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BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Unleashed With 523 Horsepower

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Say hello to the prettiest BMW on sale.

After being leaked onto the internet a week prior to its reveal, the 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe has arrived in all of its glory. Gran Coupe is BMW's term for a four-door-coupe, meaning it has a coupe-like roofline mixed with the practicality of a sedan. Along with the new body style, the 8 Series Gran Coupe has a massive rear track of 65.8 inches, which is 1.2 inches wider than the 8 Series Coupe and the widest BMW has ever offered on a production car.

Everything from the A-pillar back has been changed to create the Gran Coupe. The windshield has less rake to create a higher roofline, allowing for more headroom for front and rear seat passengers. A standard panoramic roof stretches back to the rear window to create a feeling of space in the cabin but a carbon fiber roof will also be available to reduce weight and lower the center of gravity.

The interior borrows heavily from the 8 Series Coupe and Convertible but the luxury can now be enjoyed by five passengers. With a longer wheelbase, the Gran Coupe offers 7.1 inches of legroom over the Coupe and an extra 0.7 cubic feet of space in the trunk. Passengers will also enjoy 0.2 inches of added headroom in the front row while rear headroom is up by 3.4 inches. All of the materials are high-quality including Nappa leather on the dashboard and door panels as well as a shifter made from Swarovski crystal.

Gran Coupe 8 Series models receive their own unique center console that extends back into the second row, meaning the middle seat passenger will have to sit with their legs spread apart - no cocktail dresses for middle seat occupants then. Standard features include heated sport seats, ambient lighting, USB-C ports, and 40:40:20 split folding rear seats.

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Unlike the Coupe and Convertible, which are only available in M850i xDrive trim for the US market, the Gran Coupe will also be available in 840i and 840i xDrive trims. The 840 is powered by a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six producing 335 horsepower between 5,000-6,500 rpm and 368 lb-ft of torque between 1,600-4,500 rpm. 0-60 mph takes just 4.9 seconds for rear-wheel-drive models or 4.6 seconds with xDrive. In both cases, power goes out through an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Stepping up to the M850i xDrive brings a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 producing 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque (the same as the Coupe and Convertible). With a sizable bump in power, the M850 takes just 3.7 seconds to hit 60 mph (just one-tenth of a second slower than the Coupe). BMW says the longer and wider platform of the Gran Coupe will improve ride comfort and stability. Front double-wishbone suspension, five-link rear suspension, and electromechanical steering combine to provide comfort and precise handling.

Six-cylinder models come with 18-inch wheels as standard with 245/45R18 front and 275/40R18 rear all-season run-flat tires. Optional wheel and tire packages include 19-inch wheels with 245/40R19 front and 275/35R19 rear all-season performance run-flat tires and 20-inch wheels with 245/35R20 front and 275/30R20 rear performance run-flat tires. The V8 model includes 20-inch wheels with all-seasons as standard but 19- and 20-inch wheels are also available with performance run-flats.

Pricing begins at $84,900 plus a $995 Destination charge for the 840i Gran Coupe or $87,800 for the 840i xDrive. Stepping up to the M850i xDrive costs $108,900 making it $3,000 cheaper than the less practical coupe and the least expensive of the 8 Series range. Production is set to begin in July 2019 with a market launch in the US set for September.

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