2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible

MSRP range: $97,400 - $121,400
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2020 BMW 8 Series Review

  • Both available engines offer ample performance
  • Comfortable for long-distance cruising
  • More cargo room than you might expect
  • Luxurious and refined interior
  • Rear seats aren't of much use
  • Styling reduces outward visibility
  • Six-cylinder 840i added to the lineup
  • Android Auto compatibility coming later in the model year
  • Part of the second 8 Series generation introduced for 2019

Introduced last year, the BMW 8 Series immediately won us over with its richly detailed cabin, serene ride and spacious accommodations. But its driving dynamics truly floored us. The 8 Series handles better than a vehicle this size ought to, and its twin-turbo V8 pumps out an unyielding amount of thrust. Now, for 2020, BMW has put another engine option under the hood: a turbocharged six-cylinder.

Big luxury sport coupes like the 8 Series just beg for a V8, but there is hope for this new six-cylinder 840i version. We've tested this engine in a bunch of other BMW products, and each time we've come away pleased with its silky smooth power delivery and high fuel economy. The 840i won't offer the pin-you-to-your-seat acceleration of the V8-powered M850i, but BMW says the coupe manages a 4.4-second 0-60 mph time when you opt for all-wheel drive. If these times bear out, the 8 Series would be a bit quicker than some of its V8-powered competition.

With an as-new starting price well under the six-figure mark, the 8 Series now appeals to a wider set of buyers. In its less expensive guise, the 840i provides a more luxurious experience for shoppers who previously would have considered sports cars such as the Porsche 718 Cayman and BMW Z4. The more powerful M850i, meanwhile, offers an ideal grand-touring car experience at a lower price point than rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and Aston Martin Vantage.

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It may have lots of sports-car-like characteristics, but the 8 Series is truly a grand tourer at heart. The base 8 Series Convertible, the 840i, excels at long highway journeys with its well-constructed interior and sublimely comfortable ride. It'll entertain you on a curvy back road and keep up with the competition when you leave a set of stoplights, but this Bimmer simply excels at long-distance comfort.
With the base six-cylinder engine, the 840i has more than adequate power and the eight-speed automatic transmission delivers smooth, lightning-fast shifts. At our test track, this big, heavy convertible made it from 0 to 60 mph in 4.8 seconds, which is no small feat. Dynamic back-road driving from this big grand tourer is impressive too, with relatively flat cornering and impressive braking performance.

There are a few drawbacks to the base 8 Series Convertible, including heavy but vague steering, poor throttle calibration at slow speeds, and a lack of braking feel. Overall, those are small gripes when you consider the aptitude of this long, weighty convertible.
The ride quality in the 840i is excellent. The adaptive suspension soaks up almost all road imperfections, and even in Sport mode, it's still smooth sailing. Combine that with one of the quietest cabins in its class, and the 840i begs to be taken on a long road trip. The optional seat comfort package adds front seats that can adjust seat depth, width of bolsters, and lumbar support, all of which make for a very comfortable place to sit for hours on end. The rear seats are a bit less comfortable, but they're adequate for small children — which is expected in this class.

The buttons used for the climate control are a bit confusing at first, but the air conditioning and heated seats work extremely well. The ventilated seats are less impressive, losing effectiveness over a short period of time.
The cabin's look and feel are impressive. The primary controls are well placed and require little attention to operate. But with practice, some users might prefer the available gesture controls. Thanks to ample shoulder room, you won't bump your passenger as you swipe to change songs. But there's little room in the back for anyone other than small children. The seats are essentially two nicely upholstered luggage buckets.

The front seats are highly adjustable, so there's no issue finding an ideal position. Visibility is slightly compromised due to the thick pillars, but the standard blind-spot monitoring and surround-view camera system help. Overall, none of these drawbacks are unusual for this class.
The standard audio system is powerful and clear enough that you don't need to bother with the optional (and pricey) Bowers & Wilkins upgrade. Even if you're willing to shell out the extra cash, it doesn't provide excellent sound quality. The infotainment system features a crisp, responsive screen and easy-to-navigate menus. Alternatively, you can use voice controls if you don't want to fiddle with the iDrive controller. The system is quite accurate, but it can be slow to respond because it is cloud-based.

All advanced driving aids work well but some are reasonably priced options. Wireless Apple CarPlay is standard, and BMW says Android Auto capability will — finally — come standard later in the year.
It can be tough to criticize the trunk space in a convertible, but the 840i is neither small nor inexpensive. As such, we expected a bit more efficient use of space. With the top up, the trunk offers a decent capacity of 12.4 cubic feet. That puts it well ahead of a 911 Cabriolet (4.6 cubic feet) and the Lexus LC 500 convertible (3.4 cubic feet).

But all that capacity vanishes if you'd like to put the top down as you need to deploy a trunk divider, which essentially leaves space for two half-full grocery bags. The rear seats do fold for longer items (assuming the top is up), but the opening is quite narrow.

It's much better on the inside, and front passengers will find ample room for their personal effects, especially in the long, padded door pockets. The rear seats do have anchors for car seats, but they're better used for holding bags and jackets.
Fuel economy with the base six-cylinder engine in the 8 Series, at an EPA estimate of 25 mpg combined, is better than average for the class. During our 120-mile evaluation loop, we returned 23.4 mpg. That's a bit disappointing considering our highway-heavy route.
When you're shopping for a six-figure convertible, you're bound to have high expectations, and the 8 Series delivers. It has premium build quality, along with excellent interior materials. But we would avoid the optional glass controls and a few other price packages, such as the $3,400 sound system and the $5,000 matte paint job on our test car, to bring the cost down.

BMW's four-year/50,000-mile warranty is average for the class, as is its rust warranty for 12 years/unlimited miles. Three years of free maintenance is a bit less common, however, and it helps the 8 Series' score here.
At its heart, the 8 Series Convertible is a road-trip kind of vehicle. It's quiet as a mouse on the highway and comfortable over any surface. And when the roads get twisty, you can still have quite a bit of fun behind the wheel. This convertible also has plenty of get-up-and-go. Looks are subjective, but the 8 Series feels pretty stately whether you're staring at it in a parking spot or cruising down the coast.

Which 8 Series does Edmunds recommend?

There's nothing wrong with the 840i per se, but the 8 Series really shines with more power. That's why we'd go with the M850i xDrive, even though it costs quite a bit more. The 8 Series is a properly luxurious grand tourer and should have an engine to match. As for options, the Driving Assistance Professional package doesn't cost much money and makes highway cruising easier.

BMW 8 Series models

The 2020 BMW 8 Series is offered in three trims: 840i, 840i xDrive and M850i xDrive. All are available in either a coupe or convertible body style. (There's also a four-door 8 Series Gran Coupe, which is reviewed separately.)

The 840i models are powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six (335 horsepower, 368 lb-ft of torque). The standard 840i is rear-wheel-drive, while the xDrives are all-wheel-drive. The M850i's turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 (523 hp, 553 lb-ft) sends power to all four wheels. An eight-speed automatic is standard across the board.

Standard feature highlights on the 840i include adaptive dampers, a power trunklid, soft-close doors, and forward collision warning with automatic emergency braking. The convertible adds a power-folding cloth top, and all-wheel-drive models add all-wheel steering (optional for the rear-drive 840i).

Inside, you get a head-up display, leather upholstery, heated front seats, a heated steering wheel, interior ambient lighting, Apple CarPlay, a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a navigation system and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

In addition to the more powerful engine, the M850i adds 20-inch wheels, upgraded brakes, an aerodynamic body kit, a sportier suspension tune, an M Sport differential, and upgraded sport seats with ventilation.

BMW's options packages for the 8 Series primarily consist of advanced driver safety features. The two main ones are the Driving Assistance package (parking sensors, a 360-degree parking camera, lane keeping assist and an automated parking system) and the Driving Assistance Professional package (adaptive cruise control and added semi-automated driving assist functionality). The coupe is also eligible for the Cooling and High Performance Tire package (upgraded engine cooling and tires for high-performance applications).

Other notable options include a carbon-fiber roof, a gear selector and select controls in faceted glass, and a Bowers & Wilkins premium audio system.

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    [MUSIC PLAYING] ALISTAIR WEAVER: Meet the eighth wonder of the 911 world. Codename 992, this, the latest generation of the Porsche 911 Carrera S, has just landed in the US so we thought we'd pitch it straight into battle with its most obvious rival. MARK TAKAHASHI: That Porsche 911 is a special grand touring car, no doubt. But it has a new challenger with an old name. This is the BMW 8 Series, and it has a lot of the same style and refinement. And at least on paper, for performance, it's its most direct competitor. ALISTAIR WEAVER: We'll drive them on the road, on the track, and yes, we'll even drag race them. Then we'll argue about which one is best. But before all of that, please subscribe to the Edmunds YouTube channel, and head to Edmunds.com for a great deal and all your car shopping needs. Over the past 20 or 30 years, Porsche has really worked hard to broaden the appeal of the 911. If you want a hardcore, track-focused version, you can still choose the GT3 or the GT2, but the entry-level Carrera and this, the Carrera S, are really everyday sports cars. This latest interior is much improved. The quality's superb, and all the latest infotainment gadgets are focused on this large touchscreen. The driving position's great. The seats are supported but cossetting. And while the ride quality's not quite as good as a luxury sedan or SUV, this would be a brilliant, long-distance car, something to go coast-to-coast. It's what, in the olden days, people would call a GT, a grand tourer. MARK TAKAHASHI: For a starting price of $115,000, that Carrera S better be special. This 850-- it starts just about $2,000 less, but it has a huge advantage when it comes to standard features. You get way more with this car. Not just all wheel drive, all wheel steering, and adaptive dampers, but a lot of convenience and advanced safety features that, quite frankly, should be standard on that 911. Overall, the big difference between these two cars is this is more comfortable and practical than the 911. ALISTAIR WEAVER: No one does evolution quite like Porsche. This, the eighth generation of the 911, is instantly familiar. There's the classic silhouette and those voluptuous hips, but look a little closer and you see some exquisite new detailing. These headlights, for example, are haute couture. And have a look at this. Now, this is a little bit geeky, but I love the fact that the badge is now recessed into the hood. Yeah, just imagine how expensive that is to manufacture. Take a walk down the flanks, press the key, and the door handles now pop out to meet you. Arguably, the biggest change, though, is here at the back. Like every new Porsche, the latest generation of 911 has a red strip on every variant, and the exhausts now protrude from the rear bumper. Hiding under here is the now-familiar 3-liter twin turbo flat 6 that was found in the old 911, except that it's been redeveloped to offer an extra 23 horsepower. So that's 443 horsepower in total. Now, I know this is entirely subjective, and the 992 is beautifully executed, but overall, I'm not sure I didn't prefer the look of the old 991. MARK TAKAHASHI: Alistair makes some great points on the 911, but that silhouette, for me? It's actually getting a little too familiar. It's not turning heads the way 911s used to, and certainly isn't turning heads the way the 850 is. The 850 follows my favorite formula for touring coupe, and that's a long hood up front with a big stonking V8 underneath. It's a lot of great surface treatments throughout the entire car. I love the double-bubble roof and all of these sharp creases and coved-out surfaces. They lighten that visual weight. This graceful roofline tapers down to the stubby, but not tiny, trunk. It has 14.8 cubic feet of cargo space. That's almost triple what the 911 has. And the-- ALISTAIR WEAVER: Blah, blah, blah, blah. If you want luggage capacity, frankly, buy an SUV. And to my eyes, it still looks like a $120,000 German Camaro. MARK TAKAHASHI: Oh, ouch. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Anyway, should we hit the track? MARK TAKAHASHI: Sure. Let's see what your Sport Beetle can do. [MUSIC PLAYING] ALISTAIR WEAVER: So before we get out to the circuit and find out how well these cars go around corners, we thought we'd have an old fashioned drag race. It's a classic battle-- front engine V8, all-wheel drive versus rear engine, flat 6, rear-wheel drive. Mark has an extra 80 horsepower, but of course, he has a power-to-weight disadvantage. And so does his car. MARK TAKAHASHI: I live my life 1,320 feet at a time. I am Groot. [ENGINES REVVING] ALISTAIR WEAVER: [YELLING] MARK TAKAHASHI: Oh, no. No. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Ha. Easy. MARK TAKAHASHI: Boo. ALISTAIR WEAVER: One mil. One mil to the empire. This really came as no surprise, as when we tested these cars of the Edmunds Test Track, the 911 had a half-second advantage in the quarter-mile. But straight line speed doesn't necessarily mean it's a better sports car. MARK TAKAHASHI: Let us go. Impress me. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Impress you. It is amazing jumping onto the circuit. We've talked a lot at the top of the show and off-camera about how the 911 is turning into a GT, and you need a GT3 if you want to be a real hardcore enthusiast. Then you get out on a circuit like this and stick it into Sport Plus mode, and it just comes alive. It's just wonderful. It's so agile, so precise. MARK TAKAHASHI: It's so much more fun to drive, and it seems more at home being tossed around like this. ALISTAIR WEAVER: It's strange, because on the road, I was really disappointed by the sound of this engine, certainly compared to the naturally-aspirated 911s of old. But now on the track, it does kind of sound good, doesn't it? MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah. It sounds a lot better when you can really wind it up, like we are right now. But in the city, I was as disappointed as I was with the 718 Boxster and Cayman. It just didn't sound good. It didn't encourage you to drive it hard. But you're right, it's singing just fine right here. ALISTAIR WEAVER: It's interesting. The last time I was on the streets of Willow Circuit, I was actually in a 911 GT3. And I'm not going to pretend that this is as exciting as that car, which really is track-focused. But it's still mighty good. You don't need a 911 GT3 to have a fun track day car. And of course, this is so much more usable on the road. It's amazing how, once you put it into Sport Plus setting, once you start to lean on it, how it manages to change character, and how much that kind of essence of what a Porsche is all about is maintained. And I don't want to kind of wax lyrical and make this sound like a puff piece, but it's pretty good. I think above all else, what makes this car for me is just the steering. I remember when Porsche first introduced electric power steering, and all the traditionalists, me included, were horrified that the last minutia of steering feel had gone. But I think they did an amazing job in the time between then and now of improving this system. And this is still the best steering on any road car on sale today. I love it. MARK TAKAHASHI: This latest redesign for the 992 did a lot, interior-wise. It cleaned it up, but I'm almost thinking they cleaned it up too much because we used to complain there are too many buttons, and now I'm saying, there aren't enough buttons. ALISTAIR WEAVER: I agree. It's all our fault. The one thing about the touchscreen-- everything now is focused on this screen. But you have to be pretty precise. And if you're on a slightly bumpy road, I found myself kind of a bit all over the place. MARK TAKAHASHI: And the buttons are a little on the small side, and you have to give it a pretty decent poke to get it to actually respond. ALISTAIR WEAVER: So there's a few odd things in here. This sort of piano-black plastic in the middle-- I've been prodding it for the last few days expecting it to be a button, and there's nothing behind it. And all you get is these kind of greasy finger marks. MARK TAKAHASHI: I also feel like it's wasted potential. They could have put a little storage there, a couple slots, a pocket or something for your personal effects, which is a little lacking in this car. And there's some usability, some functionality problems I have with it, as well. ALISTAIR WEAVER: If you have it in the navigation setting, a lot of the map is actually obscured by the steering wheel and the clock, and the temperature gauge is obscured by the other side of the steering wheel. So it's far from perfect. But one detail I love, though, is this central rev counter, which has been a hallmark of every 911. And they've gone for a real retro feel. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah. It certainly has that aesthetic of a nice fine expensive wristwatch. ALISTAIR WEAVER: This car, above all else, feels like a luxury good, which given that, in this specification, it costs nearly $140,000, then it kind of needs to. MARK TAKAHASHI: But that's it. That's it right there-- that noise, and the feeling of being kind of shuffled around a little bit, taking each turn. That's what every 911 should feel like. ALISTAIR WEAVER: I am surprised at how different it feels. When you get out of the BMW, which let's face it, might not be the M8, but it's still an M850. So I expected a greater sharpness to it. And yet, the difference is absolutely colossal. They don't feel like rivals anymore out here. They feel like cars built for entirely different purposes. And that's a bit of a surprise how different they feel. I expected this not to feel as good on the circuit, and I expected the BMW to feel better. MARK TAKAHASHI: Really? I'm intrigued, because I mean, it's fairly well-known you're a Porsche-phile. ALISTAIR WEAVER: [LAUGHS] MARK TAKAHASHI: This 911 is instantly easy to drive. You know what to expect. There isn't a lot of getting to know you, as I had to do with the 8 series. ALISTAIR WEAVER: I think that's fair. I think no rear-engined 443-horsepower sports cars has any right to be this easy to drive. And of course, as we have been, you can turn all the gadgets off and start to slide it around, and then you can make it oversteer. And you have to provoke it pretty hard these days, but you can still make it dance if you want to. [MUSIC PLAYING] So Mark, we just jumped out of the 911. I think both of us were hugely impressed by that on the track. This feels, even from the passenger seat, very different. MARK TAKAHASHI: I think it feels different from every seat, actually. It's an 1,100-pound difference between the two cars, and even though this has an 80-horsepower advantage, it's all given back. You really feel that weight transfer back and forth in a way that you don't in the 911. The 911 is so much tidier and happier on track than this. ALISTAIR WEAVER: I was amazed at just how different this felt, at how much bigger and heavier it feels. The 911 almost shrinks around you on the circuit. This feels like it grows. And I think a lot of that is not just the mass, but also the steering. This gives you so little feedback, compared to the Porsche, on what's going on. And I think that's been a criticism of a lot of recent BMWs. MARK TAKAHASHI: It's funny that we don't have any steering feel in this because it is really important. Especially in this car with all that weight in the nose, I want to feel when we're starting to wash out those front tire patches. But it is still very competent. As soon as they start washing away, we get a little more traction from the all-wheel drive system. But the 911 is simply a better track car. ALISTAIR WEAVER: And I think for a car with an M badge-- I know it's not the M8. We're driving that shortly-- I kind of still expect a little bit more. And it's frustrating, in a way, because you feel that there's actually a really good chassis and a good setup. And it's just the tactile bits-- the throttle response, the steering feel, even the brake feel, as well-- it just doesn't feel as harmonious as the Porsche. MARK TAKAHASHI: It's a little softer. It's a little sloppier. ALISTAIR WEAVER: A lot sloppier. MARK TAKAHASHI: I wouldn't say a lot. Come on. ALISTAIR WEAVER: It just feels like a big, blunt instrument in the way that the Porsche is this kind of finely-crafted scalpel. And at the beginning of this film, and off-camera, as well, we've been talking about how the 911's become this GT, this grand tourer. It's got bigger. It's got heavier. But when you come to the circuit and really push them, then there's still a world of difference between the 911 and pretty much anything else in this market. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah. They've certainly had a few decades to fine-tune it. ALISTAIR WEAVER: You sort of muscled this around the circuit in a way that the 911 is all about finesse and fingertip control. MARK TAKAHASHI: And that might be one of the reasons why I also like it. I like Mustangs. I like big, beefy V8s that you kind of have to work to get. ALISTAIR WEAVER: It is. I just wish it gave me a little bit more feedback. So I don't mind muscling it, but I kind of want to know what the car's doing. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah, and I'm holding out hope for that M8, that maybe that will be the sharper, rougher one. I think they gave themselves that room to improve. ALISTAIR WEAVER: One thing I will say is, when I originally saw this car, I wasn't super impressed by the interior. But now, driving it out in the real world, I kind of like it. MARK TAKAHASHI: It's certainly more practical than the Porsche, in a number of ways. They've got their infotainment system dialed in really well. It's the right reach for me. It's the right size screen. I like it is in my sight lines. But everything else-- placed kind of right where I want them, mostly in interior storage. I actually have a little pad for my phone, as well as a center armrest bin and bigger pockets, which I think is actually important for a grand touring car. ALISTAIR WEAVER: The other thing that I like, actually, is although this screen in the center here is touch sensitive, you've also got this rotary control knob down here. Maybe we're just getting old, but I actually like the idea of having a kind of rotary node that's easier to control and a little bit more precise than prodding. And it helps my OCD, as well. MARK TAKAHASHI: Well, one thing about that dial is it allows you to operate the system without being nearly as distracted because when you're using a touchscreen, you actually have to look at the screen and navigate towards where you want it, versus this, which has little detentes, so you just kind of move it from hot spot to hot spot. ALISTAIR WEAVER: It also has a proper gear stick. MARK TAKAHASHI: Yes. ALISTAIR WEAVER: None of that sort of little-- MARK TAKAHASHI: It looks like a little electric shaver. There's one area where I can see the 911 has an advantage, and that's visibility. It's a nearly unimpeded view outward, mostly because that front roof pillar is thinner. I'm having to bob back and forth with the sharp left turns on this track that I don't have to do in the 911. And that's also true when you want to look off to the sides and in the back. ALISTAIR WEAVER: I know this car has a lot bigger trunk than the 911. We can absolutely agree on that. But those rear seats are still pretty much useless. MARK TAKAHASHI: But maybe they're a little more accommodating than a 911? There's only one way to find out. Alastair, I believe the sensation I'm feeling right now is regret. Yeah, it's not meant for-- oh, dear. It's not meant for adults back here. It's meant for children. ALISTAIR WEAVER: This is quite a nice little sequence of corners, actually. You take it in on the brakes, just use the inertia of the car. MARK TAKAHASHI: I make poor life decisions. What's our safe word? Sea cucumber. Sea cucumber. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Sea cucumber? MARK TAKAHASHI: That's my safe word. You know too much about me now. ALISTAIR WEAVER: Have you had enough, Mark? MARK TAKAHASHI: Yeah, I'm done. [MUSIC PLAYING] When we started out this morning, we thought it was going to be a really close battle. But as the day wore on, the gap has widened. ALISTAIR WEAVER: It has, and to be honest, we've been surprised just how different these two cars really are. Despite the M for motorsport in the M850i, this is really a luxury sporting sedan in a pretty coupe body. MARK TAKAHASHI: Which is one of the reasons we both agree that after a long day at the track, it's our choice to get us home because it's just a little bit more comfortable. ALISTAIR WEAVER: But if you want something that's really going to engage you, going to excite you, going to put a smile on your face, if you want a real sports car, then the only choice is the 911. Porsche's done a great job with this eighth generation. It's even easier to live with on a daily basis. The new interior, for example, is much improved. But underneath, it's still a 911. And out here on the circuit, it just felt fabulous. Our top-rated sports coupe just got a little bit better. MARK TAKAHASHI: Let us know what you think in the comments below. Hit subscribe. And for more information on the Porsche, the BMW, and all of its competition, head on over to Edmunds.com. ALISTAIR WEAVER: That's Edmunds-- MARK TAKAHASHI: Dot-- ALISTAIR WEAVER: Com. [MUSIC PLAYING]

