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BMW 8 SERIES DIESEL COUPE 840d xDrive 2dr Auto

BMW 8 SERIES 840d xDrive 2dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840d xDrive 2dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840d xDrive 2dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840d xDrive 2dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840d xDrive 2dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840d xDrive 2dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840d xDrive 2dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840d xDrive 2dr Auto
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BMW 8 SERIES 840d xDrive 2dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840d xDrive 2dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840d xDrive 2dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840d xDrive 2dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840d xDrive 2dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840d xDrive 2dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840d xDrive 2dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840d xDrive 2dr Auto

Key Info Compare

  • FuelDiesel
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG46.30
  • 0-62mph4.9 secs
  • Top Speed155 mph
  • C02160 g/km
  • BHP320
  • Torque502 lbs/f
  • P11D36%

Review

What should a top luxury sports coupe be? Sharp and driver-orientated like a Porsche 911? Or a luxurious Grand Tourer like the Mercedes S-Class Coupe? If you can't decide, this 'G15'-series BMW 8 Series Coupe might offer the perfect solution. Especially in this 840d diesel guise.

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BMW aims to bring something different and more dynamically elegant to the market for large luxury coupes with this sleekly-styled 840d model. Jonathan Crouch drives it.

Background

The 8 Series revives an 8 Series nameplate last seen with the 'E31'-series model sold between 1989 and 1999. That rather memorable contender was nominally replaced early on in this century by two 6 Series Coupe designs, the 'E63'-series model of 2003 and the 'F13'-series model of 2011. Both though, were less exclusive-feeling BMWs which merely plugged a gap in the Munich maker's line-up as the company experimented with other approaches into the luxury GT market. That's what brought us the 'F07' generation 5 Series Gran Turismo of 2009, the 'F06'-series four-door 6 Series Gran Coupe of 2012 and the electrified i8 sportscar of 2014. Everything the Bavarian brand has subsequently learned has been channelled into this 'G13' generation 8 series design, which was launched in mid-2018 aiming to recapture the more exclusive feel of its 'E31' predecessor. It's much, much more than merely a stylised two-door version of the 7 Series saloon, even though it's built alongside that car at the company's Dingolfing German plant. Let's check this car out in 840d diesel form.

Driving Experience

A 'Gentleman's Racer'. Is that what this is? BMW thinks so. For you, that might conjure up pictures of Brooklands in the Thirties but what the Munich maker means by that term is the kind of big sporty GT that Aston Martin has long specialised in. In terms of the driving experience, what BMW has aimed for here is something mid-way between what's served up by this car's two main rivals - the Mercedes S-Class Coupe and more powerful versions of the Porsche 911. And broadly, that's what you get. This car's 'raison d'etre' isn't primarily for the track; no 2-tonne luxury coupe is ever going to feel completely comfortable on a circuit. But it's a heck of a lot more comfortable there than the previous 6 Series models ever were. The brand's xDrive 4WD system is standard, as in 'Integral Active Steering', which gives you four wheel steering for extra cornering stability. Plus there's fantastic traction through the big bespoke Bridgestones and absolutely brilliant brakes. I opted to try the 840d diesel variant. It obviously can't deliver the aural excitement of the alternative V8 petrol versions but the free-revving in-line 3.0-litre six still manages to sound rather good in its own way, with a deep gravelly note that's emphasised by the stereo speakers. It's got a lot of grunt too, the 750Nm torque figure 70Nm higher than the standard V8. And you get the same Launch Control set-up to hurl you away from rest, allowing an 840d to reach 62mph in just 4.9s. If you like your stats, you can see plenty more of them via a 'Sport' display in the 'Car' section of the centre-dash infotainment screen that as you drive can show you G-Force readings, plus torque horsepower, oil temperature and turbo boost read-outs.

