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BMW 8 SERIES GRAN COUPE 840i [333] sDrive M Sport 4dr Auto

BMW 8 SERIES 840i [333] sDrive M Sport 4dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840i [333] sDrive M Sport 4dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840i [333] sDrive M Sport 4dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840i [333] sDrive M Sport 4dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840i [333] sDrive M Sport 4dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840i [333] sDrive M Sport 4dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840i [333] sDrive M Sport 4dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840i [333] sDrive M Sport 4dr Auto
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BMW 8 SERIES 840i [333] sDrive M Sport 4dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840i [333] sDrive M Sport 4dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840i [333] sDrive M Sport 4dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840i [333] sDrive M Sport 4dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840i [333] sDrive M Sport 4dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840i [333] sDrive M Sport 4dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840i [333] sDrive M Sport 4dr Auto
BMW 8 SERIES 840i [333] sDrive M Sport 4dr Auto

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionAutomatic
  • MPG0.00
  • 0-62mph5.4 secs
  • Top Speed155 mph
  • C020 g/km
  • BHP333
  • Torque369 lbs/f
  • P11D37%

Review

BMW may not have invented the idea of a premium four-door executive coupe but it could certainly be argued that they've perfected it with this car, the 8 Series Gran Coupe. Elegant, beautifully finished and impressively efficient, it's a desirable choice if you need something dynamically luxurious with four seats but have out-grown a full-sized Executive saloon and don't want anything limo-like.

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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.

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 is still the brief for this four-door 8 Series model. How effectively has it been executed? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

Four 8 Series Gran Coupe engines are on offer, the range kicking off with the 340hp 840i sDrive petrol version we tried, the only one featuring rear wheel drive. The other three variants all feature xDrive 4WD as standard. There's an 840d diesel derivative, which uses the brand's familiar 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line diesel and delivers a maximum output of 320hp, with prodigious peak torque of 680Nm. Above that sit two 'M'-badged variants, with the one most will probably choose being the 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. 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

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. 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 £70,000 for the 840i sDrive - or around £73,000 for the 840d xDrive. The M850i xDrive is around £98,000. The M8 Competition xDrive model will set you back around £121,000. 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 10.25-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. Plus 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 (WLTP combined cycle) and CO2 emissions of 226g/km (NEDC). The 840i sDrive enhances that to 33.2mpg and 168g/km. And the 840d xDrive diesel improves that to 39.2mpg and 162g/km. For the M8 Competition xDrive, it's 25.2mpg and 244g/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.

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Driver Convenience
Active Guard incl speed limiting and lane departure functions with auto steering, and front collision warning with brake intervention
Cruise control with brake function
Parking assistant with active park distance control and rear view camera
Servotronic system
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
Integrated owners handbook
Oil sensor for level and grade
On board computer
Outside temperature display
Powered tailgate operation
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
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
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
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 rear head restraints
2 X front 12v power sockets
4 zone control automatic air conditioning
50/50 split folding rear seat
Dynamic ambient interior lighting
Electric front seat adjustment with driver memory
Frameless interior mirror
Front and rear seat heating
Front entry lights doors
Front reading lights
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
Steering column with adjustable height and length and activation via control on the steering column
Velour floormats
Safety
18" M Sport braking system with blue painted brake calipers with M designation
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 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
Technical
Adaptive M suspension
Double wishbone front axle
Dynamic Damper Control
Eight speed sport automatic transmission with gearshift paddle switches
M Sport differential
Petrol Particulate Filter
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
Emissions - ICE
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max 198
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min 192
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max 184
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min 179
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max 172
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min 164
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max 284
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min 280
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max 204
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min 198
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 2998
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 6
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 82
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 94.6
Engine Code B58B30M1
Engine Layout NORTH SOUTH
Fuel Delivery TWIN TURBO
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 - Max 8.7
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min 8.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max 8.1
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min 7.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max 7.5
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min 7.2
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max 12.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min 12.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max 8.9
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min 8.6
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max 32.5
WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min 33.6
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max 34.9
WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min 36.2
WLTP - MPG - High - Max 37.7
WLTP - MPG - High - Min 39.2
WLTP - MPG - Low - Max 22.8
WLTP - MPG - Low - Min 23
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max 31.7
WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min 32.8
General
Alternative Fuel Qualifying No
Badge Engine CC 3.0
Badge Power 333
Coin Description i sDrive
Coin Series M Sport
Generation Mark 2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 44E
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 5.4
Engine Power - BHP 333
Engine Power - KW 245
Engine Power - RPM 5500
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 369
Engine Torque - MKG 51
Engine Torque - NM 500
Engine Torque - RPM 1700
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 RUN FLAT TYRES
Wheel Style Y SPOKE STYLE 728M
Wheel Type 20" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1401
Length 5074
Wheelbase 3023
Width 1932
Width (including mirrors) 2137
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 68
Gross Vehicle Weight 2435
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 440
Max. Loading Weight 620
Max. Roof Load 75
Minimum Kerbweight 1815
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 12.3

