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2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: October 16, 2020

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The German automotive giant BMW has launched its 8 series line up for the year 2021 in Coupe, Convertible, and Gran Coupe body styles. The BMW 8 series is a wide series having 6 cars consisting of 3 base models, 3 body styles and also their M-spec counterparts. The 8 series of BMW is one of the hottest lineups on offer with all the cars giving high performance. The BMW 840i convertible has a 3.0-liter inline-6 engine that traps the power of 335 horses under the hood. 

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Pros

More than expected cargo space

Comfortable for long drives

Refined and luxurious interior

Cons

Namesake rear seats

Poor visibility

What's New?

No major changes from the previous model


Pictures & Videos

Videos
2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible Exterior video

Styles

2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible in Blue Metallic color 2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible in Almandine Brown Metallic color 2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible in Bluestone Metallic color
Blue Metallic

Vehicle images are guides only and may not reflect the model's exact specifications/features– exact specifications/features should be confirmed with the seller.

Ratings

Features

9.9

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

8.0

Interior

9.0

Exterior

9.0

Safety

9.9

Competition

9.0

Final Verdict

9.1

9.1

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible 840i

840i

power
335 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded
mpg
24 combined

$100,300 - $97,400


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
840i 2dr Convertible (3.0L 6cyl 8AM) Starting at $97,400 MSRP (22/24/29) 335 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3 L, Inline 6, Premium unleaded
8-speed Automatic w/overdrive and auto-manual rear wheel drive 4
840i xDrive 2dr Convertible AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8AM) Starting at $100,300 MSRP (20/23/27) 335 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3 L, Inline 6, Premium unleaded
8-speed Automatic w/overdrive and auto-manual all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

9.1

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The car is rivaled by Jaguar F-TYPE, the Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet and the Mercedes-Benz SL 450 cabriolet. Here is our take on the 2021 BMW 840i convertible that is soon going to be on sale in the market.


9.9/10
Features

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

8.0/10
Fuel Economy

9.0/10
Interior

9.0/10
Exterior

9.9/10
Safety

9.0/10
Competition

9.1/10
Final Verdict


2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible Features

9.9/10

The BMW 8 Series Convertible is offered in two trims the base 840i convertible and 840i Xdrive convertible.

2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible third quarter view

The only difference between these two is drivetrain; the former is a rear-wheel-drive (RWD) whereas the latter is an all-wheel-drive (AWD). Apart from this, there is no difference between the two trims.

Trim

BMW 840i Convertible

BMW 840i Xdrive Convertible

MRSP (RWD)

$97,400

-

MSRP (AWD)

-

$100,300

Key Features

Active kidney grille

All-wheel drive system

  Sports exhaust system

 

  Driving dynamics control

 

  Dynamic damper control

 

  18-inch V-spoke light-alloy wheels

 

  Chrome-line exterior trim

 

  Instrument panel with Nappa leather finish

 

  12-speaker Harman Kardon Surround sound system

 

  Rollover protection system

 

The base trim priced at $101,625 comes with RWD drivetrain, Active kidney grille, Sport exhaust system and 12 speakers premium Harman Kardon Surround sound system. Both the trims have the same features and mechanism and we can say both are a carbon copy of each other except the drivetrain.

2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible Maintenance, Reliability and Warranty

In general, BMWs are very reliable cars and the 840i continues with the trend. The German standard has been well maintained by BMW in the 8 series to justify its position and worth in the market.

Reliability and Ownership costs

As mentioned earlier, BMW’s are always reliable and trustworthy. If you are buying a BMW then there is no need to sweat over its reliability too much, as they have been featured in the top 5 reliable brands many times. Coming from the brand top-end lineup, 840i convertible is surely a reliable choice. JD Power has given the 8 Series a predicted reliability rating of 3 out of 5. The 2020 model was reviewed by JD Power and it received an overall score of 83 out of a hundred.

Talking about ownership costs BMW’s have been a bit on the costlier side than the others in the market but they are always worth the money you spend on them. The 840i convertible is costlier than most of its rivals but the offerings are also higher than its rivals which make it competitive and worth it. The annual maintenance of the 840i convertible is around $1200 to $1600 which is slightly higher than Mercedes or Audi but doesn’t make any difference in overall ownership cost as the owner has to shell out some money on maintenance of such performance-based and luxurious cars.