Design and Build

It's been a long time since BMW brought us a large coupe that was really elegant, but most will agree that this modern-era 8 Series design really is. It's very much a BMW of course from the front, with one of the widest double kidney grilles yet seen on a Bayerische Motoren Werke model, which flows into the slimmest headlamps the brand has ever used. In profile, the roofline's low, fast arc is certainly striking, as are the wide shoulders and short overhangs. Inside, the seating position is notably low, reminding you of this 8 Series model's more focused driving remit and you're surrounded by a cabin that's high in quality but perhaps lacking a little in terms of sheer specialness. Adding in little touches like the 'CraftedClarity' glass finishing for various controls helps quite a bit here. It's hard to fault the digital screen technology delivered by the standard 'Live Cockpit Professional' package that combines this 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster display with a 10.25-inch centre-dash infotainment monitor, all of it accessible via touchscreen, the usual lower iDrive touch controller or voice control. And you're perfectly positioned in front of it all by brilliantly supportive multifunctional sports seats trimmed in white-stitched Merino leather that extends up on to the dash. The rear seats are very cramped, but you get a decently sized 420-litre boot.

Market and Model

There's quite a price gap between the two core 8 Series Coupe variants that were offered from launch. Pricing at the introduction of this model range saw this 840d diesel, with its 320hp 3.0-litre six cylinder diesel, costing from just over £76,000, while the alternative M850i variant with its 530hp 4.4-litre petrol V8 requires a budget pretty much dead-on the £100,000 mark. Though the Convertible version isn't our focus here, for reference we'll tell you that that body style requires a £7,000 premium in each case. Competitors for this 840d are difficult to find. There simply aren't any large luxury two-door diesel Coupes available - not in our market anyway. The closest comparable models we can think of are four-door coupes which cost a lot less: the Audi A7 Sportback - in 320hp 3.0 BiTDI form; and the Mercedes CLS - in 340hp 400d guise. Both cars cost around £60,000 but are arguably more directly targeted by BMW's own 6 Series Gran Turismo, which in 630d xDrive form offers only 265hp but with 'M Sport' trim costs much the same as those top A7 or CLS diesel models.

Cost of Ownership

No rival in this segment can get anywhere near the readings you'd be able to achieve at the wheel of the 840d diesel model - up to 40.4mpg on the WLTP combined cycle (which makes possible a realistic 600 mile driving range) and up to 160g/km of CO2 (NEDC). A 1.5-litre petrol Ford Mondeo doesn't do much better than that. Both the stats we've quoted here were measured under the current 'WLTP' or 'World harmonised Light vehicle Test Procedure' cycle, but BMW has converted them back to the less accurate 'New European Driving Cycle' 'NEDC2' spec, since that's what a lot of rival models are still using. The 8 Series powerplants of course comply with the current 'EU6d-TEMP' emissions standard, which dictates that they must have a gasoline particulate filter. On this 840d, BMW's 'BluePerformance' technology further adds a particulate filter, an oxidation catalyst, an Nox absorption catalyst and an SCR catalyst with 'AdBlue' injection. You'll probably be familiar with AdBlue by now because most modern Euro6 diesel powerplants use it. It's a urea additive that mixes with the hot exhaust gases from the engine. As the urea combines with these fumes, it turns many of the harmful chemicals into nothing more noxious than water and nitrogen - and that's what makes up most of the Earth's atmosphere. Tell all that to bar stool experts who talk as if diesel cars are alone responsible for smogging up our cities.

Summary

There aren't many sporting models in this category that a really well-heeled buyer would consider running as an only car, but this is one of them. If you need it to be an old fashioned road smoker, it can do that; this '8' is certainly far happier on a track than its flaccid 6 Series predecessor. And then, at the circuit gates, it can change character into a classic Grand Touring GT. And deliver the kind of experience you might have previously thought you'd have to stretch to a Bentley Continental GT or an Aston Martin DB11 to get. Are there things I'd change? A few. The interior is classy, well appointed and deeply impressive but it's not especially memorable. We think air suspension should have been included - at least as an option. And given this car's sheer size, it would have been nice to see the kind of rear seat space you get in a rival Mercedes S-Class Coupe. Otherwise though, I think this '8' is, in its own way, very desirable indeed.

