After a few online teasers a few weekends ago, BMW has finally pulled the wraps off its all-new 8 Series Gran Coupe scheduled to arrive in SA in the fourth quarter of 2019.
Joining the already launched coupe and convertible variants, the new four-door sports car is for those that seek practicality and still want to retain that sports car driving comfort.
With the extra two doors, the new 8 Series Gran Coupe’s wheelbase is now 201 mm longer than on the coupe. The increase in dimensions means more space inside too. We tried fitting in the rear seats during the local launch, the seating position felt a bit tight and that left the impression that the seats are best left for short people and children. We are happy that the GC will solve that problem.
The standard automatic boot lid houses a 440-litre of luggage space and if you think that will not be enough, folding down the 40: 20: 40 split-folding rear backrest expands space even more.
The 8 Series comes standard with sports seats and Vernasca leather trim, shift paddles on the steering wheel, ambient lighting, and fulled leather trim for the instrument panel and door shoulders. Outer rear seats styled as individual seats with integral head restraints
Inside, the GC gets a host of standard specifications that includes BMW Display Key, telephony with wireless charging, BMW Head-Up Display and BMW Live Cockpit Professional with navigation system, fully digital instrument cluster and 10.25-inch Control Display.
Only three derivatives will be offered at launch.
The BMW 840i Gran Coupe gets a six-cylinder petrol engine that churns out a good 250 kW of power and 500 Nm of torque. Gear shifts come courtesy of an eight-speed Steptronic transmission that enables the four-door missile to dash from 0-100 km/h in 5.2 seconds en route to a top speed of 250 km/h.
The M850i xDrive Gran Coupe boasts a V8 petrol engine that gushes out 390 kW of power and 750 Nm of torque channelled to all four corners via an eight-speed Steptronic transmission. The M850i dashes from a standstill to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds before hitting the limiter at 250 km/h.
The 840d xDrive Gran Coupe is the only oil burner in the line-up. It features a six-cylinder diesel engine that makes 235 kW of power and 680 Nm of torque. All that amount of power is sent to all four wheels via BMW’s xDrive system. It gets the same eight-speed Steptronic transmission. The diesel missile can do a 0-100 km/h in 5.1 seconds to a top speed of 250 km/h.
The new 8 Series Gran Coupe will arrive in SA in the fourth quarter of the year with pricing details to be announced closer to local launch.