For 2022 BMW has introduced an 8-Series sports car with more power, more performance, and an available convertible option for less cash.
The 2022 BMW 8-Series Coupe and Convertible have had some slight revisions over last year, mostly for the base 840i. First, the 840i now comes standard with what was the M-sport package last year. While that would’ve made last year’s car the M840i, it’s just called the 840i this year. That package includes an M-Sport steering wheel, an aerodynamic body kit, and special 19-inch wheels. In addition, all trim levels are less expensive this year. The M8 Coupe and M8 Convertible both return to the lineup too.
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Unquestionably premium interior
Great complimentary maintenance
Not the best value for money
Back seats are nearly pointless
Key fob is seriously bulky
Can we have the V12 again?
Maybe the best thing about the 2022 BMW 8-Series is that regardless of engine choice, they’re both fun. The 6-cylinder is one of the most reliable engines BMW makes and that includes its highly enjoyable power band. Strive for the V8 and things only get better with more than 500 horsepower on tap and 600 hp in the proper M version.
Handling is notable because it’s so sharp despite the fact that this is a large car. BMW has included rear-wheel-steering in the 850i and above. It makes for a hilariously tight turning radius in a car this long. In addition, the 8-Series is great on the road too. The adaptive suspension is outstanding and seems to mute all but the worst of roads. Very few companies do as good a job as BMW at providing great feedback in normal and sporty driving while also dampening it when the road gets bad. Part of that success is in part due to the active elements throughout the suspension like the roll bar which can decouple during normal driving and reconnect for more spirited trips.
Braking is equally impressive when considering that the 8-Series is a coupe that weighs over two tons. It’s good enough that, unless you plan on tracking the car with regularity, we wouldn’t recommend the $8,000+ optional carbon ceramic package.
“Surprisingly, the 2022 BMW 8-Series gets around 40 mpg.” Just kidding, the best buyers can hope to do is somewhere around the EPA estimated 25 mpg combined from the 840i model. Go for one of the V8 models and it can go as low as 19 mpg combined. Of course, a heavier foot might result in even lower numbers.
Slip into the seats of the 2022 BMW 8-Series and, no matter the trim level, it feels like it should. It’s luxurious, well-appointed, and there’s not a single blemish anywhere. It’s especially comfortable stock seats provide more adjustment than anyone actually needs, but the same can’t be said of the ones in the back. We’re pretty sure they’re just there for folks to haul around kids, because they won’t work for full-sized adults whatsoever.
Beyond that, everything inside the 8-Series feels nearly perfect. Heated elements extend into the armrests, both on the doors and in the center. The only loud noises heard from outside of the cabin are from the V8 rumbling away as you put the pedal down.
Putting a USB-C port in front of the space where most will insert their mobile device seems like an odd choice. When the cord is plugged in, it directly blocks easy access to the device. In addition, visibility is only average thanks to large pillars.
You know something is up when we start the tech talk with a quick discussion on the key fob. In fact, in all my time writing about cars, I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned a key fob. The issue here is that the fob for the 2022 BMW 8-Series is basically the size of an old-school Motorola SLVR phone.
The fob itself has a small, laggy display and it just doesn’t do enough to make us feel like it’s worth having to carry its chunky self around. At the same time, buyers can just download the BMW app onto their mobile device to unlock and start the car. That’s absolutely the way to go.
Beyond that, the rest of the tech very quickly makes you forget about the large fob. The standard sound system inside the 8-Series is outstanding. Convertible 8-Series models get 12 speakers and the hardtop cars get 16. The premium B&W option is a better sound system, but it’s not so much better that we’d recommend paying for it.
The displays inside the 2022 BMW 8-Series are beautiful and feature great resolution, outstanding configurability, and some really cool tech. That includes the ability to simply hover a finger over the radio preset to see what you have programmed into that switch. These might be the best screens in the business considering how futuristic they are.
While we’d love to see more advanced technology find its way into the base 8-Series, it’s notable that all of them will include forward collision mitigation and a very high-resolution backup camera. Adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning are both available as well. The NHTSA and the IIHS have yet to fully test the 2022 BMW 8-Series.
The base 2022 BMW 8-Series is powered by a 335 horsepower inline-6 engine that feeds power to the rear wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission. The 840i has three drive modes available, Eco Pro, Comfort, and Sport. M Sport brakes, an M Sport differential, 19-inch wheels, heated mirrors, a 12.3-inch driver information display, and a 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration are all standard features. In addition, it gets dynamic cruise control, keyless entry and ignition, remote start, LED headlights, and a 16-speaker sound system. BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system is optional, as is a convertible version with nearly identical features.
The M850i comes with xDrive as standard equipment. Under the hood is a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 that makes 523 horsepower. It also gets active steering with rear-axle steering ability (an option on the 840i), an Active M Suspension with Active Roll Stabilization, 20-inch wheels, as well as heated and ventilated front seats.
Bump up to the actual BMW M8 Competition and you’ll get the same motor, but now it makes 617 horsepower. It also comes with the ability to adjust braking performance on the fly, unique 20-inch M-Spoke wheels, an active track mode, and a heads up display.
BMW does a nice job of taking good care of its new car customers with a 4-year/50,000-mile limited and powertrain warranty. To make things better, all 2022 BMW 8-Series models will be covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles with complimentary maintenance.
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The 2022 BMW 8-Series is excess in one seriously pleasurable form. It’s probably happiest on boulevards and parkways more than a racetrack, but the fact that it can do both and provide incredible luxury and performance at the same time is a lasting testament.