Deals

Term Annual Mileage Monthly Payment Maintenance
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £1056.85 p/m £34.31 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £1083.40 p/m £41.75 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £1140.87 p/m £68.79 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £1197.75 p/m £77.82 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £1242.49 p/m £101.72 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £1287.32 p/m £116.35 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £893.30 p/m £49.57 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £917.67 p/m £64.32 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £970.64 p/m £74.38 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £1017.73 p/m £94.08 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £1060.95 p/m £123.86 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £1095.78 p/m £158.03 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £795.61 p/m £50.67 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £817.49 p/m £58.10 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £860.06 p/m £74.58 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £899.18 p/m £100.95 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £930.27 p/m £136.25 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £961.11 p/m £171.35 p/m
24 months 8,000 miles p/a £1268.22 p/m £41.17 p/m
24 months 10,000 miles p/a £1300.08 p/m £50.10 p/m
24 months 15,000 miles p/a £1369.05 p/m £82.55 p/m
24 months 20,000 miles p/a £1437.30 p/m £93.38 p/m
24 months 25,000 miles p/a £1490.98 p/m £122.07 p/m
24 months 30,000 miles p/a £1544.79 p/m £139.61 p/m
36 months 8,000 miles p/a £1071.96 p/m £59.48 p/m
36 months 10,000 miles p/a £1101.21 p/m £77.19 p/m
36 months 15,000 miles p/a £1164.77 p/m £89.25 p/m
36 months 20,000 miles p/a £1221.28 p/m £112.90 p/m
36 months 25,000 miles p/a £1273.14 p/m £148.63 p/m
36 months 30,000 miles p/a £1314.94 p/m £189.64 p/m
48 months 8,000 miles p/a £954.74 p/m £60.80 p/m
48 months 10,000 miles p/a £980.99 p/m £69.72 p/m
48 months 15,000 miles p/a £1032.07 p/m £89.49 p/m
48 months 20,000 miles p/a £1079.02 p/m £121.14 p/m
48 months 25,000 miles p/a £1116.33 p/m £163.51 p/m
48 months 30,000 miles p/a £1153.34 p/m £205.62 p/m
* Prices shown based on 6 month initial payment.
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Contract Length
Initial Rental
Annual Mileage
Include Maintenance

An excess mileage charge will apply if you exceed the contracted mileage. The exact charge will be confirmed on the official quotation prior to your acceptance to proceed

Selected Options
Optional Extras
Driver Convenience
BMW Drive recorder FOC
Integral active steering £1,750.00
Parking Assistant Plus with 360 degree surround view camera £650.00
Entertainment
Bowers and Wilkins diamond surround sound system FOC
TV function plus including reception of digital TV stations £1,150.00
Exterior Features
BMW Individual high-gloss shadow line with extended contents FOC
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
Panoramic glass sunroof £1,895.00
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
Electric rear windscreen and rear side window sunblinds FOC
Electric sunblind on rear windscreen FOC
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
Comfort plus pack - 8 Series Gran Coupe £3,000.00
Comfort plus pack with individual alcantara headlining - 8 Series Gran Coupe £3,000.00
Driving assistant professional pack - 8 Series FOC
Front heat comfort pack - 8 Series FOC
M Carbon exterior package - 8 Series £3,950.00
M Carbon exterior package without carbon blade - 8 Series £3,950.00
M Sport pro pack with 20" Y spoke 728M bicolour alloy wheels - 8 Series Coupe/Gran Coupe £1,900.00
M Sport pro pack with 20" Y spoke 728M jet black alloy wheels - 8 Series Coupe/Gran Coupe £1,900.00
Technology plus pack - 8 Series £6,000.00
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 - Sunset orange FOC
Solid - Alpine white FOC
Safety
M Seatbelts FOC
M Sport brake in black high gloss with black calipers M designation FOC
Technical
Adaptive M suspension professional £2,495.00
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 with highlight trim finishers £250.00
Carbon fibre interior trim finishers £450.00
Extended merino leather - Black M piping/Black world 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