The Parkers Verdict
We’ve not experienced such a broad spread of chassis and drivetrain characteristics before either – without overegging it the 8 Series feels like two different cars depending on whether you had it set in Comfort or Sport+.
The term grand tourer has for a while signified a jack-of-all-trades that is neither as comfy as a limo or fun to drive as a sports car – a big coupe hamstrung by compromise and expensive enough to be replaced by two cheaper, more focused cars.
In terms of comfort and refinement, the 8 series is very impressive indeed; in terms of driving fun, its handling is very impressive on both road and track, although subjectively it’s not as fun or exciting as a more traditional GT such as an Aston Martin.
We’ll reserve final judgement until we’ve driven the car in right-hand drive configuration on British shores, but for now at least, it seems that the BMW 8 Series Coupe is a seriously multi-talented car.