Munich’s long awaited competitor for the Mercedes-Benz CLS

Having revived the 8 Series after two decades, BMW is also planning to build a Gran Coupe version of the two-door. A concept car was shown at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, where it was confirmed that the 8 Series Gran Coupe "will take over as the new flagship model" for the brand. Come July 2018, and the production model was spotted on the road.

Much like the coupe, the production car will share many features with the concept. However, this test vehicle has a milder appearance, as it appears to be a standard model and not the M version we saw in Geneva. Our paparazzi actually spotted two cars. There’s a regular 8 Series on a trailer and a sportier version with the M Sport package stretching its wheels on the road. The final product could break cover by the end of 2018 and join a niche that already includes the Mercedes-Benz CLS and the Audi A7.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Exterior

  • As sporty as the coupe
  • Aggressive M Sport package
  • Sleek profile
  • Elegant non-M model
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Exterior Spyshots
- image 788746
Not surprisingly, the 8 Series Gran Coupe is a four-door version of the coupe that we saw break cover earlier in 2018

Not surprisingly, the 8 Series Gran Coupe is a four-door version of the coupe that we saw break cover earlier in 2018. Up front, we can see the exact same design cues, including the massive kidney grille that widens toward the base and the sleek headlamps that become sharp at the corners. Even the engine hood is the same, with a big bulge in the center and muscular lines above the fenders.

One of the two prototypes also has an identical bumper with the trapezoidal center vent that’s wider at the top and the fairly big outlets onto the sides. This is most likely the M850i version with the M Sport features that will sit at the top of the lineup. The other test car, which rides on a trailer, has a less aggressive bumper that reminds me of the standard 7 Series sedan. The center vent is slimmer, and it’s wider toward the bottom, while the side openings are vertical and very thin. It’s definitely on the more elegant side of the lineup.

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Exterior Spyshots
- image 788750
The rear section of the M850i model is virtually identical to the coupe

The side view is pretty much identical to the concept car save for minor changes here and there. Naturally, the scoop in the front fender is not as big and the rear door gained a quarter window. The sedan also sports production door handles, while the wheels have a less exotic design. The rear haunches are just as big as the coupe, so this four-door will be pretty aggressive even in non-M trim.

The rear section of the M850i model is virtually identical to the coupe. The camouflage hides the same two-piece taillights that extend far into the trunk lid and rear fenders and the same bumper with the huge, trapezoidal license plate recess. We can also see the same vertical vents at the corners and the big exhaust outlets in the apron. Even the angle of the rear window and the length of the deck lid seem identical to the coupe, which is cool as it gives the four-door a sporty feel.

Needless to say, the 8 Series Gran Coupe is quite the looker!

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Interior

  • Borrowed from the coupe
  • Big infotainment display
  • Digital instrument cluster
  • Leather upholstery
  • New technology
2019 BMW 8 Series Interior
- image 783831
The sedan should get the BMW Live Cockpit Professional system, which includes a 10.25-inch infotainment display

We don’t have spy shots of the interior yet and the concept car’s cabin is far too futuristic, but the four-door’s cabin should be based on the 8 Series coupe.

Actually, I wouldn’t be surprised to see the exact same design and features inside the 8 Series Gran Coupe, including the wide center console that rises toward the dashboard to separate the driver and front passenger areas. This would definitely be a cool feature as it would give the sedan an authentic sports car vibe.

2019 BMW 8 Series Interior
- image 783833
Rear-seat passengers should benefit from enhanced legroom and extra convenience features, like a rear-seat entertainment system

It should also get the BMW Live Cockpit Professional system, which includes a freestanding and frameless, 10.25-inch infotainment display and a fully digital, 12.3-inch instrument cluster. Much like the coupe, the sedan should get sporty front seats with integrated headrests as standard, but without the semi-electric folding function for seatbacks. This won’t be necessary with the Gran Coupe having rear doors and easier access to the rear seats.

Speaking of which, it’s here were the Gran Coupe will be different, as there will be a bit more room for rear-seat passengers. Headroom and shoulder room will remain the same, but passengers should benefit from enhanced legroom and extra convenience features, like a rear-seat entertainment system. The fine Merino Individual leather upholstery with contrast stitching should be standard, just like in the coupe. Comfort will be further enhanced by the large pockets in the door panels, a roomy glove compartment, two cup-holders under the center console’s trim finisher, and a large storage compartment under the armrest.

2019 BMW 8 Series Interior
- image 783780
The M850i model will get a few extra features, including an Individual headliner, M pedals, and M driver’s footrest

The M850i model will get a few extra features, including an anthracite Individual headliner, M pedals, an M driver’s footrest, custom floor mats, illuminated door sills, and a few "M" badges. The Gran Coupe should also get the coupe’s glass applications for the gear selector, iDrive controller, start/stop button, and the volume control for the audio system. The rear backrest with the 50:50 split design should be carried over from the two-door model.

Of course, the sedan could get a few unique features of its own, but we will find out more about that when the Gran Coupe makes its global debut.

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Performance

  • Same engines as the coupe
  • 840d trim with diesel mill
  • M850i version with gas engine
  • Up to 523 horsepower
  • Up to 553 pound-feet of torque
  • 0 to 60 mph in 3.7 seconds
2019 BMW 8 Series Drivetrain Wallpaper quality
- image 783844
There’s no doubt that the Gran Coupe will get the same engine as the 8 Series

There’s no doubt that the Gran Coupe will get the same engine as the 8 Series, so look for the M850i trim to use the recently redesigned 4.4-liter V-8 unit. The twin-turbo mill now uses an aluminum-alloy block, fully variable valve control, double-Vanos variable camshaft timing, and a flap-controlled exhaust system. It also has larger twin-scroll turbochargers and intake ports optimized for higher flow. The end result is an output of 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque.

