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BMW’s new flagship goes easy on the kidney grille, and big on the style

BMW’s new flagship goes easy on the kidney grille, and big on the style

Dejan Jovanovic 7 months ago

The new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is a bigger 8 Series with four doors and seats for the family – 530 horsepower helps, too…

The car business is simple – all you have to do is build more cars and the math will take care of the rest. If you offer 40 or so models to the public, the public is bound to find something in there to like. That’s BMW’s motto anyway.

So when they aren’t doing front wheel drive minivans, the Germans in Munich get it right every once in a while, like with this new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe. Taking the top spot in the line-up as the brand’s flagship, the new car is built on BMW’s CLAR modular vehicle architecture that also underpins the X line of cars, the 7 Series, as well as the new Toyota Supra in a weird twist of fate.

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Since it’s the four door model, the 8 Series Gran Coupe is 231mm longer than the two-door version with a 201mm longer wheelbase. So it’s big, but it sill measures in below the 7 Series and it’s also significantly lower yet wider than the 7er. This is good for looks and as you can see the 8 series Gran Coupe doesn’t seem half bad. What’s more with so much bodywork to offset things, the huge kidney grille up front doesn’t take up the caricature proportions of the 7 Series and actually comes across as the right size. More or less.

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This much car also has to weigh some, but compared to the two-door the Gran Coupe only adds 70kg to the kerb weight figure which is pretty commendable. At launch the one to have is the BMW 850i xDrive Gran Coupe, packing a host of M Sport bits such as the exhaust system, spoilers, interior treatments, as well as an optionally available carbon fibre roof. With a twin-turbocharged V8 delivering 530 horsepower and 750Nm of torque, the 850i Gran Coupe does zero to 100km/h in 3.9 seconds and tops out at a restricted 250km/h.

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One step down and you find the 840i Gran Coupe, with 340 horsepower and 500Nm of torque good for a sprint time of 5.2 seconds. Once the M department does its thing, this will be a neck and neck fight with the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door.

For its range topping model, BMW has thrown in all the goodies including laser lights that can see 600m into the distance, rear-wheel steering, M Sport differential, a host of driver assistance tech, 20-inch alloy wheels, and the latest infotainment system sprawled over two screens measuring 12.3-inches and 10.25-inches across.

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The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is already available to order with first deliveries starting at the end of this summer, and you can expect to pay at least half a mil for the privilege of a ‘full options’ model.


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