A few days after seeing it in its first filtered images , the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is already here. It is the third body of the family Series 8 , in this case four doors and four seats (4 + 1), which comes to take the spiritual relief of the Series 6 Gran Coupe previous.
This BMW luxury saloon will arrive in September and since the launch will offer three different engines, two gasoline and one diesel, between 320 and 530 HP . Except for access to the gasoline range, all will have xDrive four-wheel drive, although this gives priority to the rear axle to preserve the best possible BMW character.
With respect to the 8 Series Coupé, the Gran Coupe is 23 centimeters longer, for a total of 5.08 meters in length. It is also 3 centimeters wider (1.93 meters) and 6 centimeters higher (1.41 meters). It gains especially in distance between axes, now of 3.02 meters, which supposes 20 additional centimeters with respect to the Coupé, and therefore it offers much more space behind. It is also, yes, about 70 kilograms heavier than the 8 Series Coupé.
While the front is identical to the Series 8 Coupé and Cabrio, the windshield is less inclined and enjoys the characteristic roof line coupe style , which falls behind. It stands out for its muscular forms, adaptive LED headlights as standard, LED pilots or some forms that, in general, are quite muscular and attractive. The exhaust system has a trapezoidal tail of generous dimensions on each side of the bumper.
The interior includes as standard the entire leather upholstery (seats, dashboard, doors …), sports seats with electric adjustment (Merino leather on the top of the range), 12.3-inch digital instrument panel, screen 10.25-inch multimedia, Head-Up Display, next-generation steering wheel, etc …
The rear configuration makes the 8 Gran Coupé a 4 + 1 , according to BMW, because although the two rear seats are individual, the central seat has a safety belt and therefore can be used exceptionally. BMW also announces a trunk volume of 440 liters .
Among the most interesting options include the panoramic glass roof (1.5 square meters), whose front part is practicable, the four-zone climate control, the electric window shades and the rear window or the M sports elements , such as seats semibaquet type or M-specific steering wheel, plus an exterior carbon package that includes mirrors, diffuser and other details manufactured in CFRP (plastic reinforced with carbon fiber).
Petrol and diesel six and eight cylinders
The offer of engines of this new 8 Series Gran Coupe, all of them turbo and Euro 6d-TEMP , is as follows, waiting for a future and hypothetical M8 Gran Coupe:
BMW 840i: The propeller of access to the range is a gasoline with six cylinders in line and 3.0 liters, with an output of 340 hp between 5,000 and 6,500 rpm, and a maximum torque of 500 Nm between 1,600 and 4,500 laps. It goes associated of series to an automatic change Steptronic of eight speeds. It announces a 0-100 km / h in 5.2 seconds, a maximum speed limited to 250 km / h and an average consumption of between 7.4 and 7.5 liters a the hundred kilometers This version comes standard with the rear M Sport differential.
BMW 840i xDrive: The second option is the variant of total traction of the same 840i, with identical figures of power and torque. In this case the 0 to 100 km / h is dispatched earlier, in 4.9 seconds, and the fuel consumption is slightly penalized (between 7.7 and 7.8 liters).
BMW M850i xDrive: The top of the range is a 4.4 liter V8 block with 530 HP of power between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm, and a maximum torque of 750 Nm between 1,800 and 4,600 laps. It needs just 3.9 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 km / h and is also limited to 250 km / h. The consumption is between 9.9 and 10 liters and the automatic Steptronic box and the M Sport differential are also standard.
BMW 840d xDrive: The only diesel option is also a 3.0-liter, inline six-cylinder block associated with the Steptronic transmission, with 320 hp at 4,400 rpm and a maximum torque of 680 Nm between 1,750 and 2,250 laps. It declares 5.1 seconds at 0 to 100 km / h and a tip of 250 km / h. The consumption in this case is between 6.2 and 6.3 liters per hundred kilometers.
All versions come standard with the M adaptive suspension with electronic control dampers and, in the xDrive versions, the directional rear axle is also factory- fitted (optional on the 840i). Also available as an option is a more advanced suspension with active stabilizer bars, for example.
The wheels are 18 inches for all versions except for the M850i Gran Coupe, which has M 20-inch light alloy wheels with 245/35 R20 and 275/30 R20 tires.
Finally, with regard to assistance systems, the Series 8 Gran Coupé is equipped as standard with the collision alert with automatic braking in the city, lane change warning, signal recognition , reversing camera or cross traffic alert , in addition to the personal assistant with voice control. In option you can add the adaptive cruise control with Stop & Go function or the night vision assistant , for example.