A four-door sports car has been added to the new BMW 8 Series range.
With its standalone body concept, plus powertrain and chassis technology
designed squarely to engender supreme dynamic ability, the new
BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe embodies a brand of sporting flair unique in
the luxury segment. Joining the BMW 8 Series Coupe and BMW 8 Series
Convertible as the third model in the 8 Series range, the Gran Coupe has
a character all of its own, combining smile-inducing performance and design
shaped by dynamism and elegance with significantly increased spaciousness
for passengers in the rear seats.
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The new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is the only model in its segment
derived directly from a two-door sports car. Its resultant dynamic potential,
plus a longer wheelbase and model-specific chassis tuning, create an
unmistakable balance between sports performance and ride comfort. All of
which means 8 Series Gran Coupe customers can look forward to high levels
of everyday practicality and mile-covering ability. Four model variants are
available from launch. The BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe (fuel consumption
combined: 10.0 – 9.9 l/100 km [28.2 – 28.5 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions
combined: 229 – 226 g/km*) is powered by a V8 petrol engine which delivers
its 390 kW/530 hp in imposing style. The BMW 840d xDrive Gran Coupe
(fuel consumption combined: 6.3 – 6.2 l/100 km [44.8 – 45.6 mpg imp]; CO2
emissions combined: 166 – 162 g/km*) underscores the four-door model’s
qualities as a consummate long-distance machine with its 235 kW/320 hp six-
cylinder in-line diesel engine. And the BMW 840i Gran Coupe (fuel
consumption combined: 7.5 – 7.4 l/100 km [37.7 – 38.2 mpg imp]; CO2
emissions combined: 170 – 168 g/km*) and BMW 840i xDrive Gran Coupe
(fuel consumption combined: 7.8 – 7.7 l/100 km [36.2 – 36.7 mpg imp]; CO2
emissions combined: 179 – 176 g/km*) enjoy the services of a high-revving
six-cylinder in-line petrol engine with maximum output of 250 kW/340 hp.
The world premiere of the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe will be one of the
highlights of the inaugural BMW Group #NEXTGen event in Munich.
The worldwide launch of the new car will commence just a few months later,
in September 2019.
Exterior design: sporting exclusivity, individual appeal.
The combination of precisely drawn lines and expansive surfaces that runs
like a thread through the BMW brand’s new design language helps the
exterior of the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe to strike a unique balance
between dynamism and elegance. The four-door coupe concept has been
translated into a body of standout pomp and progressiveness. The four-door
model has a 3,023-millimetre wheelbase – an increase of 201 millimetres
over the BMW 8 Series Coupe – and measures 5,082 millimetres in length
(+ 231 mm), 1,932 millimetres in width (+ 30 mm) and 1,407 millimetres in
height (+ 61 mm). The Gran Coupe’s front section is identical to the 8 Series
Coupe’s design up to the point where the A-pillars start. The wide, low-slung
front end exudes sporting intent and a confident presence. Adaptive LED
headlights are fitted as standard. The optional BMW Laserlight with Selective
Beam produces a high-beam range of around 600 metres.
As well as its distinctive proportions, the design of the new
BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe’s flanks and rear end also clearly distinguishes
it from its 8 Series stablemates. Because the windscreen frame is more
upright, the roofline is also higher, meaning additional headroom in both
the front and rear. The roofline merges into the tail in a graceful sweep,
via a fin-shaped transition in the vicinity of the C-pillars that emphasises the
elongated silhouette. The rear window, meanwhile, also follows a slightly
steeper line in order to produce a larger boot aperture. An additional character
line accentuates the sweeping elegance of the body and powerfully flared
surfaces integrate pronounced shoulders into the overall effect. The side
window graphic reaches its conclusion at the rear in another hallmark
BMW design cue. On the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe, the counter-swing
at the trailing edge of the side window graphic – the Hofmeister kink – is very
upright in form, further emphasising the solidity of this area of the body.
The powerfully flared wheel arches and wide track also play a defining role
in the form of the rear end. Horizontal lines and sculptural surface contours
give the tail a broad but also light appearance. The slim all-LED rear light
clusters extend deep into the flanks. And twin exhaust tailpipes with a
trapezoidal contour are positioned either side of the rear apron’s lower