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BMW 8 SERIES DIESEL GRAN COUPE

840d xDrive MHT M Sport 4dr Auto [Ultimate Pack]

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BMW's 8 Series Gran Coupe is both a stylised saloon and a coupe with a little extra versatility. There's nothing quite like it. Jonathan Crouch reports on the revised version.

Background

So you want a luxury saloon. The thing is though, you don't want a boring one. One day perhaps, the time might be right for you to get something like a BMW 7 Series, a Mercedes S-Class or an Audi A8. For now though, you'd like something just as smart and luxurious but more individual and dynamic. Something, perhaps, like this, BMW's 8 Series Gran Coupe. This Gran Coupe is a lengthened four-door version of BMW's more conventional two-door 8 Series Coupe and was first announced back in 2012 badged as a '6 Series Gran Coupe' to plug an important gap in the Munich maker's luxury line-up. Buyers who'd out-grown the brand's 5 Series Executive saloon and didn't want to go on into something limo-like were being lost to a new breed of more style-conscious Luxury segment models - cars like Mercedes' CLS-Class, Audi's A7 Sportback and Porsche's Panamera. Targeting these people was still the brief for this four-door 8 Series model when it first arrived in 2019, then was subtly updated early in 2022. How effectively has this car's brief been executed? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

Three 8 Series Gran Coupe engines are now on offer, the range kicking off with the 340hp 840i petrol version, the only one featuring rear wheel drive. The other two 'M' variants both feature xDrive 4WD as standard. There's an M850i derivative, which uses a 530hp version of the 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V8 you'll find in the brand's M5 super saloon. An M Sport exhaust delivers a snarly soundtrack, there's 750Nm of torque and 62mph from rest takes just 3.7s. If that's somehow not fast enough, you'll want to talk to your dealer about the even quicker M8 Competition model, which has the same 4.4-litre petrol V8 tuned up to 625hp, in which form it delivers 750Nm of torque. That flagship variant is capable of 62mph from rest in just 3.2s. The old 840d xDrive diesel variant is no longer offered. Across the range, there are the usual 'Driving Experience Control' modes - 'Eco', 'Comfort', 'Sport' and 'Sport+'. For a more focussed and sporty handling, Integral Active Steering is fitted as standard to reduce the turning circle when manoeuvring. This also increases agility at moderate speeds and optimises poise and assurance when changing lanes and cornering at high speeds. It becomes more direct as the speed builds but allows the driver to manoeuvre at low speeds with minimal steering wheel movement. Optional active roll stabilisation further enhances the handling characteristics. Electric swivel motors on the front and rear axles ensure particularly fast and precise compensation of lateral forces.

Design and Build

This updated 8 Series Gran Coupe now gets BMW's M Sport styling pack as standard, which gives the car a meaner look, with a more heavily structured front bumper and rear diffuser, as well as revised 19-inch wheels and upgraded brakes with blue calipers. Across the range, it's also now possible to order an illuminated front grille. The M850i model gets a unique front splitter and M8-style for the exterior mirrors, the rear spoiler and the diffuser. The M8 itself has redesigned 20-inch wheels. As before, the style of this 8 Series Gran Coupe is very similar to that of its Coupe and Convertible showroom stablemates, but it has a wheelbase that's 201mm longer in order to incorporate a couple of extra rear doors. Unlike obvious segment 'Grand Turismo'-style rivals like the Porsche Panamera and the Audi A7 Sportback (but like its closest competitor the Mercedes CLS), this BMW has a traditional notchback boot rather than a hatchback. And inside? Well the key change with this facelifted model is an upgrade in the size of the central infotainment screen - from 10.25 to 12.3-inches. And the six cylinder model gets multi-contour seats as standard. Otherwise, things are the same as before. As in other 8 Series models, the interior is awash with high-precision details and features a driver-centric cockpit and low-set sports seats featuring integral head restraints and trimmed in soft Merino leather. Despite the coupe-style pretensions here, this is a proper four-seater; there's certainly adequate head and legroom in the rear, even for loftier adults. The boot meanwhile (which has a high lip) is big enough for a quartet of adults too, being 440-litres in size (90-litres less than you'd get in a 5 Series saloon if you're wondering). Larger objects like skis can be dealt with by a through-loading hatch. If you need more room, then releasing a pair of neat boot sidewall catches flattens the rear seatbacks, a standard feature that can free up considerably more cargo space.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £72,000 for the 840i Gran Coupe. The M850i xDrive version is around £101,000. The M8 Competition xDrive model will set you back around £123,000. Across the range, equipment highlights include Merino leather upholstery, a Head-up display, Active Park Distance Control and the BMW 'Live Cockpit Professional' infotainment set-up, which includes a 12.3 inch instrument binnacle display screen and a 12.3-inch centre-dash monitor. Via this, you'll have access to an adaptive nav system, a hard-drive-based multimedia system with 20GB, two USB ports, plus Bluetooth and WiFi interfaces. A key new option is the illuminated front grille, offered with an 'Iconic Glow' package, which gives you an illuminated surround and waterfall lighting for each of the grille elements. You can also order optional M emblems in blue, purple and red in place of the traditional blue and white BMW roundel. Plus as before, there's plenty of cutting-edge camera-driven safety kit and autonomous driving tech. The driver assistance systems process camera images as well as data gathered by ultrasonic and radar sensors to monitor the vehicle's surroundings, to warn of potential hazards and to minimise the risk of an accident with corrective braking or steering inputs. The car is equipped as standard with Cruise Control with braking function, as well as Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking, the latest version of which also alerts the driver when a cyclist is detected. Depending on the situation, the system can bring the vehicle to a halt to either avoid a collision or minimise its consequences.