    2019 BMW 8 Series vs. 2020 Porsche 911 -- Battle of the Grand Tourers

    NOTE: This video is about the 2019 BMW 8 Series, but since the 2020 BMW 8 Series is part of the same generation, our earlier analysis still applies.


    Features & Specs

    Base MSRP
    $97,400
    MPG & Fuel
    22 City / 29 Hwy / 24 Combined
    Fuel Tank Capacity: 18.0 gal. capacity
    Seating
    4 seats
    Drivetrain
    Type: rear wheel drive
    Transmission: 8-speed shiftable automatic
    Engine
    Inline 6 cylinder
    Horsepower: 335 hp @ 5000 rpm
    Torque: 368 lb-ft @ 1600 rpm
    Basic Warranty
    4 yr./ 50000 mi.
    Dimensions
    Length: 191.1 in. / Height: 52.7 in. / Width: 74.9 in.
    Curb Weight: 4211 lbs.
    Cargo Capacity, All Seats In Place: 12.4 cu.ft.

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    Safety

    Our experts’ favorite 8 Series safety features:

    Frontal Collision Warning
    Alerts the driver if a front collision is imminent. The system applies the brakes if the driver doesn't respond in time.
    Lane Departure Warning
    Alerts the driver if the vehicle begins to wander out of its marked lanes.
    Active Guard
    Detects an imminent collision and then pre-tensions seat belts, closes the windows, and keeps the brakes applied to prevent a secondary collision.


    BMW 8 Series vs. the competition

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    2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

    2019 Mercedes-Benz S-Class

    BMW 8 Series vs. Mercedes-Benz S-Class

    One of the 8 Series' primary competitors is the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. The S-Class is truly a remarkable vehicle, with an opulent interior, exotic features and sublime driving experience. The S-Class is not as sporty as the 8 Series, and the V8-only lineup means it's not as affordable either.

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    BMW 8 Series vs. Lexus LC 500

    With futuristic styling, a cushy ride and a sonorous V8, the Lexus LC 500 is a serious contender in the luxury coupe category. We're also enchanted by the driver-centric interior design; the "floating" door handles are a particular favorite. The only significant drawback is the frustrating-to-use interface for the infotainment system.

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    BMW 8 Series vs. Porsche 911

    The Porsche 911 has been the sports-car gold standard for decades, and that remains true for its 2020 redesign. The cabin makes a strong impression thanks to its emphasis on technology, practicality and luxury. Driving dynamics are as good as ever, and even the base engine offers fantastic performance. It's sportier than the 8 Series but not as luxurious or comfortable.

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    2020 BMW 8 Series First Impressions

    What is it?

    The 2020 BMW 840i fills in the lower end of the revived 8 Series lineup, which debuted last year with the high-performance, V8-powered M850i model.

    Like the M850i, the 840i is available as a two-door coupe or convertible. Both offer a gentler entry into 8 Series ownership with a turbocharged six-cylinder engine (335 horsepower, 368 lb-ft of torque) and a sub-six-figure price.

    BMW says the 840i will dash from 0 to 60 mph in 4.7 seconds, while the all-wheel-drive 840i xDrive shaves a few tenths from that at 4.4 seconds. Convertible models basically split the difference.

    The inline-six engine pairs with an eight-speed automatic transmission that can network with the navigation system to anticipate traffic and road conditions, such as downshifting when approaching an intersection or holding gears through a twisty section of road.

