BMW 8 Series

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BMW 8 Series
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  • 1990–1999
  • 2018–present
Body and chassis
ClassGrand tourer (S)
Body style

The BMW 8 Series is a range of grand tourer coupes and convertibles produced by BMW.

The 8 Series was introduced in 1990 under the E31 model code and was only available as a two-door coupé.[1] It is powered by a range of naturally aspirated V8 and V12 petrol engines.[2] The E31 started production just as E24 6 Series production ended, however it is not considered a direct successor.[3] The E31 was discontinued in 1999 due to poor sales.[4]

The model range was later reintroduced in 2018 with the second generation, G15 8 Series.[5] It launched in coupé (G15), convertible (G14), and four-door Gran Coupé (G16) body styles, as the successor to the F06/F12/F13 6 Series lineup.[6] The G15 8 Series introduces an inline-six diesel engine,[7][8] and a high-performance BMW M8 trim later joined the lineup as well as the luxury inspired Alpina B8.[9]

First generation (E31; 1990–1999)[edit]

BMW 840Ci

Design work of the first generation E31 8 Series began in 1984, with final design phase and production development starting in 1986. The car debuted at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show, and was produced until 1999.[10] The 8 Series was designed to move beyond the market of the original E24 6 Series, featuring greater performance and an increased price. The 8 Series was the first road car to offer a V12 engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and was one of the first vehicles to be fitted with electronic drive-by-wire throttle.[11] The 8 Series was also one of BMW's first cars to use a multi-link rear axle.[12]

Second generation (G14/G15/G16; 2018–present)[edit]

BMW 840d

The BMW 8 Series (G14) was announced on June 15, 2018 with sales commencing from November 2018.[13] It was initially available as a coupé (codenamed G15), with the convertible (G14) and four-door Gran Coupé (G16) variants introduced later, succeeding the F06/F12/F13 6 Series lineup.[14] Production commenced in late 2018 at the BMW assembly plant in Dingolfing, Germany.[15]

Direct competitors to the BMW 8 Series coupé and convertible are the Mercedes-AMG GT coupé & cabriolet and Porsche 911 coupé & cabriolet. The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé which has improved rear passenger space dimensions compared to the BMW 6 Series Gran Coupé (F06),[7] is seen as a flashier sportier alternative to its platform-mate, the more traditional BMW 7 Series sedan, and it competes with the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupé and Porsche Panamera.[16][17][18]

In 2022, BMW updated the 8 Series with an updated look and tech.[19] The Iconic Illuminated Glow kidney grille has been added, as is a larger 12.3-inch infotainment system that replaces the 10.25-inch unit.


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  14. ^ "BMW 8 Series Convertible, Gran Coupe Officially Confirmed For 2019". Retrieved 2018-08-25.
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  16. ^ Kacher, Georg (2016-10-12). "7 vs. 8: BMW Insiders Clash Over Flagship Future". Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  17. ^ Duff, Mike (2019-10-02). "2020 BMW 840i Gran Coupe Is the Prettier and Practical 8-Series". Retrieved 2020-08-20.
  18. ^ Scherr, Elana (2021-04-12). "Tested: 2021 Audi RS7 vs. 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe vs. 2021 Mercedes-AMG GT63 S". Retrieved 2021-11-09.
  19. ^ "2022 BMW 8 Series facelift revealed - Iconic Glow illuminated kidney grille, 12.3-inch infotainment screen -". January 26, 2022.