Year 

Price

2016

N/A

2017

N/A

2018

N/A

2019

$121,400

2020

$100,300

On average, a BMW 840i convertible will cost you over $100,000 (Which includes all additional fees) and any car under this segment will cost nearly the same. The above table shows the price for the 840i Xdrive variant for the previous years. The prices for the 2018 and further are not available because the second generation 8 series were only introduced to the market in 2019 after a 10-year break.

Warranty

BMW offers 4 years or 50,000 miles of warranty whichever occurs first, moreover, it also offers 24/7 roadside assistance and towing to the nearest BMW dealer. The warranty provides free replacement of parts and complimentary services at regular intervals. Apart from this Corrosion warranty is offered for a duration of 12 years with no restriction on miles.

Type of Warranty

Duration

Limited warranty

4 years or 50,000 miles

Powertrain warranty 

4 years or 50,000 miles

Rust Perforation / Corrosion Warranty

12 years Unlimited Miles

24-hour Road-side assistance

4year/unlimited miles

BMW dealers also offer an extended warranty that covers your vehicle for 3 years and 50,000 miles more than the standard warranty that brings to a total of 7 years or 100,000 miles of warranty. It is advised to buy an extended warranty as BMW’s parts are costly and the money spent on buying a warranty is better than spending later on costly parts.

Miles per Dollar

In this we will be factoring the annual maintenance cost and how many miles the car runs on average in a year. However, we do not have the data for the annual maintenance figures for the BMW 8-Series Convertible, but we are expecting it to have a very high mile to dollars ration. 

2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible Buying Advice

We recommend you go for the AWD version as it provides better acceleration and torque figures. Among the competition, 840i has a better value proposition and comes with better reliability.

Is buying a used BMW 8 Series Convertible a good idea?

BMW 8 Series depreciates fast than its rivals and has a lower resale value. Being the top-end model, ownership costs are way too expensive. Buying a used 8 Series is not a good idea as it burns more money from your pocket in terms of maintenance and repair costs. So, it is always good to go for a new one.

2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The BMW 840i houses a 3.0-liter inline-6 engine which generates 335hp and 368 lb.-ft of torque. The engine is paired with an 8-speed sports automatic gearbox which delivers the power to the wheels very efficiently.

2021 BMW 8-Series Convertible 3.0L I6 Engine

The transmission is well calibrated and does not feel clunky as it used to be. There is also a presence of paddle-shifters, which come mounted on the steering wheel, for the times, the enthusiast within you demands more than just a regular shot of thrill.

Models

2021 BMW 840i Convertible (Expected)

2020 Jaguar F-TYPE 380 R-Dynamic

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

2020 Mercedes-Benz SL 450 Cabriolet

MSRP

$100,300

$87,400

$110,200

$91,000

Engine

3L Twin-turbo Inline-6

3L Supercharged V6

3L Twin-turbo Flat-6

3L Twin-turbo V6

Drivetrain

RWD

RWD

RWD

RWD

Transmission

8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

8-speed Automatic

9-speed Automatic

Horsepower

335 hp @ 5,000 rpm

380 hp @ 6,500 rpm

379 hp @ 6,500 rpm

362 hp @ 5,500 rpm

Torque

368 lb.-ft @ 1,600 rpm

339 lb.-ft @ 3,500 rpm

331 lb.-ft @ 1,950 rpm

367 lb.-ft @ 2,000 rpm

While comparing the BMW 840i with rivals, the power produced by the 840i falls short and is lowest of all but when it comes to torque 840i is the boss. Although you cannot term 840i an angry monster or a beast it is just a car with average figures. The inline 6 engine is just okay for the 840i, and some changes could have easily made it better than the others.

2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible Acceleration and Braking Performance

The BMW’s 3 Liter engine enables 840i to sprint and touch the 60mph mark in just 5.0 sec from idle. The figures for 840i are good. However, not great as there are cars in the segment which give better figures than that of 840i.

2021 BMW 8-Series Convertible

The braking performance of the 8 series is also on the bright side stopping the vehicle from 60-0MPH in just 110ft.

