2021 BMW 8 Series

MSRP $87,900 - $90,800

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9.3

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2021 BMW 8 Series Price, Review, Ratings and Pictures

Updated on: July 12, 2021

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Nathan Dyer 

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The 2021BMW 8 Series Coupe remains almost unchanged this year, and except for a few features, this newly arrived coupe can be seen as a complete carryover of the 2020 model. The BMW 8 Series is also available as a Gran Coupe model that solves the base model’s spacing problem. This coupe is capable enough to break all the limits with its super-efficient powertrain along with a wide range of technology features and impressive optional packages.

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Pros

Comfortable long-distance tourer

Refined motor

Luxurious interior

Good cargo space

Cons

Insufficient rear seats

Compromised outward visibility

Subtle styling as compared to the competition

What's New?

Standard SiriusXM satellite radio and lane-departure warning

Added M Sport brakes to M Sport package

Removed Sonic Speed Blue paint scheme

Removed black Merino Leather upholstery


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$87900

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

drivetrain

rear wheel drive

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

transmission

8 speed Automatic

dimensions

wheelbase

111.1 in.

length

191.1 in.

width

74.9 in.

height

52.8 in.

curb weight

3933 lbs.

ground clearance

4.8 in.

capacity

passenger volume

39.9 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.8 cu ft.

payload capacity

772 lbs.

performance

zero to 60 mph

4.4 sec.

standing 1/4-mile

13.3 sec.

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

drivetrain warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr./ unlimited mi.

roadside assistance

Yes


Pictures & Videos


Trims

840i$87,900 onwards

Colors and Styles

2021 BMW 8 Series in Alpine White color
Alpine White

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Pricing and Features

9.9

Engine and Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.9

Exterior

9.9

Safety

9.9

Final Verdict

9.2

9.3

OVERALL RATING

Expert Review, Pricing Analysis and Buying Guide

9.3

Overall Rating


Coming at a base price of $ 88,000, it rivals the likes of Lexus LC 500, Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic, and Porsche 911 Carrera. All of the rivals are very potent performance vehicles, have a luxurious interior, superb exhaust notes, and are well worth their asking price. Let’s see how the 8 Series coupe stacks up against its competition.


9.0/10
Engine and Performance

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.9/10
Interior

9.9/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety

9.2/10
Final Verdict


2021 BMW 8 Series Features

BMW’s 8 Series Coupe comes in two trims, namely 840i and the 840i xDrive. The 840i xDrive is basically the 840i equipped with BMW’s xDrive AWD system and carries on all the features of the base trim. Both the trims contain a ton of comfort, luxury, and infotainment features. Some exciting features of the 8 Series Coupe include BMW Personal Assistant, BMW Live Cockpit, Digital key, and front Multifunctional sports seats. 

Trim

840i

MSRP (RWD)

$88,000

MSRP (AWD)

$90,900

Key Features

18-inch wheels

 

M Sport differential

 

Adaptive suspension

 

Adaptive LED headlights

 

Soft-close doors 

 

Power trunk

 

Heated steering wheel and armrests

 

Power-adjustable and heated front sport seats

 

10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation

 

16-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system

 

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility

 

Wireless device charging pad

To give the customers more options, BMW offers numerous packages along with the 8 Series that add to the performance like high-performance brakes, sport steering wheel, upgraded sport seats, and an aerodynamic body kit. Apart from this, there aren’t many active driver-assist features on board, but equipping the Driver Assistance Package solves the woes. 

Which trim should you buy?

If we compare the two trims with their price tag, the 840i xDrive is the one that would come out as a great choice for most of the buyers out there. The $2,000 premium justifies the performance offered by the AWD system that gives more control over the tarmac, along with all the options that the more powerful M850i offers, albeit the performance upgrades.

