To honour 30 years since the Australian release of the shark-nosed ‘E31’ 8 Series BMW Australia has crafted a special edition 840i model.
The 2021 BMW 8 Series Heritage Edition will be available in three matte colours with matching interiors and is set to launch in Australia by the fourth quarter of this year.
If you like the look of this special edition you’ll need to get in fast, as only nine Heritage Edition examples are coming to Australia priced from $189,900 plus on-road costs.
Every Heritage Edition is based on the 840i M Sport grade of and will be available in coupe ($192,900), convertible ($207,900) and four-door Gran Coupe body styles.
Over the standard 840i M Sport specification, BMW includes a choice of three individual matte paint colours (normally $2,800) matched with merino leather upholstery inside.
BMW has teamed Frozen Marina Bay Blue with black leather upholstery. Meanwhile, Ivory White cow-hide adorns black cars and the silver examples get terracotta brown ‘Tartufo’ leather. One other giveaway is the numbered ‘Heritage Edition 1/9’ plaque found inside each car.
Inside BMW has fitted heated and cooled front seats and a heated armrest. For music lovers, there is a Harman Kardon sound system and plush extended Nappa leather dash upholstery.
Additionally, the Heritage Edition can be identified by the 20-inch alloy wheels finished in black with red M Sport brake calipers hidden behind.
Aside from the exterior colour and design tweaks, the Heritage Edition is business as usual and sits below the V8-powered M850i. BMW’s venerable 3.0L turbocharged straight-six petrol engine features with 250kW of power and 500Nm of torque available.
Unlike the M340i xDrive, the 840i is RWD only. That’s partly why BMW hasn’t uprated the 8’s ‘B58’ engine to the 285kW tune found in the smaller sedan. Still, the grand tourer is capable of reaching 100km/h in as little as five seconds.
The 840i uses a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and distributes its power via a limited-slip differential as standard.
Other features include adaptive M Sport suspension and driver assistance features like active cruise control, lane-trace assist and a 360-degree monitor.
The 840i Heritage Edition is available to order now with examples landing in Australia toward the end of this year.
Prices listed are before on-road costs.
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