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.