2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe.
BMW has a habit of stretching definitions, as it did when it introduced an extended version of the old 6-series coupe, added a couple of extra doors and dubbed it a "Gran Coupe."
Since then, it has expanded the range of four-door panels that have worn out their line-up. The new 2020-BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is BMW's latest offering.
For those who want more power, the new Gran Coupe comes with a brown 523 horsepower turbo V-8.
Based on the two door model introduced a year ago, the new model offers more space and easier access, as well as the first inline six engine option available for the 8 Series. The sporty M850i version will also become one of the automaker's most expensive models ever when it reaches showrooms in September and pushes into six-figure areas when all the option boxes are highlighted.
Starting Price of $ 85,895
When it reaches the US showroom, expect a starting price of $ 85,895 for the 840i and $ 88,705 for the 840i xDrive. The M850i will start at $ 1
BMW is not the only luxury automaker who has tried to blur between lines between sedans and coupes. If anything, Mercedes-Benz was a pioneer with the original CLS model launched in 2004. Mercedes has then added several other models that follow this design theme, including the smaller CLA. The Audi A7 is another popular competitor, with Porsche offering its Panamera model and Aston Martin weighing in with the Rapide. But none of the competitors offers such a wide range that BMW does with its various Gran Coupe options.
The Tesla Model S, which more precisely targets the BMW 7 series, has drawn from potential 8-series buyers, the automotive industry analyst says.
The debut of the BMW Gran Coupe comes almost exactly one year after BMW unveiled the two-door version of the 8 series and revived a type plate that was abandoned nearly two decades ago and gave a more sporty alternative to the familiar 7 Series series flagship.
Coupes lose ground
But in today's SUV-centered market, hives have lost even more land than sedans. The Gran Coupe is expected to solidly outsell the two-door 8 series forward, as has been the case with previous Gran Coupe deals based on the 4 Series and 6 Series lines.
2020 Series 8 Series Gran Coupe. The European model shown.
It is clear that BMW's cars in passenger cars generally have fought too late. While its crossover models, such as X5, increased by 29.0% for the first five months of the year, sedans, coupes and sports cars were 15.1% lower. The 4-series cups, including the Gran Coupe, lost 19.4%.
Although the 8 series was never expected to generate massive volume, it recorded only 1,197 sales in the US at the end of May, less than one-third of 3,931 7-series models sold by BMW. The car manufacturer clearly hopes that the addition of the four-door version will help to move the needle.
BMW designers have been working hard to maintain the cabin-like lines in the previous model, retaining the long nose and sweeping roof line, although the Gran Coupe has a more upright windshield to allow a higher ceiling.
A larger cabin
It is larger in most key dimensions, and adds 7.9 inches to the two-door wheelbase, for one thing and 9.0 inches to overall length. The Gran Coupe also gets 1.2 inches wide and stands 2.2 inches higher, these numbers translate into a cabin that is spacious enough to allow adults to sit behind them without bumping into elbows or snapping heads when the car hits a pothole.
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe. The European model is shown.
Both versions will have a panoramic month as the standard price, but the M850i will also offer an optional carbon fiber roof to reduce the total weight and lower the Gran Coupe's center of gravity. The body uses a mixture of materials to hold down the pulp, including aluminum doors and hood and a resistance-protected tailgate.
As one might expect from the flagship of BMW, a basic model is also equipped with standard leather seats and trim, although buyers can opt for a two-color leather package. Unlike the two door model, the Gran Coupe has a wide center console that runs the length of the cabin to split it into four seats. The rear seats can be folded in a 40/20/40 configuration to open up more cargo space.
There are also some significant technical features, including LED headlamps with laser light that help extend a driver's vision at night. The rear console has new USB-C ports and the driver has convenient access to the latest version of the BMW iDrive infotainment system.
0 to 60 in 3.7 seconds
While BMW offers the 8-series coupe with a variety of different powertrain options around the world, it limited the US two-door model to the 523 horsepower twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 available in the M850i trim. That version could start from 0 to 60 in less than 3.5 seconds. The heavier Gran Coupe, BMW estimates, will need about 3.7 seconds to get there.
The Bavarian vending machine will add the rear wheel drive 840i and the 840i xDrive Gran Coupe which will add a 3.3 liter to the US inline six making 335 horsepower and 368 pound-foot torque. It estimates a 0 to 60 start time of 4.6 seconds for the xDrive model and a top speed of 155 km / h when driving on performance tires.
Both engines will be coupled with a fast-changing 8-speed automatic with steering wheel mounted paddle shifters.
The Gran Coupe receives a double-desired front suspension and a five-link rear. An active control system is intended to increase the car's agility, especially during high-speed oscillation.
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe. European model shown.