I really don’t get it. A coupe is described as “a car with a fixed roof, two doors, and a sloping rear.” But here we are, a sedan from BMW calling itself a coupe, or in this case a Gran Coupe. We shall dispense with the inevitable luxury bits that comes with the 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe because, you know you are going to get it.
BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is, btw, the only model in the segment that was derived directly from a 2-door sports car. So you’d be right to say, the German automaker merely takes a blueprint of a 2-door coupe, stretch it a little and slapped it with 2 additional doors. What you get is a sports car with practical ingress/egress so nobody has to wait for anyone to get into its luxury lap.
It was developed alongside the BMW 8 Series Coupe and the BMW M8 GTE endurance racing car. So, yeah, this thing is all about performance and also, lets not forget, luxury.
There are altogether four variants at launch and it includes a 2WD and a BMW xDrive (basically, all-wheel drive) 340 HP/369 lb-ft 2,998 cc straight six petrol engine BMW 840i Gran Coupe, a BMW xDrive, 530 HP/553 lb-ft V8 petrol engine BMW M850i xDrive and a BMW xDrive, 320 HP/50a lb-ft inline six Diesel engine BMW 840d xDrive.
The feature list is, as with most of today’s car (particularly, luxury rides) is long and dare I say, distinguished. It includes stuff like a low center of gravity, even weight distribution, lightweight construction with materials like aluminum, magnesium and carbon fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP). We shan’t get into the bits, instead, we will borrow some infographics from BMW AG to show you the list of highlights and key features.
The 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe will make its world premiere at the BMW Group #NEXTGen event on June 25-27, 2019 in Munich, followed by launch starting September 2019. Before we leave you with some photos and the said infographics, you may want to know that the BMW 840i xDrive Gran Coupe should be the go-to ride if quick acceleration is what you are after.
It makes the century sprint in just 3.9 seconds, while the rest does between 4.9 and 5.2 seconds. You can learn more about the first-ever BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe HERE, or try to imagine the exhilaration of driving one in the promo video below.
All images courtesy of BMW AG.