Here’s Your First Look at the Uncovered 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe
We still have a week before its debut, but we’re already smitten over this stunnerby Kirby Garlitos, on
As we continue to recover from the arrival of the long-awaited BMW M8, new leaked photos of another BMW 8 Series version have made their way on the Internet. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé, and it is positively stunning. The 8 Series Gran Coupé is the third model — fourth, if you count the M8 — in what is becoming a loaded 8 Series lineup, after the 8 Series Coupé and the 8 Series Convertible. Neither of the two versions can lay claim to what the 8 Series Gran Coupé will have. It’s pegged as the range-topping model of the entire 8 Series lineup. It’s also the biggest and most expensive version of the 8 Series. The official launch of the 8 Series Gran Coupé happens next week. Let the hype begin.
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé - Why Is It Out So Soon?
Man, oh, man. BMW’s on a roll. We’ve barely had time to breathe after Bimmer left us breathless with the debut of the M8. Now, it’s the 8 Series Gran Coupé that’s coming in a week’s time? Sure, BMW probably didn’t want these photos of the 8 Series Gran Coupé to leak ahead of its debut, but, in a roundabout way, the hype surrounding the flagship of flagships has never been as hot as it is now. I’m guessing BMW doesn’t mind all the attention.
Here’s what we have: a number of photos of the all-new 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé. These are typical glam shots meant to show off the 8 Series Gran Coupe. In all likelihood, these are the same press photos that BMW will release next week when the real model makes its debut. Three photos, in particular, are what we’re going to dive into.
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé - How Is It Different From The Coupé
The first photo offers a clean look at the 8 Series Gran Coupé from the front and side sections of the sedan. The first thing you’ll notice is how long the 8 Series Gran Coupé is. It’s not technically a limousine, but it certainly looks like one. Consider that the standard 8 Series Coupé measures 191.2 inches long. BMW hasn’t released the 8 Series Gran Coupé’s specs, but with those two rear doors, it should at least be four to five inches longer than the standard 8 Series. That not only gives the 8 Series Gran Coupé a more elegant profile, but it also provides more space inside, particularly for rear seat passengers. That’s the beauty of the Gran Coupé. It’s part-performance car, part-luxury saloon. It figures that models like the Porsche Panamera Turbo and the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door now have a new rival to deal with.
BMW 8 Series Coupé Exterior Dimensions
|Width including mirrors||84.1 inches|
|Ground clearance||5.0 inches|
|Turning radius||19.5 feet|
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé - Design
As far as the design goes, the Gran Coupé builds on what we’ve already seen from the 8 Series Coupé. The headlamps look similar and the intakes below look about the same, too. It’s hard to see it in full view given the angle of the model in the photos, but it’s fair to say that the 8 Series Gran Coupé doesn’t depart significantly from the style and aesthetics of the “standard” 8 Series. It’s worth noting, though, that the extended length of the Gran Coupé creates a more distinctive sloping roofline that drops down more naturally to the rear section. In many ways, this is the perfect length for the 8 Series. It establishes the 8 Series Gran Coupé as the unquestioned flagship model of the lineup.
Another leaked image of the sports/luxury saloon highlights its side profile. This is where you can really see how long the 8 Series Gran Coupé is. Compare it to the standard 8 Series Coupé and the difference is very telling. The Coupé looks like a large sports car. It’s still sleek and sexy as heck, but you’re not going to confuse it for a luxury model. The Gran Coupé, however, looks like the type of car you don’t actually drive. You hire a chauffeur to do the driving for you as you sit comfortably in the back.
The third teaser photo of the 8 Series Gran Coupé shows off its rear quarter panel with both the front and rear doors open. You see more similarities with its design and that of the 8 Series Coupé, specifically BMW’s use of aggressive cuts, angles, and character lines in the rear section of the car. For what it’s worth, the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé is one of the finest-looking models BMW has made in recent memory. It feels like the result of a perfect storm of design and engineering, all coming together on one specific model. The photo also gives us a peak inside the interior, or at least parts of the interior that are visible from that angle. It doesn’t show anything of significance, though we expect it to carry the same cabin design as the 8 Series Coupé, albeit with more space at the back.
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé - Powertrain
The 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé doesn’t just look the part; it should also perform like how a flagship BMW model should. We already know, thanks to BMW’s bosses, that the 8 Series Gran Coupe will feature two different engines: a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel engine and a 4.4-liter turbo-packed V-8 engine. The diesel will be found under the hood of the Gran Coupé 840d, producing a stout 320 horsepower. It doesn’t compare to the gas-powered V-8 Gran Coupé M850i, though. That bad boy is packing 530 horsepower. It doesn’t approach the 550-horsepower output of the Panamera Turbo or the 577-horsepower output of the AMG GT 4-Door, but it’s close enough in that department that the advantages of its rivals are negligible in city streets and highways.
Performance numbers haven’t been announced, but we can at least expect the 8 Series Gran Coupé to impress with its 0-to-60-mph time. The 523-horsepower M50i Coupe can cover that ground in 3.6 seconds so if you account for the Gran Coupé’s extra weight, a time of 3.8 seconds to 4.0 seconds should be attainable. Unfortunately, the 8 Series Gran Coupé’s top speed could be limited to 155 mph. That would put it at a disadvantage compared to the Panamera Turbo’s 196-mph top speed and the 195-mph top speed of the Mercedes-AMG GT 4 Door.
Don’t lose hope for the 8 Series Gran Coupé, though. After all, BMW does have plans to launch an M8 Gran Coupe with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that’s been tuned to produce more than 625 horsepower. That should make it easy for Bimmer to lay the smackdown on the competition.
BMW 8 Series Engine and Performance Specifications
|Valves per cylinder||4|
|Compression rate :1||10.5|
|Engine power||523 HP @ 5,500 - 6,000 RPM|
|Engine torque||553 LB-FT @ 1,800-4,600 RPM|
|Transmission type||8HP76 Sport|
|0-60 mph||3.6 seconds|
|Top speed||155 mph|
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé - Price
The 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe won’t come cheap. That’s a given. We already know that the M850i starts at $11,900, not including the $995 for destination and handling. Since the 8 Series Gran Coupé is the flagship model of the lineup, expect the 840d variant to start at around $116,000 to $120,000. The range-topping Gran Coupé M850i, meanwhile, should have no problem fetching at least $120,000. BMW has given no indication on whether the 8 Series Gran Coupé will be available in the U.S., but we can at least expect the 840d to remain in Europe and other markets. That leaves the Gran Coupé M850i, which we’re pretty confident will arrive in the U.S. considering that the 8 Series Coupé M50i is headed here.
The all-new 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé launches next week. At that point, we should learn everything we need to know about BMW’s one-and-true flagship model.
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