Thursday, 14 November, 2019

BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe adds a usable second row

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe official: 4 doors and M850i flagship BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Unleashed With 523 Horsepower
Cecil Davis | 20 June, 2019, 02:09

It's 30 mm wider, 61 mm taller and 231 mm longer, with four doors instead of two.

Photos of the 8-series Gran Coupe reveal a cabin appropriately luxurious to its asking price. The automaker actually had to update its plant to make sure the platform could fit down the assembly line. It nonetheless offers 15.5 cubic feet of trunk space, which is almost a full cubic feet more than the 8 Series coupe. The windshield is less raked than that of its Coupe sibling, to boost headroom in the front, while the rear glass gets increased rake for an easier to load trunk. A panoramic glass moonroof will come standard, but the M850i xDrive Gran Coupe will eventually be offered with an optional carbon fiber roof.

Inside, there's room for up to five people. As with the 8 Series coupe, the Gran Coupe's interior is plenty sumptuous, with Nappa leather, sport seats and optional crystal accents on the shifter.

Speaking of the latter, the model has an extra 3.4 inches (86.4 mm) of rear seat headroom as well as an additional 7.1 inches (180.3 mm) of legroom. The trunk is 0.7 cubic feet larger, too. If those figures ring a bell, it's because the other 8 Series variants are offered with the same powertrains. It's tuned for 335 hp between 5,000-6,500 rpm, and 386 lb-ft of torque between 1,600-4,500 rpm.

As for performance, the 840i can do the dash to 60 miles per hour in 4.9 seconds; the 840i xDrive shaves that to 4.6 seconds.

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All engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with the 840i and M850i xDrive both featuring an M Sport rear differential. Available in four guises - from the 320hp 840d XDrive, through both rear and all-wheel drive versions of the petrol 840i with 340hp apiece, to the now range-topping M850i with its 530hp V8 - it promises both "smile-inducing performance" and "significantly increased spaciousness". With a sizable bump in power, the M850 takes just 3.7 seconds to hit 60 miles per hour (just one-tenth of a second slower than the Coupe). Ambient LED lighting is standard, as is the BMW Live Cockpit Professional system with a 12.3-inch digital cluster display and a 10.25-inch center console touchscreen. Wireless charging is standard, as is a Wi-Fi hotspot.

Forward-collision warning and low-speed automated emergency braking are standard, and a full suite of driver-assistance systems including adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring is available. Apple CarPlay compatibility is standard, but it'll cost $80 per month to subscribe to it, or buyers can make a one-time payment of $300 and enable the service for 20 years.

BMW says the 2020 840i Gran Coupe will start at $84,900, while the 2020 840i xDrive Gran Coupe will start from $87,800.

To achieve those goals the 8 Series Gran Coupe adds 201mm to the wheel wheelbase, 231mm to its overall length, 30mm to its width and 61mm to its height.

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