BMW has given its flagship offering globally, the 8-Series, its first-ever facelift ever since its launch in 2018. The updates to the 8-Series and its sportier version, the M8, are limited to cosmetic changes in and out.
2022 BMW 8-Series – Variants
The new facelifted BMW 8-Series will now be available in a total of six variants – 8-Series Coupe, 8-Series Convertible, 8-Series Gran Coupe, M8 Competition Coupe, M8 Competition Convertible and M8 Competition Gran Coupe. With this facelift, BMW has discontinued the non-Competition variants from the M8 lineup.
2022 BMW 8-Series – Exterior changes
BMW has retained the original shape of both two-door coupe and convertible and four-door gran coupe versions of the 8-Series. The updates to the exterior design of the BMW 8-Series are limited to minute cosmetic changes. At the front, the size and design of the double kidney grille of the 8-Series remain unchanged, but they now get the feature of ‘iconic glow’, which can light up the grille in dark conditions. The M8 variants also get Shadowline headlights with dark inserts, M-wing outside rearview mirrors and a blacked-out finish for the brake callipers, front grille and rear boot-mounted spoiler. For the new 8-Series, BMW has introduced five new paint scheme options and two options for alloy wheel design.
2022 BMW 8-Series – Interior changes
On the inside, the new BMW 8-Series now gets Marino leather upholstery as standard. Apart from that, the car now gets a larger 12.3-inch touchscreen infotainment system with all the modern connectivity features and BMW’s latest iDrive software. The M8 variants further get M Carbon bucket seats, exposed CFRP inserts, illuminated M8 badges on the seat headrests and heated front and rear seats. While the M8 variants come with Merino leather upholstery, one can also opt for Alcantara draped upholstery at an additional cost.
2022 BMW 8-Series – Engine and transmission
BMW has not made any changes to the powertrain options of the 8-Series. The standard variants of the 8-Series continue to get the 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six engine with rear-wheel-drive configuration, which produces 335 bhp of maximum power and 500 Nm of maximum torque. On the other hand, the more powerful M8 Competition variants get a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 petrol engine with an all-wheel drive configuration, that makes 617 bhp of power and 750 Nm of torque.
2022 BMW 8-Series – Will it come to India?
BMW is currently selling three variants of the 8-Series in India – 840i Gran Coupe, 840i M Sport Edition and M8 Coupe (non-Competition version). The updated BMW 8-Series will surely make its way to the Indian shores before the end of 2022 and will take on sports cars like Audi RS7 Sportback, Porsche 911, Porsche Panamera, Jaguar F-Type and Maserati Quattroporte.