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Can't Afford The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe? Here Are 7 Cheaper Alternatives

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There are plenty of affordable four-door coupes on the market.

BMW recently released the new 8 Series Gran Coupe, which replaces the outgoing 6 Series Gran Coupe as the company's most beautiful model. The Gran Coupe body style offers more practicality than the 8 Series Coupe or Convertible as well as a lower starting price of $84,900 for the 840i trim level.

Even the M850i xDrive trim level, which starts at $108,900, is less expensive than its Coupe and Convertible counterparts. The Gran Coupe is clearly the best value in the 8 Series range but it still isn't very affordable in the traditional sense of the word. So if you fancy coupe-like styling, a luxurious interior, and plenty of power, check out these seven used alternatives.

2014-2018 BMW M6 Gran Coupe

Since the 8 Series is a brand-new model for BMW, there is no used model to recommend. But the outgoing 6 Series Gran Coupe, especially in its M6 guise, is a great used bargain. The M6 is powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 560-600 horsepower (which is more than the new M850i) going to the rear wheels through a seven-speed dual-clutch or a rare six-speed manual transmission. Used examples of the M6 Gran Coupe can be found starting around $35,000, though it may be safer to buy a newer, low mileage example with a warranty.

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2012-2017 Mercedes CLS 63 AMG

Mercedes-Benz invented the four-door coupe category in 2004 with the CLS and improved upon it with the second-generation model in 2010. The most powerful version is the CLS 63 AMG, which is powered by a 5.5-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 518-575 hp. Used AMG models are known to depreciate heavily and pre-owned CLS 63 examples start as low as $25,000 with high mileage. Even a CPO example with low mileage tops out at around $70,000.

2013-2017 Volkswagen CC

Mercedes may have created the four-door coupe segment but Volkswagen was the first to bring out an affordable model with the CC. In the US, the CC was available with either a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder producing 208 hp mated to a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual and an optional 3.6-liter V6 producing 280 hp going out to AWD through a six-speed automatic. As the best budget option on this list, used CC examples can be found starting at just $6,000.

2014-2017 Jaguar XJR

The Jaguar XJ is not a four-door coupe by definition, but its Ian Callum design is very coupe-like. Jaguar is known for vicious depreciation and you can now snag a supercharged XJR with the 5.0-liter V8 producing 550 hp starting at just $36,000. The XJR is larger and more luxurious than most of the options on this list and it also offers more space inside.

2014-2018 Audi RS7

The Audi A7 competed directly with the 6 Series Gran Coupe and the sporty RS7 rivaled the M6. The RS7 is powered by a 4.0-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 553 hp or 597 hp in the RS7 Performance. Along with the massive grunt, the RS7 also has the advantage of its liftback body style, which offers more trunk space than a traditional sedan. Used RS7 examples can now be found starting at around $43,000.

2010-2012 Rapide

It is hard to believe a used Aston Martin costs less than a brand-new BMW. The original Rapide is powered by a 6.0-liter V12 producing 470 hp and used examples can now be found starting under $50,000. It may not be the fastest car on this list but it is certainly the prettiest and the most exotic.

2012-2014 Porsche Panamera Turbo S

The first-generation Porsche Panamera lasted from 2010 to 2016 and the Turbo S sat atop the model range. Available in standard and long-wheelbase Executive trims, the Turbo S produces 542 hp from a 4.8-liter twin-turbo V8 going out through a seven-speed PDK transmission. Used examples can be found ranging from around $46,000 to $90,000.

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