The BMW 8 Series arrived in 2018, and the German automaker is ready to refresh the model. For 2023, the 8 Series Coupe, Cabriolet, and Gran Coupe saloon are getting a mild makeover inside and out. This is a mid-cycle refresh, so there aren’t many changes to note, but BMW did make some improvements customers should appreciate.

Inside, the biggest change will be in the dash where BMW replaces the 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster with its 12.3-inch Live Cockpit Professional display. One could say the more substantial changes are on the outside, but BMW doesn’t change much. The 2023 8 Series receives a new illuminated grille featuring redesigned u-shaped vertical bars. The trick grille activates when the vehicle is unlocked or when a door is opened. The driver can manually turn off the feature.

Gallery: 2022 BMW 8er Coupé

BMW also gives the updated model five new colours – Skyscraper Grey metallic, San Remo Green metallic, Portimao Blue metallic, BMW Individual Frozen Tanzanite Blue metallic, and Frozen Pure Grey – and two new optional wheel choices.

The M850i xDrive coupe, convertible, and Gran Coupe models receive a few more upgrades. The model gets the M exterior mirrors initially designed exclusively for the BMW M8 and an M badge in the grille. A new optional M Sport Package Professional is available for the M850i xDrive coupe that adds black calipers, a black kidney grille, a black spoiler, and Shadowline headlights with dark inserts.

All M850i xDrive models will be offered with the classic BMW Motorsport logo on the bonnet, boot, and wheel hubs in place of the traditional BMW roundel. The company is celebrating 50 years of BMW M GmbH, and the BMW says the new logo is reminiscent of the first one BMW used on its racing cars in 1973.

Gallery: 2022 BMW 8er Cabriolet

UK production for the refreshed BMW 8 Series will begin this March, with the entry-level price unchanged from the 2022 model year. That means the 2023 Coupe and Gran Coupe will start at £72,225. The 2022 8 Series Convertible starts at £81,725.

The diesel engine in the BMW 840d xDrive variant has been dropped across all three body-styles in the UK leaving a choice of either the range-topping V8 M850i xDrive or the 40i six-cylinder engines with 328 bhp 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder petrol engine.

Model

Power (PS)

Torque (Nm)

0-62mph (s)

Top speed (mph)

Fuel economy (l/100km)

CO2 emissions (g/km)

Starting Price RRP

840i Gran Coupe

333

500

5.4

155

8.6 – 8.2

197 – 186

£72,225

840i Coupe

333

500

5.2

155

8.3 – 8.0

191 – 183

£74,725

840i Convertible

333

500

5.5

155

8.5 – 8.2

195 – 188

£81,725

M850i xDrive Gran Coupe

530

750

3.9

155

11.0 – 10.8

252 – 246

£101,215

M850i xDrive Coupe

530

750

3.9

155

10.8 – 10.6

247 – 242

£103,715

M850i xDrive Convertible

530

750

4.1

155

10.9 – 10.8

248 – 246

£110,715

However, BMW will introduce the 8 X Jeff Koons edition 8 Series before production begins. It’ll be a very limited edition 850i xDrive Gran Coupe that BMW will present on February 17. The company says the car features a “multi-layer exterior finish in eleven colours,” while the interior will have “the very finest leather” and more. The Alpina B8 Gran Coupe will enjoy the 8 Series’ new grille, display, and colour choices.

Gallery: 2022 BMW 8er Gran Coupé