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Driver Convenience
Cruise control with brake function
Parking assistant with active park distance control
Speed limiting function
Active Guard incl speed limiting and lane departure functions with auto steering, and front collision warning with brake intervention
BMW legal emergency call
BMW Live Cockpit Professional sat nav system with intelligent personal assistant, voice control, gesture control
BMW Online services
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
Powered tailgate operation
Rear view camera
Run flat indicator
Service interval indicator
Wifi hotspot preparation
Entertainment
Harman kardon surround sound loudspeaker system
DAB Digital radio
Favourite buttons
USB/audio interface
Exterior Features
BMW icon adaptive LED headlights
Body colour mirror caps
Exhaust tailpipes with chrome finishers
High gloss shadowline exterior
M rear spoiler
Metallic paint
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
M aerodynamic body styling with dark shadow elements
Model logo on right tailgate
Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
Rear apron trim insert in dark shadow metallic
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
Anthracite headlining
Armrests integrated in front door trim, centre console includes storage compartment
Extended Merino leather upholstery
Multifunctional sport seats for driver and front passenger
2 cup holders in front
2 X front 12v power sockets
50/50 split folding rear seat
Automatic air conditioning with 2-zone control
Dynamic ambient interior lighting
Electric front seat adjustment with driver memory
Frameless interior mirror
Front entry lights doors
Front reading lights
Front seat heating
Front sun visors with ticket holder and illuminated mirror
Illuminated glovebox
Illuminated M door sill finishers
Lockable glove compartment with light
M leather steering wheel including multifunction controls
M Pedals
Microfilter and active carbon filter
Rear head restraints
Steering column with adjustable height and length and activation via control on the steering column
Velour floormats
Safety
M Sport braking system with blue painted brake calipers with M designation
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
CBC - (Cornering brake control)
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 disks with interior ventilation
Front and rear head airbags
Front three point with pyrotechnical belt latch tensioner seat belts, belt force limiter and belt stopper
Fuel supply cut off
Hill start assist
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
Trim
Stainless steel fabric interior trim finishers
Wheels
20" Y spoke M light alloy wheels with run flat mixed tyres in bicolour - style 728M
Packs
Connected professional pack - 8 Series
M Aerodynamics pack - 8 Series
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
Adaptive M suspension
Diesel particulate filter
Double wishbone front axle
Dynamic Damper Control
Eight speed sport automatic transmission with gearshift paddle switches
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 160
NOx 0.028
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 184
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 185
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 183
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High 181
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 181
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 179
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High 164
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 166
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 164
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low 236
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 240
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 235
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium 184
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 187
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 183
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 B57D30T0
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery COMMON RAIL
Gears 8 SPEED
Number of Valves 24
Transmission SEMI-AUTO
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 46.3
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies No
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 53.2
EC Urban (mpg) 37.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max 7.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 6.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 6.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 6.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 9.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 7
WLTP - MPG - Comb 40.4
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 39.8
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 40.4
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 40.9
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 40.9
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 41.5
WLTP - MPG - High 44.8
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 44.8
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 44.8
WLTP - MPG - Low 31.4
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 30.7
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 31.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium 40.4
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 39.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 40.4
General
AdBlue Yes
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 3.0
Badge Power 320
Coin Description d xDrive
Generation Mark 2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 50E
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 24
Service Interval Mileage 15500
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 4.9
Engine Power - BHP 320
Engine Power - KW 235
Engine Power - RPM 4400
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 502
Engine Torque - MKG 69.3
Engine Torque - NM 680
Engine Torque - RPM 1750
Top Speed 155
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle Second Act
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? No
Tyre Size Front 245/35 R20
Tyre Size Rear 275/30 R20
Tyre Size Spare RUN FLAT TYRES
Wheel Style Y SPOKE STYLE 728M
Wheel Type 20" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1341
Length 4843
Wheelbase 2822
Width 1902
Width (including mirrors) 2137
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 66
Gross Vehicle Weight 2370
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 420
Max. Loading Weight 540
Max. Roof Load 75
Minimum Kerbweight 1830
No. of Seats 4
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 11.9