    Both models come with an adaptive suspension and an electronically locking rear differential. All-wheel-drive models send all engine torque to the rear wheels when all-wheel traction isn't needed, preserving BMW's classic big-coupe, rear-wheel-drive feel.

    What features does it have?

    Standard interior features include a Harman Kardon surround-sound system, wireless device charging and BMW's Live Cockpit, which combines a 12-inch customizable gauge cluster behind the steering wheel with a 10-inch touchscreen center console display. BMW's iDrive controller is still present and offers haptic feedback when selecting functions and commands, while driver aids include front collision warning and automatic emergency braking.

    There are, of course, plenty of options to further empty your wallet and thus negate the 840i's lower price of entry. Music aficionados can opt for the 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins audio system upgrade, while handling enthusiasts may enjoy rear-wheel steering for making tighter lines through winding roads. Harried commuters will appreciate stop-and-go adaptive cruise control and the Traffic Jam Assistant, which adds active steering for a semi-automated driving experience.

    Buyers opting for the convertible models may consider optional neck warmers, which should go to work within the 15 seconds it takes the fabric soft top to raise or lower.

    2020 BMW 8 Series - Front 3/4
    2020 BMW 8 Series
    Why does it matter?

    The 840i and 840i xDrive, with a more affordable price and less aggressive performance, open the 8 Series to a different buyer. If you want a big BMW touring coupe or drop-top but don't need big V8 power, the 840i fits the bill.

    What does it compete with?

    The 8 Series' diminutive rear seat is more conceptual exercise than anything useful, so it's a bit less of a competitor to large luxury coupes such as the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. Instead, the 8 Series acts more as an alternative to several sporty luxury coupes.

    Now that the price starts under $100,000, the 8 Series matches more directly with starting prices for the Porsche 911. Pricewise, the 2020 840i also stacks up against the Lexus LC 500 and mid- to higher-trim Jaguar F-Type models. Dollar for dollar, all give you a little more engine, but the 8 Series offers a bit more day-to-day usability.

    EdmundsEdmunds says

    The 2020 BMW 840i offers a more affordable entry into BMW's big coupe for buyers willing to give up a bit of performance.


    FAQ

    Is the BMW 8 Series a good car?

    The Edmunds experts tested the 2020 8 Series both on the road and at the track, giving it a 8.0 out of 10. You probably care about BMW 8 Series fuel economy, so it's important to know that the 8 Series gets an EPA-estimated 20 mpg to 24 mpg, depending on the configuration. What about cargo capacity? When you're thinking about carrying stuff in your new car, keep in mind that the 8 Series has 12.4 cubic feet of trunk space. And then there's safety and reliability. Edmunds has all the latest NHTSA and IIHS crash-test scores, plus industry-leading expert and consumer reviews to help you understand what it's like to own and maintain a BMW 8 Series. Learn more

    What's new in the 2020 BMW 8 Series?

    According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 BMW 8 Series:

    • Six-cylinder 840i added to the lineup
    • Android Auto compatibility coming later in the model year
    • Part of the second 8 Series generation introduced for 2019
    Learn more

    Is the BMW 8 Series reliable?

    To determine whether the BMW 8 Series is reliable, read Edmunds' authentic consumer reviews, which come from real owners and reveal what it's like to live with the 8 Series. Look for specific complaints that keep popping up in the reviews, and be sure to compare the 8 Series's average consumer rating to that of competing vehicles. Learn more

    Is the 2020 BMW 8 Series a good car?

    There's a lot to consider if you're wondering whether the 2020 BMW 8 Series is a good car. Edmunds' expert testing team reviewed the 2020 8 Series and gave it a 8.0 out of 10. Safety scores, fuel economy, cargo capacity and feature availability should all be factors in determining whether the 2020 8 Series is a good car for you. Learn more

    How much should I pay for a 2020 BMW 8 Series?

    The least-expensive 2020 BMW 8 Series is the 2020 BMW 8 Series 840i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $97,400.

    Other versions include:

    • 840i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $97,400
    • 840i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $100,300
    • M850i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $121,400
    Learn more

    What are the different models of BMW 8 Series?

