Now that the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe has officially broken cover, the collection is complete. Bring on the M8 Gran Coupe!
Four-door coupes are all the rage and we must admit that there really isn’t anything not to like about them. This applies to the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe (GC) which gives nothing up styling-wise even though it grows in every direction.
The important take away from the reveal of the new GC is that it’s, at the very least, just as sexy as the Coupe and the Convertible. And this is quite the feat as the GC is 30mm wider, 61mm taller, 231mm longer overall due to a 201mm longer wheelbase. Yes, the new 8 Series GC is considerably bigger but the proportions are perfect.
Physically, the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe features huge rear shoulders and unique character lines on both the upper and lower portions of the doors. From the rear, the GC carries cues from the Coupe and the new Z4 in the way the trunk-lid, slim taillights and rear bumper come together. Up front, the grille is expectedly huge but so low-set in the fascia that it only looks angry.
Obviously, the GC is all about the second row of seats, otherwise BMW would have limited itself to the 2-door versions. The rear is purposefully designed for two however a third central passenger could be seated however even BMW recommends it be used only for short journeys. The outboard positions are styled as individual seats and depending on the selected leather contrasting colours, they are reminiscent of cobras.
Powering the M850i xDrive Gran Coupe will be the same twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 produces a lazy 523-horsepower and 553 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,800-4,600 rpm and 8-speed automatic transmission. Despite the 4-door’s extra girth, the car will still reach 100 km/h in only 3.9 seconds.
The list of options and packages should be considerable like the Coupe and will include the must-have M Sport package with big brakes and lots of hot body work.
Pricing or dates for Canada have not yet been announced.