2021 BMW 8 Series Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The BMW 8 Series lineup represents excellent sporty performance and unmatched driving dynamics. The 8 Series Coupe is powered by a 3.0L Turbocharged Inline-6 engine that makes around 335 HP and 368 lb-ft of torque. Its power box is coupled with an 8-speed sport automatic transmission that feels quick and smooth. The 840i coupe comes with an RWD drivetrain as standard, while the 840i xDrive trim upgrades to AWD. 

Models

2021 BMW 8 Series Coupe

2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe

2021 Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic Coupe

2021 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

MSRP

$88,000

$93,050

$81,800

$99,200

Engine

3.0L Turbocharged Inline Six-Cylinder

5.0L V8

3.0L Supercharged V6

3.0L Twin-Turbo Flat-Six

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

AWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed automatic

10-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

8-speed automatic

Power

335 hp @ 5,000 RPM

471 hp @ 7,100 RPM

380 hp @ 6,500 RPM

379 hp @ 6,500 RPM

Torque

368 lb-ft @ 1,600 RPM

398 lb-ft @ 4,800 RPM

339 lb-ft @ 4,500 RPM

331 lb-ft @ 1,950 RPM

0-60 MPH (seconds)

5.0

4.4

4.9

4.2

Quarter-Mile (seconds)

13.4

13.8

13.2

12.7

The Jaguar is the least expensive here, but performance-wise, it beats the BMW and Lexus easily. The Porsche here, being the most expensive, provides the most acceleration that is normally expected from a Porsche. The BMW’s luxury focus adds more weight and thus sluggers down the acceleration. All the coupes in the competition have a six-cylinder engine except Lexus which comes with a Naturally Aspirated V8.

How well does the 2021 BMW 8 Series Coupe handle?

The 8 Series coupe feels massive to drive. The driver sits low, and there’s a big hood to take care of. Going through gaps in traffic can be quite hectic, but the surround-view cameras do help in taking care of some of the anxiety. The suspension is very soft and soaks up bumps very well, but not as well as the Lexus’ suspension. The gearbox is super smooth and shifts effortlessly without actually letting the driver know of the gearshifts. 

On the highway, the Bimmer manages to mask its weight well and provide a very dynamic experience with a sharp steering response and a rev-happy engine not holding back its power. The cabin is a very quiet place to be in, and the soft interiors make the drive a breeze. Aiding the sharp dynamics is the rear-wheel steering that makes the car very settled on the twisty roads. 

Braking Performance

This 2021 BMW 8 Series Coupe comes with big ceramic brakes as standard, but one can opt for the 6-piston M-sport brakes that are much better through the M Sport package that costs you around $4,550 and has a lot of other exterior enhancing features with it. It covers around 108 feet to come to a complete stop from 60 MPH, which is very good, and it falls under a safe range. Apart from that, various braking features including the electronic ones are also included in this coupe to assist you in specific conditions.

Models

2021 BMW 8 Series Coupe

2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe

2021 Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic Coupe

2021 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

Brake Rotors: Front (inches)

N/A

15.7

14.0

13.0

Brake Rotors: Rear (inches)

N/A

14.1

12.8

13.0

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,933

4,340

3,640

3,354

60-0 MPH (feet)

108

105

111

95

The actual rotors size of the 8 Series Coupe are not available, but in this comparison, Porsche Carerra being the lightest coupe comes to a complete stop from 60-0 within 95 feet only, making it the best coupe in terms of braking performance. When it comes to the curb weight, Lexus is the heaviest and it still takes less distance than BMW for achieving the same feat.

2021 BMW 8 Series Fuel Economy

7.0/10

The 2021 BMW 8 Series Coupe surprisingly doesn’t thirst for gas that much as its counterparts. It can provide you with the best output with the least consumption of fuel. In city conditions, it can last for at least 23 miles, whereas on highways, the number increases by 7 miles more. Having a decent fuel tank size that can store up to 18.5 gallons of fuel, the coupe can give you up to 450 miles of combined range, which is exceptional and hard to find in this class.