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24 months 10,000 miles p/a £1298.40 p/m £5.01 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £1453.10 p/m £60.76 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £1570.09 p/m £102.25 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £1097.80 p/m £27.33 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £1223.01 p/m £74.84 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £1008.55 p/m £37.86 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £1110.83 p/m £92.64 p/m
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Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
BMW Drive recorder FOC
Parking Assistant Plus with 360 degree surround view camera FOC
Entertainment
Bowers and Wilkins diamond surround sound system £4,000.00
TV function plus including reception of digital TV stations £1,150.00
Exterior Features
BMW Individual high-gloss shadow line with extended contents £450.00
BMW Individual paintwork £1,065.00
BMW Laserlights FOC
Chrome line exterior FOC
Individual Frozen paint £2,450.00
M Carbon roof £2,650.00
Solid paint FOC
Sun protection glass £420.00
Interior Features
BMW Individual extended merino leather upholstery - I FOC
BMW Individual extended merino leather upholstery - II £500.00
BMW Individual full merino leather upholstery - I £3,250.00
BMW Individual full merino leather upholstery - II £3,750.00
CraftedClarity glass application for interior elements £575.00
Front M Sport seats £1,295.00
Front seat ventilation FOC
Individual alcantara headlining FOC
Individual anthracite alcantara headlining FOC
Soft close doors FOC
Packs
Driving assistant professional pack - 8 Series FOC
Front heat comfort pack - 8 Series FOC
M Carbon exterior package with carbon blade - 8 Series £3,350.00
M Carbon exterior package with rear spoiler - 8 Series £3,350.00
M Sport technic pack with 20" Y spoke M light alloy wheels with mixed performance tyres in bicolour style 728M - 8 Series £2,500.00
M Sport technic pack with 20" Y spoke M light alloy wheels with mixed performance tyres in jet black style 728M - 8 Series £2,500.00
Premium pack - 8 Series £1,800.00
Premium pack - 8 Series with individual alcantara headlining £1,800.00
Technology package - 8 Series £2,900.00
Visibility package - 8 Series £1,500.00
Paintwork
BMW Individual metallic paint - Aventurine red £1,065.00
BMW Individual metallic paint - Tanzanite blue £1,065.00
Individual frozen metallic paint - Frozen bluestone £2,450.00
Metallic - Barcelona blue FOC
Metallic - Black sapphire FOC
Metallic - Carbon black FOC
Metallic - Dravit grey FOC
Metallic - Mineral white FOC
Metallic - Sonic speed blue FOC
Metallic - Sunset orange FOC
Solid - Alpine white FOC
Safety
M Seatbelts £260.00
Technical
M Sport differential FOC
Trim
BMW Individual extended merino leather I - Black/Black world FOC
BMW Individual extended merino leather I - Cognac/Black world FOC
BMW Individual extended merino leather I - Ivory white/Ivory white world FOC
BMW Individual extended merino leather II - Fiona red/Black with Black world £500.00
BMW Individual extended merino leather II - Night blue/Black with Black world £500.00
BMW Individual extended merino leather II - Tartufo/Black with Black world £500.00
BMW Individual fine wood ash black silver interior trim with high gloss finish £250.00
BMW Individual full merino leather I - Black/Black world £3,250.00
BMW Individual full merino leather I - Ivory white/Ivory white world £3,250.00
BMW Individual full merino leather II - Fiona red/Black with Black world £3,750.00
BMW Individual full merino leather II - Night blue/Black with Black world £3,750.00
BMW Individual piano black trim finisher £250.00
Carbon fibre interior trim finishers £450.00
Extended Merino leather - Black FOC
Fine wood ash grain grey interior trim with metallic high gloss finish £200.00
Wheels
20" individual V spoke light alloy wheels with run flat mixed tyres - style 730l £500.00
20" Multi spoke M light alloy wheels with run flat mixed tyres in bicolour - style 729M FOC
20" Y spoke M light alloy wheels with mixed performance tyres in bicolour - style 728M FOC
20" Y spoke M light alloy wheels with mixed performance tyres in jet black - style 728M FOC
20" Y spoke M light alloy wheels with mixed tyres in jet black with run flat tyres - style 728M £350.00
Tyre repair kit FOC
* option prices shown are estimated