Monday, 24 August 2020

2020 BMW 8-Series Review

 

2020 BMW 8-Series

Overview


BMW may no longer represent the pinnacle of driver engagement, but its 2020 8-series shows it can build a top-notch grand tourer. 

Available as a coupe or convertible, the big two-door Bimmer rides with a smoothness and quietness that befits its prodigious price tag. 

2020 BMW 8-Series


A pair of refined and responsive power-trains help expedite its passengers to their destination, and its well-sorted chassis provides enough agility to enthrall the driver. 

Although its sloping roof-line hinders the view out back, the interior is an expertly crafted space that can be filled with the finest features and materials. 

The 2020 BMW 8-series won't stun onlookers with its styling, but its presence undoubtedly commands respect.

2020 BMW 8-Series


What's New for 2020?


For 2020, BMW introduces the less expensive and less powerful 840i models. Available with rear- or all-wheel drive—and as a coupe or convertible—these versions use a twin-turbo inline-six that makes 335 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque and hooks up to an eight-speed automatic transmission. 

BMW also adds the handsomer 8-series Gran Coupe to the lineup, but I Will review that body style separately.

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2020 BMW 8-Series


Pricing and Which One to Buy

  •  840i coupe: $88,895
  •  840i convertible: $98,395
  •  M850i xDrive coupe: $112,895
  •  M850i xDrive convertible: $122,395

    It's hard to find the comparatively subdued 2020 8-series more desirable than the absolutely gorgeous 2020 Lexus LC. 

    However, that changes once you're behind the wheel, especially with the M850i's delightfully powerful twin-turbo V-8. As such, I'd recommend that model in convertible form. 


    2020 BMW 8-Series


    While it costs an extra $10,000, that money is well spent when its dropped top opens up the otherwise confined-feeling cabin. 

    In order to avoid matching the lofty price tag of the BMW M8, which I will review separately, I'd be smart with my selected options. 

    That means I'd only add the glass controls, neck warmer, and both driver-assistance packages that altogether cost a reasonable $3350.

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    2020 BMW 8-Series


    Engine, Transmission, and Performance


    BMW's biggest coupe and convertible start off with a 335-hp twin-turbocharged inline-six-cylinder. 

    These 840i models pair with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either rear- or all-wheel drive (called xDrive in BMW's parlance). 

    2020 BMW 8-Series


    BMW has built a reputation on silky smooth and responsive power-trains, so only speed freaks will likely be disappointed. 

    Instead, The M850i that features a 523-hp twin-turbo V-8, eight-speed automatic, and standard all-wheel drive is a combination that delivers impressive acceleration for the Bimmer's size and provides a rich soundtrack in the sportiest setting.

    2020 BMW 8-Series


    Likewise, the transmission transitions from relaxed to reactive based on the driver's right foot. 

    Most important, the 8-series delivers on its grand-touring promises, with a supremely quiet ride and surprising athleticism. 

    Its steering feedback is direct and linear but filters out road imperfections and front-tire feedback. 

    Although its adaptive dampers allow extra flexibility depending on the selected drive mode, they make the 8 remarkably stable during cornering in their stiffest setting. 

    The car's powerful brake system and firm pedal feel further enhance the feeling of absolute confidence.

    2020 BMW 8-Series


    Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG


    The more powerful M850i, which includes a twin-turbo V-8 and standard all-wheel drive, means a significant reduction in EPA fuel-economy ratings versus the turbo six-cylinder that powers 840i models. 

    The M850i is rated up to 18 mpg city and 25 highway, whereas the less powerful 8 has estimates of up to 23 mpg city and 30 highway.

    2020 BMW 8-Series


    Interior, Comfort, and Cargo


    The 2020 8-series interior offers all the infotainment gadgetry and luxury features expected in a high-priced grand tourer. 

    Every model has 14-way power-adjustable heated front seats, soft-close automatic doors, and customizable ambient lighting; more extravagant upgrades include glass control and additional high-end materials. 

    It can even be outfitted with unique BMW Individual options, such as a fancy white-and-brown color scheme. Although it does offer a pair of vestigial rear seats, they're not pleasant places for adults to spend time. 

    2020 BMW 8-Series


    The 8's low roof-line also impedes headroom in the front seat and outward visibility isn't great, but that's the price of fashion. 

    Its interior cubby storage consists of a coverable tray at the front of the center console, a useful central bin, and adequate door pockets. 

    We also managed to fit five carry-on bags in the coupe's trunk and another six with the back seats stowed, but the convertible held one bag less in each scenario.

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    2020 BMW 8-Series


    2020 BMW 8-Series

    Infotainment and Connectivity


    A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and a 10.3-inch touchscreen are standard on every 2020 8-series. 

    Unfortunately, the instrument panel is overcrowded and not particularly intuitive to operate with the steering-wheel controls. 

    2020 BMW 8-Series


    The infotainment system has a variety of ways to interact with it, including a useful rotary knob on the center console. 

    It also features standard Apple CarPlay capability, wireless charging, and a Wi-Fi hotspot—Android Auto is absent. 

    Those who want a more elaborate sound system can opt for the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround system.

    2020 BMW 8-Series

    Safety and Driver-Assistance Features


    The 2020 8-series hasn't been crash-tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 

    It does offer myriad driver-assistance technology, including a semi-autonomous driving mode. 

    Key safety features include:

    •  Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
    •  Available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology
    •  Available lane-departure warning and lane-keeping assist
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    Warranty and Maintenance Coverage


    BMW covers every 2020 8-series with a competitive limited warranty, however, it flip-flops advantages with its Lexus rival. While the LC has an extra two years or 20,000 miles of power-train protection, the 8 lineup includes an additional two years or 26,000 miles of complimentary scheduled maintenance.

    •  Limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
    •  Power-train warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
    •  Complimentary scheduled maintenance is covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles.
    • 2020 BMW 8-Series





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