BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe: £70k four-door set to rival CLS
The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe has been revealed, with the first customers set to receive their cars in September.
In essence, it’s a four-door variant of the 8 Series range and as such the styling is identical from the front. It gets the same wide kidney grille and swept back headlights.
However, round the side things are very different. There’s an extra door for a start; the Gran Coupe is slightly longer than the Coupe to allow for this. The windscreen is more upright too owing to the longer roofline. Round the back, you’ll find a similar set of tail lights to the coupe, and the wheel arches are more flared too.
On the inside, you’ll find BMW’s new generation of iDrive system. With a 10.25in display on the dash, the infotainment will still be controlled by the iDrive controller on the centre console, but crucially you can also use touch, voice or gesture control to operate it too.
A 201mm extended wheelbase over the coupe allows more room for rear passengers, although BMW still calls the Gran Coupe a 4+1 – that’s to say it’s designed to accommodate four adults comfortably, although five can fit in at a push.
The higher roofline also means all passengers will receive a boost in headroom. The centre console extends into the rear compartment, where you’ll now find extra charging points and climate control functions for the rear passenger. Boot space has also increased from 420 litres in the two-door models to 440 litres in the Gran Coupe.
Standard features include adaptive suspension, automatic emergency braking, wireless charging and heated front seats. Of course, BMW’s never-ending list of options can be specified: a panoramic sunroof, active cruise control and Laserlight headlights are all on offer.
Numerous packs are available too including a Comfort package. This adds a heated steering wheel and armrests. Park Assist and Driving Assist package are also on offer, while an optional Harman Kardon stereo is also available.
From launch, you’ll be able to choose between two petrol engines and one diesel engine. All of them are coupled to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The least expensive is the 840i – a 340hp six-cylinder turbo-petrol that’ll get the car from rest to 62mph in 5.2 seconds. The 840d is the diesel option, which produces 320hp and is capable of around 45mpg. This model comes with BMW’s xDrive system as standard.
The potent 530hp 4.4-litre M850i V8 is the top-of-the-range choice, which produces 530hp and 750 Nm of torque. enough for a 0-62mph time of 3.9 seconds. Economy isn’t too bad considering the power it offers either; 28.5mph is attainable. All three are electronically limited to 155mph.
Aimed squarely at tempting people away from the CLS and Panamera, the 8 Series Gran Coupe is set to arrive in the UK in September when the first deliveries will begin, and will essentially replace the 6 Series Gran Coupe in the line-up. It’ll be pried from £69,340.