Models

2021 BMW 840i Convertible (Expected)

2020 Jaguar F-TYPE 380 R-Dynamic

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

2020 Mercedes-Benz SL 450 Cabriolet

0-60 MPH

5.0 seconds

4.8 seconds

4.2 seconds

4.9 seconds

Quarter Mile

13.4 seconds

13.4 seconds

12.7 seconds

13.2 seconds

Top Speed

155 mph

200 mph

190 mph

160 mph

60-0 MPH

110 ft

113 ft

106 ft

115 ft

The Bavarians have put a lot of effort into building the 8 series but just fall short while competing with the rivals. If we consider the 0-60 timings, then 840i is the slowest of all and even in the quarter-mile, the results are the same. All these drawbacks of 840i clearly leave a lot of room for improvement.

2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible Fuel Economy

8.0/10

The BMW 840i is surely going to give you a ride filled with excitement and thrill but at the same time, it will also keep your pockets safe with its low fuel demand. The 840i manages to churn out 22 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, a combined mileage of 24, which is pretty good for a car giving such performance.

Model

2021 BMW 840i Convertible (Expected)

2020 Jaguar F-TYPE 380 R-Dynamic

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

2020 Mercedes-Benz SL 450 Cabriolet

MPG (City)

22

19

18

20

MPG (Highway)

29

27

23

28

MPG (Combined)

24

22

20

22

Fuel Capacity

18.0 gallons

18.5 gallons

16.9 gallons

16.9 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

396/522/432

352/500/407

304/389/338 

396/554/371

This is where BMW 840i stands undefeated; the mileage given by 840i is better than all its rivals making it the most fuel-efficient car in the segment. The fuel capacity of 18 gallons is good enough to have a long ride with only a few stops at fuel stations.

2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible Interior

9.0/10

The cabin of 840i is surely a nice place to be in; the interior is so well designed that it looks luxurious as well as aggressive at the same time. The interior of 8 series cars has become the face of the Bavarian’s hard work and dedication towards their cars. Furthermore, talking about interior space, the front row has an ample amount of space that allows you to stretch your hands and legs to the fullest without any hindrance. 

2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible Rear seat

The seats are well cushioned and ventilated for the comfort of the occupants and are covered with Nappa or Merino leather upholstery giving it a decent yet attractive look. The cabin is soundproof, and occupants feel relaxed and cozy inside the cabin. Although the company claims that 840i has a seating capacity of four but practically it seems difficult for four grownups to sit and have a ride in the 840i. The space in the second row can barely occupy children so accommodating adults is out of the question.

Model

2021 BMW 840i Convertible (Expected)

2020 Jaguar F-TYPE 380 R-Dynamic

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

2020 Mercedes-Benz SL 450 Cabriolet

Seating Capacity

4

2

4

2

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.9/57.2/42.1

37.0/56.5/43.0

38.6/56.6/41.8

39.1/55.5/53.6

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

34.7/45.7/29.5

N/A

34.5/45.1/28.8

N/A

The space offered by 840i is equivalent to its rivals and no huge difference is visible between them except for the BMW and Porsche having a rear seat. Furthermore, the interior of BMW feels more appealing than the others and this is all because of premium craftsmanship which goes missing in the others. However, Porsche and Jaguar offer a blend of color tones in the interior to make it look sportier than the 840i.

What tech does the 2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible comes loaded with?

Well, the 2021 840i comes with the same tech and has no changes with respect to the 2020 version. The vehicle comes with an iDrive 7.0 infotainment system which runs on a 10.25" touchscreen panel stacked at the center of the dashboard which provides you with all the vital driving and media information. Leaving the central screen aside, it also features BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional 12.3-inch digital instrument panel which gives you all the necessary driving stats and information. The infotainment panel can be operated via touch, voice and iDrive touchpad controller. The system supports Android Auto and Apple Carplay and has been enabled with Bluetooth 5.0 to

2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible Cargo space

provide you with seamless connectivity. The iDrive software is responsive and user friendly, anybody can get habituated with it in a couple of days. The system is paired with a 12 speaker Harman Kardon surround sound system. The speakers are placed at each and every corner and edges of the cabin to give the best audio experience.

