The 8 series is complete. And as is so often the case, you’ve saved the best for last. The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé is without a doubt the crowning glory of the new luxury ensemble from Munich. Fortunately, hardly anything has been deleted from the previously shown BMW M8 Gran Coupe Concept, but almost everything has been taken over into the series. A first exclusive seat sample in the four-door coupé.
BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé: slightly different from the A-pillar
Unofficially, the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé follows the 6 Series Gran Coupé, but it has nothing to do with that. Starting with the front design, where the nose is pulled down low, the apron makes the car deep and wide and everything from the kidneys to the headlights underlines this look. But that is also the case with the BMW 8 Series Coupé and Convertible. The differences only begin in the profile.
For example, the windshield was raised so that the Gran Coupé is six centimeters higher at the reference point on the B-pillar. This not only helps the optics to stretch the roofline enormously, but gives the driver and front passenger significantly more headroom than in the coupé. In the wheelbase, the Gran Coupé has gained a good 20 centimeters, which is almost exclusively for the rear passengers. The roof flows and stretches and then drops off to the rear.
The icing on the cake: a bottom to kneel down
This is where the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé really spreads. Wider than the Coupé. On the verge of the legally permitted possibilities to feel the bottom of a Brazilian buttock model. This was only possible by widening the rear track by four centimeters. The shoulders are also more powerfully shaped than on the Coupé. The rear window is also recessed and the large side panel ends with almost razor-sharp fins that extend into the trunk lid. The new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé is a design masterpiece, especially when viewed from the rear.
Space for four plus luggage
Compared to the Coupé, four people can now actually be seated in it. The trunk has a capacity of 440 liters, and the rear seat can be divided in a 40:20:40 ratio as standard. Theoretically, there are five seats, whereby the middle seat can be described as an absolute emergency seat due to the large console. In addition to the control for the optional 4-zone climate, the console also has two USB-C charging slots. In the rear, the outer, very sporty seats sit comfortably but firmly wrapped around.
BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé with three roof variants
The view to the outside is achieved through an optional panoramic glass roof (dead weight 32 kilograms), which visually stretches over the entire car from the outside, but is divided into two parts. The series offers a light aluminum roof, which can also be replaced by a carbon roof that is one kilogram lighter.
Sometimes less can be more
The well-known engines are available for selection. The 4.4-liter V8 biturbo as the 850i with 530 hp or the 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder diesel 840d. The 840i inline six petrol engine will also be added. That has a few special features ready. From the factory it only drives the rear wheels, but it can also be ordered with xDrive all-wheel drive. Since you also do without various things, such as all-wheel steering, the 840i with rear-wheel drive is 180 kilograms lighter than the 850i. But you don’t skimp on the limited-slip differential, it has to be that much sportiness. In addition, the 840i achieves a perfect balance of 50:50!
Video: BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé seat sample
Text / Photos: Fabian Meßner