The Coolest Part About the Facelifted 2023 BMW 8 Series is the Glowing Grille
Starting with its exterior, the BMW 8 Series retains the same bumper and headlights as before. What’s new is the vent design for the lower air intakes, while the grille is now illuminated as standard. Called the "Iconic Glow" grille, there are LED accent lights on the double bridge kidney bars, creating a "waterfall illumination" as BMW calls it. It’s a design trait that was first seen in the X6.
For the 2023 update, the M Sport package is now standard even on the 840i and 840d. There’s also a range of interesting new colors to choose from, namely Skyscraper Grey, San Remo Green, Portimao Blue, BMW Individual Frozen Tanzanite Blue, and BMW Individual Frozen Pure Grey. Topping it all off are two new wheel choices.
Likewise, changes to the interior are very minor. Apart from a new selection of interior trim choices and colors, the iDrive 7 infotainment system now comes with a bigger 12.3-inch screen, which is an upgrade over its predecessor’s 10.25-inch screen. We do wish it got the iDrive 8 infotainment found in the iX and i4, but we guess it’ll take a lot of resources for BMW to rework the dash of a low volume car to accommodate the curved displays.
Powertrain options for the 2023 BMW 8 Series and M8 remain unchanged. The 840i and 840d come with a 3.0-liter straight-six turbo gas and diesel engine, respectively. The former’s engine produces 335 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque while the latter produces the same horsepower but torque is at 516 pound-feet.
The top-of-the-range M850i is still powered by the same 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 as before, producing 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. An eight-speed automatic comes as standard, while the xDrive all-wheel drive (AWD) system is standard on all engines except for the 840i, which is an optional extra if you want its gasoline straight-six.
Also new for 2023 for the M850i is an optional M Sport Package Professional, which adds black brake calipers, black kidney grille, black rear spoiler, and M Shadowline on the headlights. The M850i will also come with the classic BMW M logo celebrating BMW M’s 50th anniversary.
The 2023 BMW 8 Series will begin production this March, and its pricing for the United States is unchanged. The 8 Series Coupe and Gran Coupe will still start at $85,000, while the 8 Series Convertible will start at $94,000. All prices exclude the $995 destination charge.
BMW will also introduce a special edition 8 X Jeff Koons Edition. The special edition model will be unveiled on February 17, and it will come with 11 multi-layer exterior paint choices as well as an interior with the "very finest leather".