The 8 Series comes as a luxury two-door coupe, convertible, or four-door sedan.
It faces off against other six-figure boutique cruiser-type cars, blending luxury appointments, high-tech features, prodigious power, and exclusivity.
The 8 is available with a six- or eight-cylinder turbocharged engine, each mated to an eight-speed automatic and featuring all-wheel drive.
We found the six-cylinder to be silky-smooth and plenty powerful, but the V8 brings a glorious sound.
The convertible has a soft top that can be opened and closed on the move and an optional warm-air vent in the head restraint.
As is endemic to this type of car, cabin access, outward visibility, and interior room are compromised.
Standard active safety features include FCW and city-speed AEB, but highway-speed AEB, BSW, and RCTW are optional.
Many cars costing far less include these as standard equipment.