A sports car of distinctive character – now available in Singapore
The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is another captivating sports car that has joined the ranks of the all-new BMW 8 Series range. The all-new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe combines dynamic prowess and a luxurious aura with a four-door body design and far more spacious rear passenger compartment. It is a sports car brimming with individual character. Its everyday usability and impressive long-distance credentials open up new ways of enjoying the thrilling performance and emotion-packed design inherent in every BMW 8 Series. Exclusive equipment features and the very latest innovations in control/operation, driver assistance and connectivity advance the cause of modern luxury.
The all-new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is the only model in its segment derived directly from a two-door sports car. Exhilarating performance runs through its veins, a consequence of its development alongside the all-new BMW 8 Series Coupe and M8 GTE racing car – which competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (IWSC) in North America. This third model in the BMW 8 Series range adds more fuel to the ongoing product offensive in the luxury segment identified by the BMW Group – as part of its NUMBER ONE > NEXT strategy – as a key element in ensuring the company’s sustained growth. The newcomer will be built alongside the all-new BMW 8 Series Coupe and all-new BMW 8 Series Convertible at BMW Plant Dingolfing in Lower Bavaria, which has acquired immense expertise in the manufacture of luxury cars in its long-standing role as the home of BMW 7 Series production.
Exterior design: sporting exclusivity, individual appeal
The combination of precisely drawn lines and expansive surfaces that runs like a thread through the BMW brand’s new design language helps the exterior of the all-new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe to strike a unique balance between dynamism and elegance. The styling is symbolic of the car’s billing as the BMW 8 Series model delivering sportiness at its most luxurious. The four-door coupe concept has been translated into a body of standout pomp and progressiveness.
As well as its distinctive proportions, the design of the all-new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe’s flanks and rear end also clearly distinguishes it from its 8 Series stablemates. The four-door model has a 3,023-millimetre wheelbase – an increase of 201 millimetres over the all-new BMW 8 Series Coupe – and measures 5,082 millimetres in length (+ 231 mm), 1,932 millimetres in width (+ 30 mm) and 1,407 millimetres in height (+ 61 mm). The front track width of 1,627 mm is the same as the two-door car’s, while the rear track of 1,671 millimetres is 28 millimetres wider, making it the widest of any model in the BMW line-up.
The Gran Coupe’s front section is identical to the all-new BMW 8 Series Coupe’s design up to the point where the A-pillars start. Because the windscreen frame is slightly more upright, the roofline already rises to a greater height by the time it reaches the front seats, meaning additional headroom in both the front and rear. The roofline merges smoothly into the tail in a graceful sweep, via a fin-shaped transition in the vicinity of the C-pillars that emphasises the elongated silhouette. The rear window, meanwhile, also follows a slightly steeper line in order to produce a larger boot aperture. The striking surface contouring around the C-pillars has been facilitated by a rear window that forms a fixed part of the body structure and a conventional boot lid. These two design features also have a positive impact on the body’s torsional rigidity and acoustic comfort in the car’s interior. Integrating the antenna technology into the rear window and boot lid has dispensed with the need for a roof fin.
Powerful front end, standard BMW Laserlight
Like the all-new BMW 8 Series Coupe and all-new BMW 8 Series Convertible, the all-new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe also has a front end with a broad, low-slung design that exudes sporting pedigree and confidence. The bonnet’s powerfully sculpted surfaces and crisp contours add to this impression, as does the elaborate, jutting design of the front apron with its large air intakes, which assume an even more imposing appearance on the all-new BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe. The two elements of the large, low-set BMW kidney grille are framed by a single-piece surround.
The slim twin headlights are positioned slightly higher and define the brand’s signature look with LED units generating both the daytime driving lights and low/high-beam headlights from the two pairs of light tubes. There is also the standard BMW Laserlight with variable road illumination and Selective Beam, which produces a high-beam range of around 600 metres. Blue accents inside the customary twin headlights reveal the presence of this highly sophisticated lighting technology.
