BMW 8 SERIES OVERVIEW.

At the end of the 80s, the successor to the BMW 6 series (E24) took the experts by surprise. Now the coupé is called the BMW 8 series. It is significantly larger, sports a completely new body shape and boasts the latest technology. The BMW 8 series coupé combines technical advances with maximum driving dynamics and performance, with the exclusivity of a high-end luxury car.

 

Almost 20 years later, the current generation is based on the same principle. A completely overhauled design with revolutionary styling meets the latest evolution in engineering – including the most powerful engine ever in a BMW production vehicle. These precise, unsurpassed dynamics can be seen in the drive, control and performance. Aesthetics, comfort and power are fully demonstrated in three body shapes – Coupé, Cabriolet and Gran Coupé.

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5 CHARACTERISTICS OF THE BMW 8 SERIES.

  • 01 Uncompromising driving dynamics
  • 02 Design that combines style and perfection
  • 03 Exclusive materials, exceptional paint finishes: Each BMW 8 series is unique
  • 04 Compelling vehicle editions: BMW 8 Series Coupé, 8 Series Cabriolet or 8 Series Gran Coupé
  • 05 The luxury of progress: Always at the forefront of safety and assistance systems
BMW 8 Series Coupé (G15) three-quarter front view BMW 8 Series Convertible (G14) three-quarter front view BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé (G16) 7/8 side view, all standing

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BMW 8 SERIES.

Discover the history of the BMW 8 series models and encounter the latest coupés – together with the origins of these elegant, powerful luxury sports cars.

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A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BMW 8 SERIES.

THE FIRST GENERATION BMW 8 SERIES.

BMW 8er Coupé (E31) 7/8 side view driving

(E31)

At its launch at the 1989 International Motor Show (IAA) in Germany, the effective successor to the BMW 6 series (E24) is so well received that 5,000 have been pre-ordered before the first BMW 850i has even been delivered. The wedge-shaped body with the long hood and the steep rear is designed by Klaus Kapitza. Its flat front is reminiscent of the BMW M1. The flowing, exceptionally elegant lines promise a performance that is easily delivered by the V12-cylinder engine with its five liter displacement and an output of 220 kW (300 hp).

 

Its many technical innovations also make this car the most modern vehicle built by BMW at the end of the 80s. Updates include the optional self-steering rear axle and new assistance systems, such as the DSC stability system, variable-speed power steering and the Electronic Damper Control (EDC) available on the BMW 850i. The 8 series is the first BMW to have a Cd value of less than 0.3 and a multiplex system for networking the various control systems.

 

1992 sees the launch of an even more powerful version – the 850Csi – generating 380 kW (280 hp) of output with a 5.6 liter displacement. A year later, a 4.0 liter 8-cylinder engine with a power output of 210 kW (286 hp) completes the range of engines. Another version of the 12-cylinder unit, the BMW 850Ci, is available in 1994 and produces 240 kW (326 hp) with a 5.4 liter displacement. The BMW 840 is also available in a Ci version in 1995. The BMW 8 series combines the best of technology, aerodynamics and design. Avant-garde elegance and exclusive luxury unite with outstanding performance – features that are revived by the 2018 BMW 8 series (G14, G15, G16). By the end of production in 1999, more than 30,000 units of the luxury coupé have rolled off the assembly line.

 

Production period: 1989–1999

Engines: 4.0–5.6 liters (160–280 kW, 218–380 hp), 8- & 12-cylinder

Length/width/height: 4,780 mm/1,885 mm/1,340 mm.

THE SECOND GENERATION BMW 8 SERIES.

MW 8er Coupé (G15) three-Quarter front view standing

(G15)

The successor to the BMW 6 series (F13) is the ideal combination of the highest quality and maximum performance. The unique design already shows the ambition of the luxury sports coupé. The flat headlamps with optional laser lighting underline the flat, low-lying silhouette and represent a new aesthetic form. The clearly-drawn lines, muscular shoulder areas and the flat roof line combine the character of a sports car with the BMW luxury class's aspiration.

 

The interior thrills with its progressive styling, in which everything points in one direction: forwards. The luxurious materials inside, such as the interior trims made of high-grade wood and the individual BMW leather fittings, keep the promise of an extraordinary feel. And the multitude of unique paintwork finishes means it expresses individual preferences perfectly.

 

The digital sports car cockpit ensures reliable control over the vehicle’s power and the BMW 8 series always features innovative technologies such as the latest safety and assistance systems.

