A couple of months ago, the BMW 8 made its local debut with a loud sha-bang courtesy of BMW Malaysia. The 8 currently has Coupe and Roadster versions, and now the Gran Coupe. The New 8 is only the second-generation, after the first generation which first came out in 1989.
Comparing the standard 8 and the Gran Coupe, the Gran Coupe has a longer wheelbase (201mm). It’s got a tuned chassis for handling on par with smaller two-door variant.
The BMW 8 Gran Coupe (840i/M850i) is derived from the 8 Series Coupé and M8 GTE racing car.
To make the Gran Coupe more race car worthy, the car’s dimensions get bigger and wider overall. The front end is identical to the standard 8, as do everywhere else; from the signature LEDs, Hofmeister kink to the twin exhausts with trapezoidal contours. For the Gran Coupe, a panoramic glass roof can be specified. Other Gran Coupe specials include an additional front spoiler lip, a sealed underbody, active air flap control with adjustable kidney grille slats, air curtains in the front apron and super-slender exterior mirror bases.
The Gran Coupe is 70 kgs heavier and lower at the same time, but with an optional carbon pack you get CFRP air intake bars, exterior mirror caps and rear diffuser insert.
Gran Coupe’s wheel and tyre come in 20-inch M light-alloy wheels in a Frozen Cerium Grey metallic finish with mixed tyres. To further customize the Gran Coupe, there’s the M Sport package, M Technic Sport Package and Chrome Line options.
Interior-wise, the Gran Coupe has an extended center console and rear seats with lateral support, a third seat and integral head restraints. Furthermore, there’s aluminium Mesh Effect Dark trim finishers, Ash Grain Metallic Grey high-gloss fine wood trim, and a host of customizable options. All other interior features are standard in accordance with the suite offered across the 8 Series range.
A 3.0. straight-six V8 twin-turbo, paired with 8-speed Steptronic transmission, punches 530 hp and delivers a peak torque of 750Nm, with 0 – 100 km/h dash in 3.9 seconds. The 840i gets a straight-six to dish out 340hp.
When it comes to chassis technology, the Gran Coupe gets Torsion struts on the front axle and a shear panel, incorporated on the rear axle. This means it’s got optimized stiffness and everything’s a lot tighter with the connection of suspension components to the body. And let’s not forget about the Adaptive M Suspension with custom tuning, Active Roll Stabilization, xDrive all-wheel and M Sport differential.
All versions of the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé have braking systems that combine four-piston, fixed-calliper brakes at the front and single-piston, floating-caliper brakes at the rear. The electromechanical parking brake is integrated into the rear calipers. Meantime, the optional M Sport package includes M Sport brakes with 374mm discs, while the M Sport Package adds the 395mm brake discs fitted as standard on the M850i Gran Coupé.
The BMW 8 Gran Coupe is due to hit showrooms in Europe from the fourth quarter.