The facelift of the BMW 8 Series brings no big surprises. The front has been slightly revised, and the M sports package is now standard. All info!
BMW has pimped the 8 Series. The facelift applies to all body variants, including the coupé, convertible, and Gran Coupé. There are no major changes, BMW has refined its top model. The most important modifications can be summarized quickly: the front has been revised, the M sports package is now standard, and the infotainment screen has grown to 12.3 inches.
Nothing changes under the hood, as before, there are all 8-series variants with six and eight cylinders. The market launch for the facelift is scheduled for March 2022. LatestCarNews assumes that prices will remain at the pre-facelift level. The Gran Coupé is currently available from 93,000 euros, the Coupé costs at least 96,900 euros and the convertible is available from 104,900 euros.
Optics: Illuminated kidneys are standard with the facelift
A particularly noticeable change concerns the kidneys: they are illuminated ex-works after the facelift. In addition, the individual kidney rods are now given a U-shape. With the now-standard M sports package, the facelifted 8 Series appears even more dynamic. In addition to aprons and sills with a sporty design and painted in the vehicle color, it includes horizontal struts in the lower air intakes at the front and a diffuser inserts in the rear apron in anthracite metallic.
19-inch wheels in a double-spoke design with mixed tires are now standard, as are M sport brakes with blue calipers. The most powerful regular 8-series, the M850i, still drives on 20-inch wheels, has an even more powerful M sports brake system and an M sports differential. With the facelift, it also gets new, more aerodynamically designed side mirrors in the style of the M8.
Four new paint shades complement the existing color palette, and there is also a new M Sport package Pro, which is called the “M Performance Package” for the M850i. In both cases, it includes black brake calipers, darkened lights, and, for the coupe, a black M rear spoiler. A new, cool item on the options list: If desired, BMW will swap the regular logos on the bonnet, trunk lid, and wheel hubs for the BMW Motorsport emblem.
2022 BMW 8 Series Interior
There are no big jumps in the interior either. Thanks to the now-standard M sports package, all 8-series versions now have an M leather steering wheel with shift paddles. The M850i is distinguished by a modified central spoke and decorative stitching in the M colors. Also from the M sports package, both coupe variants and the convertible come with an anthracite-colored headliner, M pedals including footrests for the driver, and special floor mats.
Even the base comes with electrically adjustable multifunction seats including lumbar support and Merino leather interior from BMW Individual with leather-covered dashboard and door panels. Speaking of door panels: Here BMW is now running the buttons in the same decor as the trim strips – previously they were black. BMW is also improving the central display; which grows from 10.25 to 12.3 inches and is now the same size as the digital instrument display.
The facelift does not bring any changes to the engines. The coupe, gran coupe, and Cabrio still come with six or eight cylinders, and the performance hasn’t changed either. The basis is still the BMW 840i. The petrol engine with a three-liter straight-six produces 333 hp. It remains the only engine that is also available with rear-wheel drive; the other two units have all-wheel drive as standard. But you can also get it for the standard petrol engine.
The sole diesel engine works in the 840d. Here, too, there are six cylinders in a row, also with a displacement of three liters. Thanks to the 48-volt mild hybrid system, the 340 hp of the combustion engine is briefly supported by eleven electric hp if required. The most powerful regular 8 remains the M850i with a 4.4-liter V8 and 530 hp.