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BMW 8 Series (2023): facelift for coupé and convertible

BMW is giving the four-door and two-door 8-series coupe and the convertible based on it a facelift. Striking once more: the kidney. But this time not because of the size. Rather, the coupé drives ahead with a shining trademark.

The 8 Series has been on the market as a coupé since 2018, and now the model internally called the G15 is being revised. That was clear at the latest when we caught the 8 Series camouflaged at the Nürburgring last year. In the course of the facelift, the convertible (G14) and the Gran Coupé (G16) will also be refreshed. Not too much has changed with the new models. The most exciting change is likely to be the redesigned grille that the Munich-based 8 Series is missing. In the event that one or the other conventionally tuned BMW fan gets gasping at this point: don't worry, it's not about the much-discussed giant kidney.

Illuminated radiator grille on the 8 Series

The Iconic Glow kidney variant, already known from other BMW models, adorns the front as standard. Accordingly, it now also glows in the dark from the 8 Series radiator grille. However, the lighting only highlights the newly designed kidney bars with curved U-profile when required. This is because the driver can manually switch the illumination, which is already activated when the vehicle is opened, on and off. Another upgrade compared to the predecessor are the LED headlights with variable light distribution, adaptive headlights and anti-glare high-beam assistant. In addition, the Bavarians now divide the lower side air intakes of the front apron with two subtle horizontal double cross braces instead of an expressive honeycomb grille.

M sports package as standard

The M emblem, which is now standard on the facelift models, also looks good on the front. An M Sport package is now standard on the 8 Series Coupé, 8 Series Gran Coupé and Cabrio variant. In the course of this, BMW not only treated the 8 Series to the aforementioned refreshed features at the front, but also fitted it with a newly designed rear diffuser insert in Dark Shadow metallic. The brake calipers, now painted blue, are noticeable under 19-inch M light-alloy rims with a double-spoke look. BMW is offering four new color variants for the body: Skyscraper Gray metallic, San Remo Green metallic, M Portimao Blue metallic and BMW Individual Frozen Tanzanite Blue metallic

The V8 models BMW M850i ​​xDrive Coupé, BMW M850i ​​xDrive Cabriolet and BMW M850i ​​xDrive Gran Coupés also have aerodynamically optimized M exterior mirrors for the first time. Originally these were only intended for the M8. BMW is also treating the V8 division to two new 20-inch rim models with a Y-spoke design. The extra features of the luxury sports car are also available for the six-cylinder models, but only with the optional M Sport package Pro.

Changes in the interior

The interior of the 8 Series is also slightly freshened up by BMW. The Bavarians are expanding the basic equipment of the six-cylinder models with the multifunction seats that were previously only standard in the M850i ​​xDrive – including lumbar support, memory function and the extended Merino leather upholstery, which is also available in two-tone variants. Also new: the door opener, which BMW has now electroplated together with the window regulator, door lock and memory function buttons. In addition, the infotainment display has grown from 10.25 to 12.3 inches and is optimized for the iDrive operating concept. In accordance with the standard equipment with the M sports package, every 8 Series now gets the M leather steering wheel, the anthracite-colored M roof liner, the M stainless steel pedals and specific floor mats.

Motorsport Anniversary Special

For the 50th anniversary of BMW M GmbH, the Munich-based company came up with something special - in honor of traditional racing enthusiasm. On request, the manufacturer can equip the bonnet, tailgate and hub caps with the classic BMW Motorsport logo, thereby replacing the conventional BMW emblem. The option is available for all 8 Series models.

By the way: BMW is already announcing a special edition of the 850i Gran Coupé called THE 8 X JEFF KOONS. The model designation of the 99-piece limited series reveals that the American artist Jeff Koons – in 2010 he designed the BMW M3 GT2 Art Car for the 24-hour race in Le Mans – is involved in the design. More detailed information will follow soon. Will the special 8 series be as extreme as the GT2 racer from 2010? ,

The diesel remains the same

The facelift does not include any changes in terms of the engine. There are still three variants to choose from: the spearhead of the model range is, as always, the 850i xDrive with its 4.4 liter, 390 kW/530 hp V8 engine and all-wheel drive. The 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder petrol engine in the 840i xDrive also transfers its power to all four wheels, which is estimated at 245 kW/333 hp. In the 840i, the same engine sends the power to the rear axle. The M models with a good 600 hp also received a facelift. ,

Also in the range is the variant with a 3.0 liter, 250 kW/340 hp six-cylinder diesel engine, all-wheel drive and support from 48-volt mild hybrid technology. The Bavarians will not let the 840d xDrive die. Wasn't to be expected either. As is well known, BMW development board member Frank Weber wants to continue to rely on all combustion engine variants and also develop new, significantly more economical units - both petrol and diesel engines.

The lifted 8-series models can be ordered from March 2022. BMW has increased the price for the 840i Coupé (cheapest variant) from 96,900 to 99,400 euros. The most expensive model is the M850i ​​xDrive Cabrio. The Munich-based company raised its price by 900 to 137.000 euros.

Conclusion

BMW has revised the 8 Series and given it a subtle visual and technical refresh. A futuristic shimmering radiator grille points the way to the future of the sports coupe. How does that go down with conventionally adjusted trailers of the brand? Probably significantly better than the controversial giant kidney of other models. What everyone is sure to be happy about: All 8-series models come with the M-Sport package as standard.

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