BMW adds four-door Gran Coupe to 8 Series line-up

Jun 19, 2019   Vehicle Launch

BMW is expanding its flagship model range with the launch of an 8 Series Gran Coupe that will go on sale in September and start at $85,895.

The addition of the Gran Coupe body style will expand the 8-Series’ reach into a segment that Porsche has had to itself with the Panamera.

The 8 series Gran Coupe rear-wheel drive (840i) and all-wheel drive (840 i xDrive) variants are powered by BMW’s TwinPower Turbo 3.0 litre inline six-cylinder engine. It weighs 13 pounds less than its predecessor, produces 335 hp and can propel the vehicle from 0-to-60 mph in just under 5 seconds.

The M850i xDrive performance variant is equipped with a TwinPower Turbo 4.4 litre, V-8 turbo engine that delivers 523 hp and can sprint from 0-to-60 mph in 3.7 seconds. A new aluminium alloy provides a stronger engine block, BMW said.

Both engines feature an updated eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission.

Larger than the 2-door – with lightweight construction

An aluminium monocoque construction is used for its doors and the outer skin of the roof,
while elements such as the bonnet, front shear panel, engine subframe, front bulkhead and rear bumper support are also made from aluminium. A plastic boot lid, magnesium cockpit support and the use of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic in the centre tunnel all help to both reduce weight and
distribute it to optimum effect. As a result, the four-door version’s weight penalty over the BMW 8 Series Coupe has been limited to around 70 kilogrammes.

Digital interior features and sound system choices

The standard equipment list includes the BMW Live Cockpit Professional, comprising not only the fully digital screen grouping of the instrument cluster and Control Display but also a navigation system and a hard-drive-based multimedia system with 20 GB of memory. The audio system features a digital amplifier with an output of 205 watts and a hi-fi speaker system with nine sound sources arranged throughout the interior. There is also the option of either the Harman Kardon Surround Sound System with an output of 464 watts and 16 speakers or the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, with Diamond loudspeaker technology, fully active 16-channel amplifier with 1,400 watts of music power, dynamic equalising and 16 partly illuminated speakers with stainless steel covers.


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