Models

2021 BMW 8 Series Coupe

2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe

2021 Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic Coupe

2021 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

MPG (City)

23

16

17

18

MPG (Highway)

30

25

27

24

MPG (Combined)

25

19

22

20

Fuel Tank Capacity (Gallons)

18.0

21.7

18.5

16.9

Range (City/Highway/Combined; Miles)

414/540/450

347/543/412

315/500/407

304/406/338

The fuel economy of the BMW remained unbeaten in this comparison. With a combined range of 25 miles, it gives you the best range possible in every condition. The Jaguar F-Type along with Lexus LC 500 stays below the 8 Series by a huge gap, and the Porsche Carerra only provides 20 miles in a combined cycle. Although the Lexus LC 500 has the biggest fuel tank here, it still cannot beat the 8 Series Coupe in range.

2021 BMW 8 Series Interior

9.9/10

The interior of the 2021 BMW 8 Series Coupe is as beautiful and sleek as its exterior. Its cabin is well-dressed by premium quality soft-to-touch materials. The dashboard is quite a bit tilted towards the driver, making it easy for him/her to go through that center console easily without the need for much focus. The availability of space is very likely to haunt the buyers opting for a coupe, but it has maintained a good amount of space, and it is by far the best in this class. The seats are very supportive and come with a 12-way adjustable driver and front passenger seat that comes with heating, memory setting, and power reclining option. 

The seats, steering wheel, and dashboard are blessed with premium leather material wrapping. The steering wheel also comes with a heating feature, and multiple functional buttons are also mounted on it for better handling. The rear seating of this coupe is again spacious, but the legroom may feel tight for adults, and that is a major drawback. The cargo space of this coupe is the best in its class with almost 14.8 cubic feet of space. To make the interiors better, one can opt for the Merino Leather Extended package that costs around $1,500. Another package namely the Comfort Seating package adds ventilated multi-function seats in the front row, and it costs around $1,050.

Models

2021 BMW 8 Series Coupe

2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe

2021 Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic Coupe

2021 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

Seating Capacity

4

4

2

4

Front Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

38.9/57.2/42.1

37.2/56.5/42.0

37.0/56.5/43.0

N/A

Second Row (Headroom/Shoulder Room/Legroom; inches)

33.6/46.9/29.5

32.2/48.9/32.5

N/A

N/A

Cargo Capacity (cubic feet)

14.8

5.4

14.4

4.6

The 8 Series here looks the most spacious undoubtedly, and it also can seat 4 passengers in its cabin along with all the other rivals except for F-Type which is a two-seater coupe. The cargo space of the 8 Series Coupe is also the biggest here, which is just followed by F-Type. The LC 500 along with Carrera has a very small cargo space here. Some of the standout interior features are:

  • Soft-close doors 
  • Power-adjustable and heated front sport seats
  • Heated steering wheel and armrests
  • Head-up display
  • Wireless device charging pad
  • Digital gauge cluster
  • Ventilated front seats

What’s there to keep you entertained?

BMW equips the 8 Series Coupe with a 10.25-inch touchscreen that has in-built navigation and is powered by BMW’s iDrive system. The iDrive system helps a ton when it comes to offering a seamless infotainment experience that uses Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for smartphone integration while also using Bluetooth for instant connectivity for streaming music or hands-free controls via voice commands. 

The system comes paired with a 16-speaker Harman Kardon premium audio system that is the go-to choice for people who like exquisite vocal equalization and a rich bass experience. The system also comes equipped with AM/FM/SiriusXM as standard as far as radio is concerned. Some of the highlights of the infotainment system are as follows:

  • 10.25-inch touchscreen
  • 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system
  • Bluetooth 
  • Apple Carplay & Android Auto
  • Satellite XM radio
  • Navigation

2021 BMW 8 Series Exterior

9.9/10

The exterior of the 2021 BMW 8 Series Coupe is pretty much attractive, and it has all the characteristics to make any buyer fall for its looks. The steep roofline overall gives it an aggressive sport-oriented design, and the signature style grille enhances the persona of the car. As standard, it has features like 18.0-inch wheels and a panoramic power sunroof. One can also opt for the M Sport Upgrade package at $4,550 that adds a lot to the exterior part, making it much better than before. By opting for this package, you get features like 19.0-inch wheels, upgraded brake rotors with blue calipers, and shadow line exterior trim. 