    If you're interested in the BMW 8 Series, the next question is, which 8 Series model is right for you? 8 Series variants include 840i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 840i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and M850i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A). For a full list of 8 Series models, check out Edmunds’ Features & Specs page. Learn more

    More about the 2020 BMW 8 Series

    2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible Overview

    The 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible is offered in the following styles: 840i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 840i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), and M850i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A). BMW 8 Series Convertible models are available with a 3.0 L-liter gas engine or a 4.4 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 523 hp, depending on engine type. The 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible comes with rear wheel drive, and all wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 8-speed shiftable automatic. The 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ unlimited mi. roadside warranty, and a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. powertrain warranty.

    What do people think of the 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible?

    Consumer ratings and reviews are also available for the 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible and all its trim types. Overall, Edmunds users rate the 2020 8 Series Convertible 5.0 on a scale of 1 to 5 stars. Edmunds consumer reviews allow users to sift through aggregated consumer reviews to understand what other drivers are saying about any vehicle in our database. Detailed rating breakdowns (including performance, comfort, value, interior, exterior design, build quality, and reliability) are available as well to provide shoppers with a comprehensive understanding of why customers like the 2020 8 Series Convertible.

    Edmunds Expert Reviews

    Edmunds experts have compiled a robust series of ratings and reviews for the 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible and all model years in our database. Our rich analysis includes expert reviews and recommendations for the 2020 8 Series Convertible featuring deep dives into trim levels including 840i, 840i xDrive, M850i xDrive, etc. with careful analysis around pricing, features, performance, mpg, safety, interior, and driving and performance. Edmunds also offers expert ratings, road test and performance data, long-term road tests, first-drive reviews, video reviews and more.

    Read our full review of the 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible here.

    Our Review Process

    This review was written by a member of Edmunds' editorial team of expert car reviewers. Our team drives every car you can buy. We put the vehicles through rigorous testing, evaluating how they drive and comparing them in detail to their competitors.

    We're also regular people like you, so we pay attention to all the different ways people use their cars every day. We want to know if there's enough room for our families and our weekend gear and whether or not our favorite drink fits in the cupholder. Our editors want to help you make the best decision on a car that fits your life.

    What's a good price for a New 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible?

    2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible 840i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

    The 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible 840i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $108,345. The average price paid for a new 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible 840i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $19,064 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $19,064 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $89,281.

    The average savings for the 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible 840i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 17.6% below the MSRP.

    2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible 840i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A)

    The 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible 840i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $105,795. The average price paid for a new 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible 840i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $15,846 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $15,846 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $89,949.

    The average savings for the 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible 840i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A) is 15% below the MSRP.

    2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible M850i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)

    The 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible M850i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $128,245. The average price paid for a new 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible M850i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $22,599 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.

    Edmunds members save an average of $22,599 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $105,646.

    The average savings for the 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible M850i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) is 17.6% below the MSRP.

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    Why trust Edmunds?

    Edmunds has deep data on over 6 million new, used, and certified pre-owned vehicles, including all models of the 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible and all available trim types: 840i xDrive, 840i, M850i xDrive. Rich, trim-level features & specs and options data tracked for the 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible include (but are not limited to): MSRP, available incentives and deals, average price paid, warranty information (basic, drivetrain, and maintenance), features (interior and exterior color, upholstery, bluetooth, navigation, cruise control, parking assistance, lane sensing, keyless ignition, satellite radio, folding rears seats,run flat tires, wheel type, tire size, sunroof, etc.), vehicle specifications (engine cylinder count, drivetrain, engine power, torque, engine displacement, transmission), fuel economy and MPG (city, highway, and combined, fuel capacity, range), vehicle dimensions (interior cabin space, vehicle length and width, seating capacity, cargo space). Edmunds also provides tools to allow shopper to compare vehicles to similar models of their choosing by warranty, interior features, exterior features, specifications, vehicle dimensions, consumer rating, edmunds expert review, safety rating, and color.

    What is the MPG of a 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible?

    2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible 840i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
    24 compined MPG,
    22 city MPG/29 highway MPG

    2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible 840i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (recommended)
    23 compined MPG,
    20 city MPG/27 highway MPG

    2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible M850i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A), 8-speed shiftable automatic, premium unleaded (required)
    20 compined MPG,
    17 city MPG/25 highway MPG

    EPA Est. MPG24
    Transmission8-speed shiftable automatic
    Drive Trainrear wheel drive
    Displacement3.0 L
    Passenger VolumeN/A
    Wheelbase111.1 in.
    Length191.1 in.
    Width74.9 in.
    Height52.7 in.
    Curb Weight4211 lbs.

    Should I lease or buy a 2020 BMW 8 Series?

    Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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