Sporty luxury sedan
Back in 2018, BMW opened a new chapter in its fascinating history - the history of the sports car. In introducing the BMW 8 Series Coupé to follow on from the 6 Series, the Bavarian manufacturer has come up with a vehicle with breath-taking performance, thrilling design, ultra-modern luxury and extraordinarily advanced display, control, drive assist and connectivity features. To add to the Coupé and the Cabriolet, BMW has completed the range with a sporty 4-door, the 8 Series Gran Coupé.
The new 8 Series Gran Coupé is 23 cm longer than the Coupé, 20 for the longer wheelbase. In addition to the more generous proportions, the sides and rear section of the car have a distinctive design. With a steeper windscreen and a rear window more upright than on the 2-door model, the roof is 6 cm higher, improving comfort. The rear section is where the difference is most obvious, with a lot more leg room and space around the shoulders and head - but the ceiling is a bit close for comfort if you’re over 1.85m. Another contrast with the three-box model is the big hatchback, with room for up to 440 litres of luggage.
The new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé also expresses its individuality inside. Exacting down to the last detail, the luxury interior design echoes the modern, restrained aesthetic of the exterior. The driver’s compartment, centre console and door trim all follow a longitudinal line, expressing the car’s dynamic character. The driver’s compartment is pure BMW: touchscreen virtual instrumentation and big infotainment display, firm, generous seats, elegant materials and pleasant feel. And the Gran Coupé makes good use of BMW’s extensive array of technology. Adaptive LED headlights with laser main beam, automated steering functions, numerous collision avoidance assist systems and a reversing assistant that automatically repeats the previous distance travelled forwards in the reverse direction. Plus, a brand-new voice-controlled infotainment system and digital instrumentation.
Our test model had a 6-cylinder in-line diesel engine delivering 340 hp and a maximum torque of 680 Nm. This diesel thoroughbred almost felt sporty, packing a punch right out of the blocks and sailing up the revs. Managed by the 8-speed automatic transmission, power is distributed spectacularly across the four wheels via the all-wheel drive, favouring the rear axle. And the chassis is an all-round yes. The adaptive shock absorber system handles potholes amazingly well, never losing the sporty feel.
Prices for the new Gran Coupé version of the Bavarian flagship start at around €91,000 for the small petrol version and around €97,000 for the diesel.