Models

2021 BMW 8 Series Coupe

2021 Lexus LC 500 Coupe

2021 Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic Coupe

2021 Porsche 911 Carrera Coupe

Curb Weight (lbs)

3,933

4,340

3,640

3,354

Length (inches)

191.1

187.4

176.0

177.9

Width (inches)

74.9

75.6

74.2

72.9

Height (inches)

52.8

53.0

51.6

51.1

Ground Clearance (inches)

4.8

5.2

3.9

4.7

Wheelbase (inches)

111.1

113.0

103.2

96.5

The wheelbase of Jaguar & Carrera is very short in comparison to the other two rivals here, which might also justify the small cargo area. The LC 500 is the heaviest in this comparison, followed by BMW which actually helps the cars in carrying all their luxury and also aids in stability as well. When comparing the ground clearance, Porsche stands lowest at 3.9 inches. That being said, some of the standout exterior features are as follows:

  • Turn signal indicator mirrors
  • Power open and close trunk
  • 18-inch V-spoke alloy wheels
  • Dual-Chrome tip exhausts
  • LED Headlamps
  • 18-inch V-spoke alloy wheels

2021 BMW 8 Series Safety

9.9/10

BMW has a wide range of standard as well as advanced safety technology, and it has arguably the most features than any other in its class. Although they removed the night vision and pedestrian detection this year which was not needed, it is still one of the safest cars out there. And looking at the brand’s performance on average, we can say that it will pass the crash tests with flying colors and prove its quality. With the number of standard features and the inclusion of a top-notch crash prevention system, some of the standout safety features are as follows:

  • Automatic emergency braking
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Automatic city collision mitigation braking
  • Daytime pedestrian detection
  • Lane tracing assist
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Automatic high-beam headlights
  • Blind-spot monitoring system

2021 BMW 8 Series Competition

2021 BMW 8 Series Coupe vs 2021 Lexus LC 500

The 8 Series Coupe is priced very fairly compared to the LC 500 that comes with a V8 engine. It performs better than LC 500 in almost all the classes except a few like the 0-60 MPH completion timing and rear legroom. But considering its price, the 8 Series Coupe brings in a subtle exterior and a striking color scheme to make it an eye-candy for many.

2021 BMW 8 Series Coupe vs 2021 Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic

The Jaguar F-Type R-Dynamic comes equipped with a V6 engine that accelerates much faster than the 8 Series Coupe, but the BMW completely nails the fuel economy. The engine might not be the brawniest of all, but it does manage to have a very rapid pace to make the driver happy. The Jaguar has a very striking look, but seeing the BMW’s premiumness, it does look rather boyish. 

2021 BMW 8 Series Coupe vs 2021 Porsche 911 Carerra

The Porsche 911 Carrera nearly touches the $100,000 price bracket, and for that price, it brings a very performance-paced experience in terms of power, acceleration, and driving dynamics. Apart from these parameters, the 911 Carrera is pretty much an all-out sports car with a decently luxurious interior, giving the Bimmer a clear victory in terms of poshness. 

2021 BMW 8 Series Final Verdict

9.2/10

The 2021 BMW 8 Series Coupe is a perfect image of how the modern 8 Series should be like, carrying on the legacy of the oldie by being the most comfortable one out there. Apart from the comfort, the driving dynamics remain sharp, and the car is very well-settled on the tarmac. The interior is top-notch and reeks of quality, while the styling is sexy. All in all, the 2021 8 Series Coupe is more than a decent option in the segment.