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Country of origin:Germany
Introduced in:2019
Internal name:F93
Source:Company press release
Last updated:June 19, 2019
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Click here to download printer friendly versionA 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. Meanwhile, exclusive equipment features and the latest innovations in the areas of control/operation, driver assistance and connectivity represent a case study in modern luxury.

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 is powered by a V8 petrol engine which delivers its 390 kW/530 hp in imposing style. The BMW 840d xDrive Gran Coupe underscores the four-door model's qualities as a consummate long-distance machine with its 235 kW/320 hp sixcylinder in-line diesel engine. And the BMW 840i Gran Coupe and BMW 840i xDrive Gran Coupe enjoy the services of a high-revving six-cylinder in-line petrol engine with maximum output of 250 kW/340 hp.

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 section.

The distinctive style of the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is also expressed in the design of its interior. The driving experience in both the front and rear is defined by a flawless symbiosis of dynamism and luxury. The extra length of the wheelbase and generously sized door apertures give passengers in the rear unprecedented legroom for a BMW coupe - and they are able to get in and out more easily than ever as well. Those in the rear seats also benefit from substantially greater shoulder room and headroom than in the two-door version of the new BMW 8 Series, making the second-row seats even more comfortable to travel in.

The optional panoramic glass roof helps to give the interior of the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe an exceptionally light-filled feel. It is particularly generous in width and its glass surface area measures around 1.5 square metres. The result is an unbroken glass surface extending from the windscreen to the rear window. The front section of the roof and the interior blinds open and close at the touch of a button or with the radio remote control, delivering a controlled supply of fresh air. The rear blind can also be opened and closed from the rear compartment. A four-zone automatic climate control system and electric sun blinds for the rear side windows and rear window are both available exclusively for the four-door variant in the new BMW 8 Series line-up.

The ambient lighting fitted as standard in the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe accentuates the forward-pointing lines inside the car to dramatic effect. Standard specification for the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe also includes an instrument panel and door shoulders wrapped in fulled leather, electrically operated sports seats with head restraints integrated stylistically into the seat backrests, and Vernasca leather trim. The multifunction seats fitted as standard in the BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe come in Merino leather trim with extended appointments. Another option available for the BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe and in cars with the M Sport package are the new M Sport seats with highly distinctive bucket-seat styling.

The extended centre console is exclusive to the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe model, as is the rear seat unit featuring outer seats styled as individual seats. The contours and seam patterns of the outer rear seats are modelled on the sports seats in the front. The rear seats likewise offer excellent lateral support and integral head restraints, allowing their occupants to also share in that undiluted sports-car feel. A third seat for use on short journeys nestles between the two outer seats and has a complete seatbelt system, making the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe a 4+1-seater.

The car's luggage-carrying setup can be varied with the greatest of ease courtesy of the 40 : 20 : 40 split/folding rear backrest, whose individual sections can be folded down from the boot using a lever. With a capacity of 440 litres, the boot is big enough to accommodate three golf bags.

The aerodynamic properties of the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe have been honed by features including an almost completely sealed underbody, active air flap control, Air Curtains and the super-slender exterior mirror bases. An intelligent material mix, meanwhile, has helped to reconcile exacting demands on body rigidity with the goal of minimising weight. As well as the doors and the outer skin of the roof, the bonnet, front shear panel, engine subframe, front bulkhead and rear bumper support are all made from aluminium. The plastic boot lid, the magnesium cockpit support and the use of carbon fibre-reinforced plastic in the centre tunnel help to both reduce weight and distribute it to optimum effect. As a result, the four-door version's weight penalty over the BMW 8 Series Coupe has been limited to around 70 kilograms. Fitting the optional carbon-fibre roof lowers the car's centre of gravity even further and there is also the option of an M Carbon exterior package comprising air intake bars, exterior mirror caps and a rear diffuser insert all made from CFRP.

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