The 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe barely needs an introduction, but we’re here to give you one anyway. The rear-wheel drive 840i and 840i xDrive are both powered by BMW’s 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six with 335 hp and 368 lb-ft torque. The M850i xDrive gets a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 523 hp and 553 lb-ft. All 8 Series Gran Coupes wear bodywork distinct from the coupe aft of the A-pillar, and dimensions stretched wide enough in the back that the “four-door coupe” has the widest track of any BMW 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.
Compared to the 8 Series coupe, the Gran Coupe wheelbase has been stretched 7.9 inches, the body spans an extra 9 inches in length, the roof stands 2.2 inches taller, and the rear track grows by 1.2 inches. BMW said it had to update the Dingolfing plant that will build the Gran Coupe to accommodate those hips. The RWD 840i rings up 4,262 pounds, the M850i goes heavyweight at 4,758 pounds. There would have been more largesse if not for measures such as the aluminum doors, hood, and roof and plastic decklid.
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.
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.