gadgetry and luxurious options anticipated in a high-priced grand tourer. Each mannequin has 14-way power-adjustable heated entrance seats, soft-close computerized doorways, and customizable ambient lighting; extra extravagant upgrades embrace glass management and extra high-end supplies. It could actually even be outfitted with distinctive BMW Particular person choices, similar to a flowery white-and-brown coloration scheme. Though it does supply a pair of vestigial rear seats, they don’t seem to be nice locations for adults to spend time. The 8’s low roofline additionally impedes headroom within the entrance seat and outward visibility is not nice, however that is the worth of style. Its inside cubby storage consists of a coverable tray on the entrance of the middle console, a helpful central bin, and satisfactory door pockets. We additionally managed to suit 5 carry-on baggage within the coupe’s trunk and one other six with the again seats stowed, however the convertible held one bag much less in every situation.
Infotainment and Connectivity
A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 12.3-inch touchscreen are customary on each 8-series. Sadly, the instrument panel is overcrowded and never significantly intuitive to function with the steering-wheel controls. The infotainment system has a wide range of methods to work together with it, together with a helpful rotary knob on the middle console. It additionally options customary Apple CarPlay functionality, wi-fi charging, and a Wi-Fi hotspot—Android Auto is absent. Those that need a extra elaborate sound system can go for the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond encompass system.
Security and Driver-Help Options
The 2023 8-series presents myriad driver-assistance know-how, together with a semi-autonomous driving mode. For extra details about the 8-series’ crash-test outcomes, go to the Nationwide Freeway Visitors Security Administration (NHTSA) and Insurance coverage Institute for Freeway Security (IIHS) web sites. Key security options embrace:
- Commonplace forward-collision warning and automatic emergency braking
- Accessible adaptive cruise management with stop-and-go know-how
- Accessible lane-departure warning and lane-keeping help
Guarantee and Upkeep Protection
BMW covers each 2023 8-series with a aggressive restricted guarantee, nevertheless, it flip-flops benefits with its Lexus rival. Whereas the LC has an additional two years or 20,000 miles of powertrain safety, the 8 lineup contains a further two years or 26,000 miles of complimentary scheduled upkeep.
- Restricted guarantee covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Powertrain guarantee covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
- Complimentary upkeep is roofed for 3 years or 36,000 miles
Extra Options and Specs