 

The uncompromising driving dynamics are taken directly from motor sport, as are the XDrive all-wheel-drive system, the M sport differential and the electromechanical roll stabilization. Together with the characteristic highly efficient and powerful drive systems, the BMW 8 series Coupé delivers maximum power – up to 460 kW (625 HP) in the M8 Competition Coupé – from a double turbocharged 8-cylinder engine. At the time, it is the most powerful engine of any BMW production vehicle.

 

Production period: 2018–today

Engines: 3.0–4.4 liters (245–460 kW, 333–625 hp), 6- & 8-cylinder

Length/width/height: 4,843–4,867 mm/1,902–1,907 mm/1,339–1,362 mm

BMW 8 Series Convertible (G14) three-quarter side view standing

(G14)

Available since 2019, the BMW 8 series Convertible offers a unique open-air experience. The fabric top folds back like a coupé and takes less than 15 seconds to open, while a wind deflector ensures undisturbed driving pleasure. Thanks to its racing genes, the BMW M8 Competition Convertible accelerates from a standing start to 100 km/h in just 3.3 seconds. The precisely tuned chassis with an active self-steering rear axle facilitates dynamic cornering. The vehicle’s self-confident design speaks for itself and promises breathtaking, sensual sportiness with its sleek silhouette and powerful tail.

 

The interior, a perfect symbiosis of luxury and performance, is crafted from exquisite materials such as the optional “Merino” leather upholstery with contrasting quilting. Another highlight is the optional “Crafted Clarity” glass application. Its handmade glass elements on the gear selector, iDrive controller and start/stop button elevate the interior’s appearance and feel.

 

The BMW 8 series Convertible is always an unparalleled, exclusive experience. It comes as either a BMW M8 Competition Convertible with an M TwinPower Turbo 8-cylinder engine, or as a 6-cylinder engine option.

 

Production period: 2019–today

Engines: 3.0–4.4 liters (245–460 kW, 333–625 hp), 6- & 8-cylinder

Length/width/height: 4,843–4,867 mm/1,902–1,907 mm/1,339–1,353 mm

BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé (G16) three-quarter rear view driving

(G16)

Also available since 2019, the four-door BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé combines the extravagant luxury and sensational driving performance of the BMW 8 series coupés with an impressive amount of space. The long wheelbase and the slightly raised roof line provides generous head and leg room. The panoramic glass roof allows plenty of light and, if needed, fresh air into the vehicle with the slide and lift function. What’s more, it creates an unobstructed view from the front to the rear window.

 

Inside, the first-class finish and high-quality leather – which can be hand-sewn on request – delight the senses. The interior can be customized down to the smallest detail, like the BMW Live Cockpit Professional, which features a high-resolution instrument display, the control display in the center console and the BMW Head-Up Display. They can be operated by touch or via the iDrive controller, as well as with gesture or voice commands.

 

From the outside, the luxury sports coupé revolutionizes styling within its class with an athletic front, flowing silhouette and striking tail. The elegant side sections show off the extraordinary paint finishes which feature special shine and shimmer effects.

 

Powerful twin power turbo gasoline engines and a double turbo-charged common-rail diesel engine give the BMW 8 series Gran Coupé a unique agility and driving dynamics that place the vehicle at the forefront of its class. These are accentuated by the low center of gravity and the body’s high rigidity.

 

The BMW 8 series Gran Coupé guarantees a supreme ride in the city, on the highway and along winding country roads. And is the ideal partner for long-distance road trips and journeys.

 

Production period: 2019–today

Engines: 3.0–4.4 liters (245–460 kW, 333–625 hp), 6- & 8-cylinder

Length/width/height: 5,074–5,098 mm/1,932–1,948 mm/1,401–1,420mm

BMW 8er Coupé (G15) three-quarter front view standing

BMW 8 SERIES COUPÉ.

BMW M8 Gran Coupé (F93) three-quarter side view standing with model

BMW 8 SERIES GRAN COUPÉ M AUTOMOBILES.

BMW M8 Gran Coupé (F93) three-quarter side view standing with model

BMW 8 SERIES COUPÉ M AUTOMOBILES.

BMW 8er Convertible (G14) three-quarter side view standing

BMW 8 SERIES CONVERTIBLE.

BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé (G16) three-quarter rear view driving

BMW 8 SERIES GRAN COUPÉ.

FUEL CONSUMPTION AND CO2 EMISSIONS.

