Nearly a month ago, BMW unveiled the 8 Series Gran Coupe with an 840i base version that at the time was not available for its two-door siblings. The company’s U.S. branch is now addressing this issue by introducing the entry-level flavor for the 8 Series Coupe and Convertible available from $87,900 and $97,400, respectively. Should you want xDrive instead of the standard tail-happy setup, the AWD-equipped 840i Coupe retails for $97,400 and the 840i xDrive Convertible from $100,300. Previously, the cheapest 8er in North America was the M850i xDrive Coupe from $111,900. All prices exclude the $995 destination and handling charges.
You’ll be losing two cylinders by getting the 840i instead of the M850i, but that shouldn’t be much of an issue considering the 3.0-liter inline-six packs a healthy 335 horsepower and 368 pound-feet (500 Newton-meters) of torque. Get the coupe in RWD form and it’ll do 0 to 60 mph in a not-too-shabby 4.7 seconds, while xDrive will slash three-tenths of a second to enable a 4.4s sprint. Due to its increased weight, the equivalent convertible needs 5 seconds when configured with rear-wheel drive and 4.6s with AWD.
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Regardless of the 840i you go for, all of them come with an electronic top speed limiter programmed to kick in at 155 mph (250 kph) when the car is equipped with performance tires. If it has all-season rubber, the limiter is activated at 130 mph (209 kph).
Even though the 840i is now effectively the entry point into the 8 Series lineup, it still packs plenty of standard equipment. From a head-up display and rearview camera to soft-close doors and adaptive LED headlights, the 8 Series is brimming with kit. It goes beyond that as BMW also throws in dynamic damper control, keyless entry, and sport seats, while wireless charging and a Harman Kardon sound system are also included.
While the rear-wheel-drive models come with an M Sport differential, the xDrive ones have four-wheel steering. All of them ride on 18-inch alloys and boast an automatic transmission, plus other goodies like heated steering wheel, front seat armrests, and Wi-Fi hotspot. At an additional cost, an M Sport Package is available, as are various safety and assistance systems.
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