BMW 8-Series
BMW 8-Series
BMW 8-Series

2020 BMW 8-Series convertible

Pros: Robust power; refined cabin; good handling for a large car

Cons: Poor fuel economy in V8s; steep prices; limited back-seat room

CG Says: The 2020 BMW 8-Series line gains entry-level 6-cylinder models and high-performance M8s. The rear-wheel-drive 840i and all-wheel-drive 840i xDrive are powered by a 335-horsepower turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six. The M8 packs a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 that develops 600 hp in the base M8 and 617 hp in the M8 Competition. For 2019, the 8-Series nameplate returned to BMW’s model lineup after an absence of 20 years. The 8-Series coupe and convertible took the place of the departed 6-Series coupe and convertible in BMW’s model lineup.  Plus, there is an 8-Series Gran Coupe that is a 4-door sedan with a coupe-like roofline (see separate report). Besides the new 840i and M8, there is also an M850i xDrive powered by a 523-horsepower twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8. All engines are paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission and all have standard all-wheel drive—except the 840i. Both coupe and convertible seat four, although the back seat is of the “plus two” variety with little legroom. Available safety features include autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot alert, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, deployable roll bars (convertible), and surround-view camera. Other available features include a neck warmer (convertible), wireless cell-phone charging, Wi-Fi hotspot, 4-wheel steering, and park assist. The 8-Series is a large, comfortable touring machine that is also blindingly fast, with fine handling for its size. Prices are steep, but the 8-Series is a dual personality car that can waft along the boulevard or hustle down a curvy stretch of road with equal aplomb.

The Facts
Class Premium Sporty/Performance Car
Body Style(s) 2-door coupe, 2-door convertible
Passenger Count 4
Drive Wheels rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive
Manufacturer BMW
Nation of Manufacture Germany
Base Prices 840i coupe: $88,895
AWD 840i xDrive coupe: $91,705
840i convertible: $98,395
AWD 840i xDrive convertible: 101,295
AWD M850i xDrive coupe: $112,895
AWD M850i xDrive convertible: $122,395
AWD M8 coupe: $133,995
AWD M8 Competition coupe: $146,995
AWD M8 convertible: $143,495
AWD M8 Competition convertible: $156,495

Base Engine
turbocharged 3.0-liter six (840i)
Horsepower
335
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
21-23
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
27-30

Base Engine
turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 (M850i, M8)
Horsepower
523 (600 M8, 617 M8 Competition)
Std. Transmission
8-speed automatic
Avail. Transmission
NA
EPA City Range (mpg)
15-18
EPA Hwy Range (mpg)
21-25

BMW 8-Series M8 Competition
2020 BMW M8 Competition coupe
Also Consider
NHTSA Ratings
Overall - NA
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(5 is the highest rating)

Front Crash - NA
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Side Crash - NA
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Rollover - NA
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