The 2023 BMW 8 Series Convertibl: is it could be at a price tag of $100,000?

In a world where luxury two-door convertibles are the sales poison, it’s odd that BMW has two such vehicles in its lineup. There’s the 4-Series Convertible, which ranges from the affordable to the extremely expensive, and the 8-Series Convertible is the company’s flagship model, so of course it’s very expensive.

We haven’t forgotten the Z4, but it’s a sportier, smaller roadster. The BMW 8 Series 2023  range got a slight update earlier this year, and CarBuzz never got a chance to try it out in the guise of the base 840i with its turbocharged six-cylinder engine – until now.

It’s the perfect opportunity, as we’ve just completed a week of unveiling the 2023 BMW M4, a car priced with options very close to the 840i convertible. These two cars may share a body style, but they offer completely different philosophies to completely separate buyers. Let’s talk about the good (and bad) sides of the 2023 8-Series.

The purest BMW design

There is no large grille. You can all breathe a sigh of relief. The upgraded 8er has dodged all of BMW’s questionable styling decisions, including the split headlights and large grille. It’s a nice drop hat, but that being said, it’s not a standout design.

The 8 Series has a conservative look (especially in Alpine White) alongside rivals such as the new Mercedes-AMG SL and concept Lexus LC 500. Here’s what customers in this segment are looking for: luxury with anonymity.

Our tester offers very few options, though the $650 Professional Sports Package and $1,300 Orbit Gray 20-inch two-tone wheels help increase curb appeal without increasing the price. too much. A more unique color option like Portimao Blue Metallic, San Remo Green Metallic, or Aventurin Red Metallic ($1,950) would do wonders to help the 840i stand out a bit more.

Welcome to Interior Upgrades

While it lacks the iX’s tech spectacle, the 8 Series (even in its basic configuration) is a pleasant environment to spend time in. The cabin is quiet despite the canvas canopy, and the seats (though no massage options) are comfortable over long distances.

The new 12.3-inch touchscreen replaces the previous 10.25-inch unit, and after moving straight from the M4 to the 8-series, the extra inches are immediately noticeable. It should be noted, however, that the 8 Series continues to use an older version of BMW’s iDrive infotainment software, not iDrive 8. Our article comparing the 2023 M3 and the M4 discusses the differences. between two systems. 

Other aspects of the interior are mostly unchanged from last year. All the materials in the cabin are pricey, especially the $650 control glass that glows at night. Our biggest interior complaint, aside from the lack of a massage chair, is the back seat. We didn’t expect them to be spacious, but they do offer less headroom and legroom than the cheaper 4 Series Convertible.

Energy deficit

Our other biggest draw is the turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six B58 under the hood of the 840i. Almost all applications of this engine, including the M440i and Toyota Supra, now produce 382 hp. However, in a car that costs nearly six figures to boot, it only makes 335 hp and 368 lb-ft of torque.

The rear-wheel drive 840i will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 5 seconds or 4.6 seconds with xDrive all-wheel drive. There’s nothing wrong with those performance numbers, but we couldn’t help feeling cheated when a cheaper M440i popped up in a luminaire and beat us. BMW should have increased the power on par with other models. 

In our honest opinion, unless you really care about performance, the M850i ​​xDrive is the ideal variant of the 8 series. The 0-60 mph sprint in just 3.8 seconds, but it’s unaffected by extreme rides like the M8 Competition. It’s also just $12,100 more expensive than the 840i xDrive, while the M8 Competition Convertible claims a substantial $43,700 premium over the 840i xDrive.

Relaxation and Excursions

Maybe BMW didn’t mind the horsepower boost because they knew who would buy this car. The 8 Series, especially in its convertible form, is not a trail-focused weapon. It’s a sweet cruiser that most owners will take to the golf course or the occasional weekend getaway.

With this in mind, the 840i fulfills its role perfectly. The suspension is supple, the steering is light without lacking in feel, and the engine offers reasonable passing power despite a few less horsepower than its brethren. 

Although the M440i and M4 will win a drag race, they can’t compete with the 840i in terms of luxury. If you care more about suspension compliance than sheer power, the 8 Series is the car for you. We understand why BMW offers both cars, even if the numbers on paper make the 840i look less appealing.

Pricing, Competition and Judgment

The 2023 840i Convertible starts at $97,100, and our tester provided several options that took the price up to $99,050 before it arrived ($995). If you want the 840i xDrive, it’s even $100,000, while the aforementioned M850i ​​xDrive and M8 Competition are $112,100 and $143,700 respectively. 

For the price of the 840i, we’re more convinced by the $102,350 Lexus LC 500 convertible. It offers the same comfort and functionality (or without) and a 471-horsepower V8 that sounds better than BMW’s straight six. However, Lexus’ technology suite is inferior to BMW’s

If we were to buy an 8-series convertible, that would easily be the M850i. It offers much better performance than the Lexus without getting too close to the Mercedes SL 55’s $137,400 starting price, which we prefer over the M8. While we like the 840i as a comfortable cruiser, the M850i ​​is still the 8 series convertible we recommend.

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