BMW is reviving the 8 Series for 2018 and it’s time for a midlife refresh with the introduction of the BMW 8 Series Coupe 2023 Convertible and Gran Coupe, revealed together for the first time today. Keep in mind that since this is a refresh and not a complete redesign, the changes are not major and nothing has been changed under the hood.
Starting with the exterior, the designers gave the Series 8 2023 a new illuminated grille with redesigned U-shaped vertical bars. The lighting is activated after the car is unlocked or the door is opened. The driver can turn it off manually. Five new exterior colors are also available: Skyscraper Gray metallic, San Remo Green metallic, Portimao Blue metallic, BMW Individual Frozen Tanzanite Blue metallic, and Frozen Pure Grey. Two new 20-inch wheel designs are also available.
For 2023, there’s a new optional M Sport Package Professional attached to the Shadowline trim with a black kidney grille, black calipers for the M Sport brakes, M Shadowline headlights, and a black M rear spoiler specifically for the M850i xDrive Coupe. As part of the M division’s 50th anniversary, all M850i drives can be equipped with the BMW Motorsport class logo on the hood, trunk, and wheel hub covers. It is a tribute to the M emblem which was first used in 1973.
Entering the cabin will find the BMW Live Cockpit Professional as the new standard fare. It consists of a 12.3-inch instrument cluster, a similarly sized touchscreen (instead of the usual 10.25-inch), and the latest (now seventh) generation iDrive.
For the record, there’s also a Series 8 X Jeff Koons (American artist) edition 8, limited to the 850i xDrive Gran Coupe, which will be revealed on February 17th. No images are available yet, but BMW says it will feature “the finest leather trim and other beautiful materials.” BMW further notes that the 2023 Alpina B8 is also set to receive an 8-series facelift update, such as a new grille, larger touchscreen, and additional body color options.
Production of the 8 series 2023 lineup for the US market will start at March and prices for the new Coupe and Gran Coupe will start at $85,000, while the Convertible will start at $94,400.