With its four-door body design, the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé combines everyday practicality and supreme handling with the latest innovations in control/operation, driver assistance and connectivity.
The new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé is the only model in its segment derived directly from a two-door sports car. It is a consequence of development alongside the new BMW 8 Series Coupé and M8 GTE racing car, which competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC) in North America. The world premiere of the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé will be a highlight of the inaugural BMW Group #NEXTGen event in Munich on 25 June and the UK launch of the new car will commence in September 2019.
The design of the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé’s flanks and rear end distinguishes it from its 8 Series stablemates. The four-door model has a 3,023-millimetre wheelbase – an increase of 201mm over the BMW 8 Series Coupé – and measures 5,082mm in length (+231mm), 1,932mm in width (+30mm) and 1,407mm in height (+61mm). The front track width of 1,627mm is the same as the two-door car’s, while the rear track of 1,671mm is 28mm wider, making it the widest of any current BMW model.
The Gran Coupé’s front section is identical to the 8 Series Coupé’s design up to the start of the A-pillars. Because the windscreen frame is slightly more upright, the roofline rises to a greater height by the time it reaches the front seats, meaning additional front and rear headroom. The rear window follows a slightly steeper line in order to produce a larger boot aperture and the surface contouring around the C-pillars has been facilitated by a rear window that forms a fixed part of the body structure and a conventional boot lid. These two design features also have a positive impact on the body’s torsional rigidity and acoustic comfort in the car’s interior. Integrating the antenna technology into the rear window and boot lid has dispensed with the need for a roof fin.
Updates to engine technology have improved power delivery and thrust to go with the acoustic charge from the standard flap-controlled M Sport exhaust system. The new V8 delivers peak torque of 750Nm with a maximum power output of 530hp.
The BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupé accelerates from zero to 62mph in 3.9 seconds with an average fuel consumption of 28.2-28.5mph and combined CO2 emissions of 229g/km.
The 3.0-litre straight-six, twin turbo diesel unit in the 840d xDrive Gran Coupé delivers a peak torque of 680Nm and 320hp. The zero to 62mph sprint takes 5.1 seconds while average fuel consumption is at 44.8-45.6mpg with CO2 emissions of 162g/km.
The newly developed six-cylinder in-line petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology weighs in at around six kilograms less than the engine it replaces and delivers 340hp with improved torque of 500Nm. This enables the new BMW 840i Gran Coupé to dart from zero to 62mph in 5.2 seconds. The new, more efficient straight-six unit returns combined fuel consumption figures of 37.7-38.2mpg for the BMW 840i Gran Coupé together with CO2 emissions of 168g/km.
The instrument panel and door shoulders in the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé are wrapped in full leather as standard. Both the standard leather sports steering wheel and the new BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupé’s M leather steering wheel, which is optionally available for other versions, feature multifunction buttons and shift paddles for manual gear selection.
The centre console incorporates the gear selector lever and the iDrive Controller along with the Driving Experience Control switch, the parking brake and engine start/stop button. At the console’s foremost point there’s the audio control unit, air conditioning control panel, central air vents and the freestanding, frameless Control Display.
The centre console runs through to the rear compartment where it incorporates air vents, a stowage tray, two USB ports and, on models fitted with the optional four-zone automatic climate control, the additional control panel for adjusting the temperature.
The extended centre console is exclusive to the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé model, as is the rear seat unit featuring outer seats styled as individual seats. The rear seats feature lateral support and integral head restraints. There is, though, a third seat nestled between the two outer seats with a complete seatbelt system that is suitable for use on short journeys, making the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé a 4+1-seater.
The new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé is appointed with Aluminium Mesh Effect Dark trim finishers as standard, The Ash Grain Metallic Grey high-gloss fine wood trim can also be found on the options list, alongside the Carbon Fibre variant. Besides this, the range of highly exclusive options composed by BMW Individual includes Piano Finish Black trim and Black Ash Silver Effect high-gloss fine wood trim.
Available to order now, first customer deliveries from September,
Pricing from £69,340