The new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe has been officially revealed ahead of a global launch in September.
Dimensionally, the four-door model has a 3023mm wheelbase - an increase of 201mm over the 8 Series Coupe and measures 5082mm in length (+231mm), 1932mm in width (+30mm) and 1407mm in height (+ 61mm).
Technically, the Gran Coupe is classified as a 4+1-seater with the middle back seat reserved “for use on short journeys.”
There’s a 40/20/40 folding rear backrest and 440 litres of boot space, enough to accommodate three golf bags.
A panoramic sunroof, electric sun blinds and four-zone automatic climate control are all included, as is the new BMW OS7.0 which incorporates Live Cockpit Professional and Intelligent Personal Assistant. The system includes a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch central touchscreen.
In Europe, the Gran Coupe range will open with the 840i which gets power from a turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six producing 250kW and 500Nm. It’s available as a rear-wheel drive model or with BMW’s rear-biased xDrive all-wheel drive system.
Next up is the 840d xDrive powered by a 3.0-litre straight-six turbo-diesel that develops 235kW of power and 680Nm of torque.
Topping the range is the M850i xDrive which packs a 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 that delivers 390kW and 750Nm. BMW claims it can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. No doubt these digits will be topped when M8 and M8 Competition versions of the Gran Coupe are announced.
Standard safety kit includes autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, rear cross-traffic alert, active cruise control with stop & go, reversing assistant, a rear-view camera and a head-up display.
BMW Australia is yet to confirm when the 8 Series Gran Coupe will arrive locally, however, mid-2020 would be a good bet. Expect specifications and pricing to be confirmed in the lead up to the local launch.
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