This engine will be paired to an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission with wider ratios and a Launch Control function for quicker off-the-line sprints. The combo enables the coupe to hit 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, so expect the sedan to reach the same benchmark in around 3.7 clicks.

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Exterior Spyshots
- image 788742
European customers will also get a diesel model called the 840d

This version will also have xDrive all-wheel drive as standard. The system will be tuned for this model and it will feature a rear-biased setup for a sportier experience.

European customers will also get a diesel model called the 840d. Powered by the same twin-turbo, 3.0-liter inline-six engine from the 7 Series, it will have 316 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque. The sprint to 62 mph takes 4.9 seconds in the coupe, but the sedan should need at least five seconds to make the sprint. BMW could also offer 840i and 850d variants at some point.

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Safety

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Exterior Spyshots
- image 788745

The safety package should also come from the coupe, so expect the four-door to arrive with the Personal Co-Pilot suite of driver assistance technologies. Using camera images and data provided by ultrasonic and radar sensors, the system monitors vehicle surrounds and takes actions depending on the environment and the traffic around the car. It basically turns the 8 Series into a semi-autonomous vehicle.

Cruise control will be standard and will include automatic braking and Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking. The optional Active Cruise Control system will add a Stop & Go feature. The active Park Distance Control with sensors at the front and rear will be standard and will provide visual and acoustic warnings to avoid colliding with obstacles when parking. It’s also able to automatically select suitable parallel parking spaces and maneuver into them. Other optional features should include the Driving Assistant Professional package, which adds Steering and Lane Control assistant and Crossing Traffic Warning.

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Prices

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Exterior Spyshots
- image 788752

Pricing for the Gran Coupe model should be similar to the two-door coupe. The latter starts from £76,270 in diesel trim and from £100,045 with the M850i package in the United Kingdom. U.S. pricing for the 8 Series is only available for the M850i xDrive version, which retails from $111,900.

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Competition

Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class

2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS Exterior Wallpaper quality
- image 748196
Diamond grille

The CLS is the first vehicle in this niche, having started the four-door coupe trend back in 2004. Now in its third generation, the CLS is brand-new for the 2019 model year and features a new design language that’s somewhat inspired by the AMG GT sports car. Tech-wise, the CLS is tough to beat, as it features the company’s latest equipment, semi-autonomous drive, and all the luxury features you can get in this niche. Unlike the 8 Series, the CLS doesn’t yet come with a diesel engine yet. The only drivetrain available outside the AMG range is a mild hybrid one that pairs a 3.0-liter inline-six to an integrated starter/generator called EQ Boost. The gas engine cranks out 362 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of twist, while the EQ Boost provides an additional 21 horses and 184 pound-feet over short periods. All told, the drivetrain can deliver up to 383 horsepower and a whopping 553 pound-feet of torque. The AMG CLS53 model gets a more powerful version of this drivetrain, rated at 457 horsepower and 568 pound-feet of torque when both the engine and the EQ Boost system work. But while it’s more powerful than the standard model, the AMG CLS53 is nowhere near as powerful as the BMW M850i. Pricing is expected to start from around $77,000.

Read our full review of the 2019 Mercedes-Benz CLS.

Audi A7

2019 Audi A7 Exterior Wallpaper quality
- image 739615
369 LB-FT of Torque

The A7 is also new, having been redesigned for the 2019 model year in North America. The four-door coupe is more aggressive than ever on the outside, sporting angular headlamps, a massive Singleframe grille, and sporty bumpers even in the least powerful trim. Its interior is unique, boasting a two-tier dashboard that combines sporty features with elegant inserts, while the seats are wrapped in leather. There are three massive displays that enable you to interact with the car. There’s one at the top of the center console, one in the center stack, and an even bigger one behind the steering wheel. Just like the CLS, the A7 is using a mild hybrid system that pairs a gasoline engine to a 48-volt electrical system. The drivetrain delivers 340 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque, enabling the sedan to hit 60 mph in 5.2 seconds. More versions will follow, including an S7 model with at least 420 horses and an RS7 version with more than 560 horsepower. Pricing will start from around $70,000.

Read our full story on the 2019 Audi A7.

Conclusion

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Exterior Spyshots
- image 788748

While the standard 8 Series is pretty much a more aggressive looking and luxurious replacement for the 6 Series, the Gran Coupe model is a car that BMW should have designed years ago. Sure, it’s not the first Gran Coupe in the lineup, but this one should be big and luxurious enough to give the CLS and the A7 a run for their money. What’s more, it’s sporty enough by design to compete with the really sleek CLS and the M850i trim, and the upcoming M8 model will grant BMW access to the niche dominated by AMG and RS models.

  • Leave it
    • * Needs a mild hybrid version

Further reading

2019 BMW 8 Series Exterior Wallpaper quality
- image 783784

Read our full review on the 2019 BMW 8 Series.

2019 BMW M8 Exterior High Resolution
- image 718331

Read our full speculative review on the 2019 BMW M8 Coupe.

2019 BMW M8 Computer Renderings and Photoshop Exclusive Renderings Exterior
- image 718203

Read our full speculative review on the 2019 BMW M8 Convertible.

2018 BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe Exterior
- image 772431

Read our full review on the 2018 BMW M8 Gran Coupe Concept.

2019 BMW 8 Series Exterior High Resolution
- image 717999

Read our full review on the BMW 8 Series Concept Coupe.

no article
- image 741745

Read more BMW news.

What do you think?
Show Comments
Car Finder: