2020 BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe Combines Good Looks With Up To 523 HP

The BMW 8-Series lineup is growing as the company has unveiled the all-new Gran Coupe variant.

Looking significantly more attractive than the 6-Series Gran Coupe, the 8-Series has a familiar front fascia that closely echoes the standard model.  As a result, the car has a wide grille that is flanked by adaptive LED headlights with laserlights.

Despite the familiar design, the Gran Coupe has a less rakish windscreen and a taller roof. The model also has two rear doors and a pronounced shoulder line.  A panoramic glass moonroof will come standard, but the M850i xDrive Gran Coupe will eventually be offered with an optional carbon fiber roof.

Compared to the Coupe, the Gran Coupe is 9.0 inches (228.6 mm) longer, 1.2 inches (30.5 mm) wider and 2.2 inches (55.9 mm) taller.  The wheelbase has also been stretched by 7.9 inches (200.7 mm) to allow for more practical rear seats.

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.  Rear shoulder room also improves by 7.7 inches (195.5 mm), while trunk space climbs by 0.7 cubic feet (19.8 liters).

The cabin largely carries over and drivers will find a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster as well as 10.25-inch infotainment system.  Other highlights include heated front sport seats, ambient lighting and a 40:20:40 split folding rear seat.  There’s also a head-up display, a wireless smartphone charger and a 16-speaker Harman-Kardon audio system.

An assortment of options will be available including a Driving Assistance Professional package. It includes Active Cruise Control, Active Blind Spot Detection, Lane Departure Warning, Surround View Camera, Parking Assistant, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Speed Limit Information.

At launch, the model will be offered with an assortment of different engines including a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder that produces 335 hp (250 kW / 340 PS) and 369 lb-ft (500 Nm) of torque. It is connected to an eight-speed automatic transmission which can be paired to an optional all-wheel drive system. With the latter option checked, the car can accelerate from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 4.9 seconds, before hitting a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

Diesel fans can opt for the 840d xDrive Gran Coupe which has a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine producing 316 hp (235 kW / 320 PS) and 501 lb-ft (680 Nm) of torque. It is paired exclusively to an eight-speed automatic transmission and a standard all-wheel drive system. This allows the model to run from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 5.1 seconds and onto a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).

Driving looking for something more powerful can wait for the M8 Gran Coupe or settle for the M850i xDrive. The latter has a 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 developing 523 hp (390 kW / 530 PS) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque. Thanks to the extra power, the dash to 62 mph (100 km/h) is cut to 3.9 seconds while the top speed remains unchanged.

The United States won’t get the diesel-powered variant, but customers can opt for the 840i, 840i xDrive or M850i xDrive. They will arrive in America this September and pricing starts at $84,900. All-wheel drive adds $2,900 to the base price, while the M850i xDrive Gran Coupe will begin at $108,900.

 

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  • Mr. EP9

    Now how long until the M8 GC is unveiled or leaked?

    • Bo Hanan

      Come on- the M8-GC is a 4 door version of the M8 that was just revealed. How far do you think the M8-GC will be removed from the real coupe. It’s no mystery.

      • lagunas3ca

        Alpina is the only hope.

  • Zandit75

    Not a fan of the bootlid shut line. Makes the side view quite awkward at the rear end, and looking at the boot space photo, there is no rear reason for the design to have been done that way. They’ve not gained anything in boot opening access.

    • europeon

      Exactly my thoughts. The 6GC was way better resolved when viewed from the side – just like the regular 6 was when compared to the regular 8.

  • caddy45

    Have to wonder at what point this design style will eventually replace the 7-series / S-Class / A8 ? Significantly more attractive than the traditional sedan designs (maybe the S-Class is the exception though…).

  • charlotteharry57

    Lies, lies, lies. One minute the premium Germans are proclaiming way too many models in their lineups and, in the next breath, out pops another one. Something has to stop these junkies.

  • john1168

    It looks fantastic! I love it! I would change two things though. I would add an active aero rear wing and I’m not really liking those center stack air vents inside. Otherwise job well done.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    7 series but sportier and with civilized front

  • atomiccow

    What you get when you start with a Stinger, but don’t stop drawing horizontal lines on it. That said, it’s gotta be the best looking of the current BMWs.

  • ErnieB

    COOL! Those back seats look like cobras!

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    The interior kills it for me. It’s nothing special and looks like it came straight out of a 3 series.

    • Ben

      LC500 takes the cake in the “big luxury coupe” market.

      • Stigasawuswrecks

        The S-Class coupe does it for me. The integration of craptacular infotainment system on the LC is a huge letdown.

        • Ben

          Yeah, I do have to admit that infotainment system is such let down. Its like getting the perfect chocolate chip cookie, but finding out its charred to a crispy on the underside of it. Real shame that. But still, for $100k I don’t see anything that beats the design of the LC500. Aston Martin has some beauties, but tough call for me.

          • Stigasawuswrecks

            I love the doors with the glass design on the LC but the S-Class couple’s interior still has me. The comet tail inlays, vents, and button layout is still a thing of beauty. It blends new age tech and old art deco beautifully.

  • Karl

    Thought the Bengle butt was a thing of the past?

  • Ruel Lewis

    The 6 series GC was far better executed. The rear of this just looks so awkward.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      …until you see it in person

      • PK

        meh….

  • lapirk

    this is gonna age so quick, it will be funny

  • Rev360

    I absolutely love it! Great proportions. Well executed exterior and interior. Definitely worthy of carrying the 8 moniker.

  • Some ol’ bloke

    Who do you think lexus copied off?

  • Stephen G

    Almost as good looking as the Gran Coupe Coupe.

  • Jim Ragland

    I dunno know about this…it looks heavy and too long in the photos.

  • Dennis James

    I can’t believe this…BMW managed to ruin a 5-meter car design, which would have allowed a gorgeous stance, see the previous 6-series Gran Coupe.

    Now it looks just a bit better than a Kia Stinger, while the 6-series Gran Coupe was just gorgeous.

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