BMW stretches the 8 Series in 2020 Gran Coupe
Find the all-new BMW 8 Series Coupe impractical? There's now a new four-door version of the revived nameplate and it's as big and imposing as its two-door brethren. Say hello to the 2020 8 Series Gran Coupe.
Following the reveal of the M8 just a few weeks prior, the new four-door coupe replaces the previous 6 Series Gran Coupe and serves as the latest model in the 8 Series range besides the convertible.
Longer and wider than the standard 8 Series, the latest Gran Coupe is bigger than the old 6 Series range. Side-by-side with the two-door, the new four-door measures 231mm longer in length, and has a 201mm extended wheelbase. This allowed BMW to put in the extra two doors, and make a more spacious rear cabin. But despite its bigger dimensions, the all-new four-door keeps the distinct styling of its two-door counterparts. That means it still has the long hood, short deck design that gives it a sleek demeanor.
Want it to have an even sportier look? The new 8 Series Gran Coupe can also come with the M Sport Package, giving it the following extras: larger air intakes, bespoke side skirts and rear apron, 19- or 20-inch lightweight M alloy wheels, M Sport brakes, M leather steering wheel, and illuminated door sill plates. A Chrome Line exterior pack, as well as the M Carbon exterior package gives the four-door some extra pizzazz.
Like its stablemates, the 8 Series Gran Coupe gets a fairly straightforward cabin similar to the two-door versions. From its three-spoke leather steering wheel, leather upholstery all around, iDrive infotainment system, as well as a heads-up display and digital instruments surround the cabin of the Gran Coupe. Other amenities such as four-zone automatic climate control, 40:20:40 rear split folding seats, as well as a Bowers & Wilkins sound system can be specified for the new Gran Coupe.
A total of three engines are available for the 2020 8 Series Gran Coupe. First up is the 3.0-liter Twin Power Turbo inline-six for the 840i and 840i xDrive. It cranks out 340 PS at 5000 – 6500 rpm along with 500 Nm of torque. The rear-wheel drive version can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds while the all-wheel drive can do it faster in 4.9 seconds.
Another six-cylinder engine available is a 3.0-liter turbo-diesel that's available for the 840i xDrive. It generates 320 PS at 4400 rpm and a whopping 680 Nm of torque from 1750 – 2250 rpm. 0 – 100 km/h is achieved in as little as 5.1 seconds.
Serving as the top-of-the-line engine offering is the 4.4-liter Twin Power Turbo V8. Only available for the 850i xDrive, it delivers a meaty 530 PS at 5500 – 6000 rpm with a stump-pulling 750 Nm of torque at 1800 – 4600 rpm. It can then catapult itself from 0 – 100 km/h in just 3.9 seconds.
All engine options are connnected to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission and all are electronically-limited to a top speed of 250 km/h.
First deliveries of the all-new 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe will begin before the year ends.