Cost of Ownership

Just because you're spending over £70,000 on a luxury car of this kind, it doesn't mean you'll be paying through the nose to keep it on the road. Even the M850i xDrive with its turbocharged petrol V8 is capable of 24.6mpg and CO2 emissions of 246g/km. The 840i sDrive enhances that to 33.2mpg and 186g/km. For the M8 Competition xDrive, it's 25.2mpg and 256g/km. Routine maintenance is dictated by 'Condition Based Servicing' that monitors oil level and engine wear, taking into account how long it's been and how far the car has travelled since its previous garage visit. To help plan ahead for the cost of regular work, at point of purchase you'll be offered a 'BMW Service Inclusive' package that lasts for three years and 36,000 miles. With this, after a one-off payment, you'll have the peace of mind of knowing that all normal work on the car has been paid for during this period, including items such as oil, spark plugs and filters. On to the warranty package. BMW offers a warranty that lasts for three years, no matter how many miles you complete. You can also insure your car through BMW, though as most 8s will be funded with company money through a lease deal, this brokerage fees are likely to be bundled into that.

Summary

Of all the motivations you might have for spending serious money on a full-sized luxury car, perhaps the most important is the need for it to make you feel special. And that's exactly how you'll feel with one of these in your driveway. It's what sets this executive four-door coupe apart from the kind of BMW 7 Series saloon you could have for much the same sort of money. And it's also what makes this a rarer, more exclusive choice than a rival Mercedes CLS or Audi A7 and a more beautifully resolved design than the only other two really direct alternatives, Porsche's Panamera and Maserati's Quattroporte. True, you do still need to spend plenty on the options list to create the 'ultimate driving machine' the Munich maker's ads promise. Do this though and you'll get yourself a car with dynamic capability no rival can match. So, in summary, is this the best luxury model BMW makes right now? There are some who would say so. And the best four-door premium coupe? Yes, that as well.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypeDiesel
Emissions
Emissions174.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed155mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • BMW Drive recorder
  • BMW legal emergency call
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional sat nav system with intelligent personal assistant, voice control, gesture control
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Brake pad wear indicator
  • Check control system
  • Condition based service
  • Drive experience control with Sport, Comfort, Eco Pro and Adaptive modes
  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging
  • Head up Display
  • iDrive touch controller with shortcut buttons
  • Instrument and upper door panel in walknappa leather
  • Integral active steering
  • Integrated owners handbook
  • Oil sensor for level and grade
  • On board computer
  • Outside temperature display
  • Parking Assistant Plus with 360 degree surround view camera
  • Powered tailgate operation
  • Run flat indicator
  • Service interval indicator
  • Wifi hotspot preparation

Entertainment

  • Bowers and Wilkins diamond surround sound system
  • DAB Digital radio
  • Favourite buttons
  • TV function plus including reception of digital TV stations
  • USB/audio interface

Exterior Features

  • BMW Laserlights
  • Bright chrome kidney grille
  • Carbon core
  • Chrome M designation on front side panel, left and right
  • Climate comfort windscreen
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Electrically adjustable, heated, folding exterior mirrors
  • Follow me home headlight function
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • High beam assistant
  • Illuminated door handles
  • LED rear lights
  • Model logo on right tailgate
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
  • Satinised aluminium kidney struts
  • Thermally insulated windscreen
  • Third brake light featuring LED technology
  • Welcome lights in interior and door handle area
  • xDrive designation on left tailgate