Prominent features of the Infotainment system: -

  • SiriusXM AM/FM/HD/Satellite with seek-scan
  • Premium amplifier
  • Wireless phone connectivity
  • Head-up display
  • Navigation
  • Bluetooth
  • 32 GB multimedia storage
  • Over-the-Air traffic updates
  • 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound audio system
  • Wi-Fi Hotspot with complimentary 3-month or 3GB trial internet access
  • Steering-wheel mounted audio controls
  • Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
  • Voice control
2021 BMW 8 Series basic Convertible front seats
2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible
2021 BMW 8 Series basic Convertible front seats and stering wheel
2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible
2021 BMW 8 Series basic Convertible rear seats
2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible Rear seat
2021 BMW 8 Series basic Convertible cargo area
2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible Cargo area
2021 BMW 8 Series basic Convertible shift knob
2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible Shift knob

2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible Exterior

9.0/10

The 2021 BMW 840i leaves a strong impact on roads with its bold and sporty looks, its wide muscular stance, solid lines and sharp angles make the exterior of the car appealing and therapy for your eyes. The front end of the car comes with a signature blacked-out kidney grille which is framed by a pair of adaptive LED headlamps with the BMW logo on the top of the grille.

2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible

The convertible rooftop is made of a flexible textile that comes in black color with anthracite silver as an option.

Model

2021 BMW 840i Convertible (Expected)

2020 Jaguar F-TYPE 380 R-Dynamic

2020 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

2020 Mercedes-Benz SL 450 Cabriolet

Curb Weight

4211 lbs.

3558 lbs.

3508 lbs.

3825 lbs.

Length

191.1"

176.0"

177.9"

182.3"

Width

84.1"

74.2"

72.9"

73.9"

Height

52.7"

51.5"

51.1"

51.2"

Ground Clearance

5.0"

4.0"

4.6"

3.7"

Wheelbase

111.1"

103.2"

96.5"

101.8"

As depicted in the measurement above, the BMW 840i convertible serves with more in every aspect. The vehicle is heavier, longer, wider and higher than its rivals.

2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible Side view

Ground clearance of 5.0" is the highest in the segment whereas wheelbase of 111.1" is the longest offering in the segment. BMW has worked a lot on the exteriors of the car to make it a bit different from the cars competing in the segment.

2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible  Front view
2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible three quarter view
2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible
2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible  left side view
2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible Rear seat Side view
2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible rear view
2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible Rear view
2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible  tail lights
2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible Tail light

2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible Safety

9.9/10

The 2021 version or the previous versions have not been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Apart from the ratings, the build quality of the BMW 840i convertible is of high standards and to make the vehicle safe and durable. The frame of the car is built from high strength steel which enhances the impact strength and assures minimal loss during a collision. Apart from this BMW 840i convertible comes loaded with safety features to provide the driver and occupants with additional safety.

Some noteworthy safety features of BMW 840i convertible: -

  • Electronic stability
  • Frontal Collision Warning w/City Collision Mitigation
  • Integrated rollover protection
  • Remote activated perimeter/approach lights
  • Remote keyless entry
  • Side Impact bars

2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible Competition

9.0/10

2021 BMW 840i Convertible V/S Jaguar F Type P380-R

These two cars are better in their aspects. Still, if you compare these two cars then Jaguar comes out to be a more powerful and dynamic sports car than BMW whereas the latter is more reliable and efficient with wider and longer dimensions than Jaguar. Jaguar thrills you with the speed and performance whereas BMW provides you with smoothness and better ride quality. The one big advantage which Jaguar has is the price, Jaguar F Type is nearly $12,000 cheaper than 840i convertible. Still, both are good cars and it all depends on the needs and preferences of the buyer.

2021 jaguar F Type P380-R Convertible

2021 BMW 840i Convertible V/S Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

These two cars have a good history of rivalry and have always given a tough fight. As we know, performance-wise Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet is better than BMW 840i Convertible and 911 gives you more thrill and sporty feeling than 840i. The 911 is a bit on a compact side whereas 840i convertible has a wider and bolder stance. The mileage of the 840i is better and the ownership cost is low when compared with 911. Although Porsche is a reliable car 840i can be trusted more in the long run. If you are a performance freak and more into sports cars, then 911 is surely your taste and if efficiency and class are your taste then 840i will surely suit you.

2021 Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

2021 BMW 8 Series Convertible Final Verdict

9.1/10

2021 BMW 840i Convertible has got most of your needs covered and going for it is a good idea and worth your hard-earned money. Although we have stated that 840i Convertible has less power, it is just with respect to the competitors. Besides that BMW 840i convertible has everything- Reliability, bolder exterior, elegant interior, efficient engine, good ride quality, safety, stuffed with features and what not so it is definitely worth a go and you will surely not regret later for your choice.

Used BMW 8 Series Convertible for Sale

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