Unique silhouette with gracefully flowing surfaces
The extra doors, dynamically stretched roofline and distinctively styled surfaces of the all-new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe help to give it an unmistakable silhouette. The side view – like that of the all-new BMW 8 Series Coupe – is composed of just a few crisp character lines that trace the flow of air exiting the Air Breathers. The car’s flanks taper inwards around the doors before flaring out again like muscles above the rear wheel arches, producing an interplay of surfaces moulded here to particularly striking effect. The elegantly stretched design is further emphasised by a third line that takes in the door handles on its way to the powerfully contoured shoulders and C-pillar.
The side window graphic reaches its conclusion at the rear in another hallmark BMW design cue – the Hofmeister kink. On the all-new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe, this counter-swing is very upright in form, emphasising the large surface of the C-pillar and therefore reinforcing the sense of presence and solidity in this area of the body.
Distinctive rear styling, optional panoramic roof with continuous glass surface.
The rear end is a case study in power and presence, the powerfully flared wheel arches and wide track playing a defining role. The tail’s horizontal lines and the sculptural contours of its surfaces give it a broad but also light appearance. The slim all-LED rear light clusters extending deep into the flanks add to this impression. Twin exhaust tailpipes with a trapezoidal contour are positioned either side of the rear apron’s lower section. The tailpipes are integrated into the diffuser element on the all-new BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe.
The optional panoramic glass roof is one of the special features specific to the all-new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe. It takes the form of a continuous glass surface extending from the windscreen back to the rear window and is extremely generous in width. The result is a total glass surface area of around 1.5 square metres, giving the interior an exceptionally light and airy feel. The front section of the roof has an electric mechanism that allows it to be opened and closed at the touch of a button or with the radio remote control, delivering a controlled supply of fresh air. When opening, it first tilts up at the rear before sliding back over the fixed rear section. The two-ply interior blinds are finished in the same colour and material as the headliner and can also be operated electrically, while the rear blind can be opened and closed from the rear compartment as well.
Engine, transmission and BMW xDrive
Under the bonnet of the all-new BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe is the latest generation 530 hp V8 unit, which serves up a particularly intense distillation of the enthralling track-inspired concept underpinning it. Power is unleashed with majestic vigour against a suitably emotion-stirring soundtrack.
The all-new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe comes with an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission, which allows the driver to change gears manually using shift paddles on the steering wheel as standard. The latest generation of BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive ensures that drive power is channelled onto the road with supreme dynamism and assurance. The system’s rear-wheel-biased setup provides exceptional agility and precision in dynamic handling situations. All-wheel drive comes as standard on the all-new BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe. The new straight-six petrol variant, meanwhile, is specified in classical rear-wheel-drive BMW 840i Gran Coupe form. The all-new BMW 840i Gran Coupe’s standard M Sport differential with active locking function at the rear axle adds to the sense of BMW driving pleasure in its most authentic form. The M Sport differential is also part of standard specification on the BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe.
V8 engine: sensational power and acoustics
The 4.4-litre eight-cylinder engine in the all-new BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe boasts a raft of technological innovations that raise the bar for responsiveness, pulling power and efficiency. The engine’s BMW TwinPower Turbo technology includes two twin-scroll turbochargers with charge air cooling nestling in the V between the cylinder banks, plus High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve timing and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing. Iron-coated cylinder bores and reinforced pistons, independently controlled cooling circuits, intake air ducting with minimised throttling losses and a turbocharging system with electrically operated diverter valves and wastegate actuators are testimony to the motor racing know-how applied in the development of the new V8 unit. A connection between the air ducts for both cylinder banks ensures remarkably even pulsation during gas exchange, resulting in noticeably higher torque at low engine speeds. The direct injection system now works at an increased maximum pressure of 350 bar, resulting in more precise fuel metering and cleaner engine emissions.
The far-reaching updates to engine technology help to produce instantaneous power delivery and sustained thrust – accompanied by a captivating soundtrack imbued with even greater impact by the standard flap-controlled M Sport exhaust system. The new V8 engine serves up peak torque of 750 Nm between 1,800 and 4,600 rpm, and generates maximum output of 530 hp between 5,500 and 6,000 rpm. The all-new BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe races from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds. Catalytic converters mounted close to the engine reduce emissions from the new V8 engine, which meets all the relevant exhaust emission standards worldwide.
The all-new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is now available for viewing at the Performance Munich Autos showroom.
Retail price at press time
BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe, VES Band C2, $605,888