BMW 8 Series Coupé:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.8–6.2
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 247–163

 

BMW M8 Coupé:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 11.4–11.0
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 260–251

 

BMW 8 Series Convertible:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.9–6.4
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 248–168

 

BMW M8 Convertible:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 11.6–11.2
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 264–255

 

BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 11.0–6.4
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 252–167

 

BMW M8 Gran Coupé:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 11.6–11.2
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 264–256

 

Official figures for fuel consumption, CO2 emissions, electricity consumption and electric range were determined in accordance with the prescribed measurement procedure and comply with Regulation (EU) 715/2007 as amended. WLTP figures take into account any optional equipment in the case of ranges. For vehicles newly type-approved since 01.01.2021, the official specifications exist only according to WLTP. Further information on the NEDC and WLTP measurement methods can be found at www.bmw.de/wltp

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Power. Control. Comfort. Thanks to its unique design, exceptional agility and impressive engines, the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé raises both the rev counter and the adrenaline level. Combined with exclusive racing features, the luxury sports car is the perfect fusion of top quality and maximum performance.

The BMW 8 Series Convertible: a sports car in the BMW luxury class and pioneer of a new style of freedom. A car perfected down to the tiniest detail that states its dynamic potential with incredible elegance. Its design: powerful and aesthetic. Its drive system: highly agile and hugely powerful. This vehicle redefines the concept of a luxury sports car in a highly emotional way. In it, absolute comfort meets technological innovation – and ambitious sportiness meets unlimited driving pleasure.

The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé is a breathtaking four-door sports car with a generous sensation of space. Its styling is based on a completely new design language for luxurious sports cars, conveying unbridled power and impressive agility. The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé keeps this uncompromisingly sporty promise on every metre of asphalt with its spirited engines. In all four seats – in an irresistibly exclusive and at the same time impressively sporty ambience.

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Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

  • BMW 8 Series Coupé:
    Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.8–6.2
    CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 247–163

    BMW M8 Coupé:
    Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 11.4–11.0
    CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 260–251

    BMW 8 Series Convertible:
    Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.9–6.4
    CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 248–168

    BMW M8 Convertible:
    Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 11.6–11.2
    CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 264–255

    BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé:
    Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 11.0–6.4
    CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 252–167

    BMW M8 Gran Coupé:
    Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 11.6–11.2
    CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 264–256

    The values of fuel consumptions, CO2 emissions and energy consumptions shown were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable at the time of type approval. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany and the range shown considers optional equipment and the different size of wheels and tires available on the selected model.

    The CO2 efficiency specifications are determined according to Directive 1999/94/EC and the European Regulation in its current version applicable. The values shown are based on the fuel consumption, CO2 values and energy consumptions according to the NEDC cycle for the classification.

    When charging times are shown they can be affected by a number of factors such as type of charger, voltage supplied to the charger/car and type of current (AC or DC) supplied to the charger/car. The car also plays a role in charging times as it can be set by the driver to accept various different amperage and should preconditioning be used to heat or cool the vehicle while charging this will also affect the charging time.

    The basis for the calculation of the charging times for 100 km range is the electric consumption of the vehicle based on the use of a high-Powered Charging station (HPC) or charging type and current as indicted in the literature above. The testing procedure measures are based on a 23 degrees Celsius battery start and ambient temperature with certification values excluding additional auxiliary consuming devices and systems within the vehicle such as seat heating, displays, air conditioning.

    Individual consumption (fuel economy) may differ due to driving profile, vehicle load profile, auxiliary consumer usage, temperature, and ambient conditions. Consumption is based on WLTP or NEDC (whichever is indicated) best case conditions and is independently tested for BMW Group. If you are comparing this range with other models or brands make sure they are stating the same WLTP or NEDC testing regime. These results can be used to compare vehicles on a close to “like for like” basis but are unlikely to be achieved in real world conditions for reasons including temperature variation, driving conditions and the use of the auxiliary systems referred to above.

    Information provided and images displayed on this site include overseas models and may show some features not available in New Zealand. Please contact an authorised BMW dealer for specific information on vehicles and features available in New Zealand. Product changes may have been made since production of this content.

    Note: To obtain NZ CO2 figures for vehicles imported by BMW Group NZ in relation to the NZ Clean Car discount or “FeeBate” you will need to contact your preferred dealer. The Clean Car discount figures sourced from your dealer will differ from those listed in the BMW owner’s handbook and reported figures as they have been converted by the NZ government to WLTP3 from figures derived through one of the following testing procedures: WLTP4 or NEDC or Japanese JC08 mode or Japanese 10-15 mode or CAFE test cycle.

    For all vehicles not imported by BMW NZ (Used vehicle imports) you will need to contact the source market for these CO2 figures as BMW Group NZ has no access to and cannot source this CO2 data.

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