Interior Features

  • 2 cup holders in front
  • 2 rear head restraints
  • 2 X front 12v power sockets
  • 4 zone control automatic air conditioning
  • 50/50 split folding rear seat
  • CraftedClarity glass application for interior elements
  • Dynamic ambient interior lighting
  • Electric front seat adjustment with driver memory
  • Electric rear windscreen and rear side window sunblinds
  • Frameless interior mirror
  • Front and rear seat heating
  • Front entry lights doors
  • Front reading lights
  • Front seat ventilation
  • Front sun visors with ticket holder and illuminated mirror
  • Illuminated M door sill finishers
  • Lockable glove compartment with light
  • M leather steering wheel including multifunction controls
  • M Pedals
  • Microfilter and active carbon filter
  • Soft close doors
  • Steering column with adjustable height and length and activation via control on the steering column
  • Velour floormats

Packs

  • Connected professional pack - 8 Series
  • Driving assistant professional pack - 8 Series
  • Front heat comfort pack - 8 Series
  • M Aerodynamics pack - 8 Series
  • M Carbon exterior package without carbon blade - 8 Series

Safety

  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS/EBD
  • Active front seat headrests
  • Active protection
  • Airbags - Driver and front passenger airbag with seat occupancy detection, knee, side and front passenger seat airbag deactivation
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting, safety battery terminal clamp and airbags
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Dynamic brake control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Electromechanical parking brake with automatic drive away release and auto hold function
  • Front and rear brake discs with interior ventilation
  • Front three point with pyrotechnical belt latch tensioner seat belts, belt force limiter and belt stopper
  • Rear three point with pyrotechnical belt latch tensioner seat belts and belt force limiter
  • Side impact protection
  • Two tone horn
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with electronic engine immobiliser
  • Centre lock switch
  • Closing system with central locking
  • Comfort access system
  • Keyless engine start
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Vehicle key with exclusive M designation

Technical

  • 48V Mild hybrid technology
  • Adaptive M suspension professional
  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Double wishbone front axle
  • Dynamic Damper Control
  • Eight speed sport automatic transmission with gearshift paddle switches

Wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.102
  • HC
    Not Available
  • HC+NOx
    0.052
  • NOx
    0.031
  • Particles
    0.0016
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    174
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    179
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    172
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    166
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEH
    169
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEL
    165
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    148
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEH
    153
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEL
    147
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    267
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEH
    273
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEL
    265
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    166
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEH
    173
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEL
    165

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    2993
  • Compression Ratio
    16.5:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    IN-LINE
  • Cylinders
    6
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    84
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    90
  • Engine Code
    B57D30T2
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    COMMON RAIL
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    24
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    6.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH
    6.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH
    5.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL
    5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    10.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH
    10.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL
    10.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    6.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH
    6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL
    6.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    41.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH
    43.5
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL
    44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH
    48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL
    50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    27.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH
    27.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL
    28
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    44.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH
    42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL
    44.8

General

  • AdBlue
    Yes
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    Yes
  • Badge Engine CC
    3.0
  • Badge Power
    340
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    d MHT xDrive
  • Coin Series
    M Sport[Ultimate Pk]
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    47E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    5
  • Engine Power - BHP
    340
  • Engine Power - KW
    250
  • Engine Power - RPM
    4400
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    516
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    71.4
  • Engine Torque - NM
    700
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1750
  • Top Speed
    155

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    245/35 R20
  • Tyre Size Rear
    275/30 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    Y SPOKE STYLE 728M
  • Wheel Type
    20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1401
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    5074
  • Wheelbase
    3023
  • Width
    1932
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2137

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    66
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2600
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    440
  • Max. Loading Weight
    605
  • Max. Roof Load
    75
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1995
  • No. of Seats
    5
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12.6
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

Scott Wall

"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"3 weeks ago"

Olivia Creemer

Olivia Creemer

"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

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Oliver Blayney

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"We were really impressed with the service provided from Silverstone Fleet Management. The team were responsive, committed and friendly and ultimately provided the best price for the deal we were enquiring about. I would recommend them to anyone looking to lease a new car, you'll be well looked after! :)"

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"Ryan was the most helpful person I’ve ever dealt with. He was very informative and gave me updates on my vehicle all throughout! If I’m going to anyone for cars, it’s Ryan! Great experience."

"a month ago"

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