The four-door version of BMW's top coupe will be the first 8-series available in the U.S. with an inline six-cylinder engine.
Car & Driver
June 18, 2019
By: Annie White
The 8-series coupe and convertible sit high atop BMW's car lineup with their $112,895 starting price, 523-hp twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 engine, and swanky interior. But the 8's two-door setup left a little something to be desired, so BMW has created the 8-series Gran Coupe. It's a longer version of the 8-series with five seats (although we'd protest having to sit in a second-row, middle-seat berth), a new-to-8-series inline-six, and an M sport model with the same brutish V-8 that powers the two-door M850i, currently the only 8-series available for purchase (a full-bore M8 Gran Coupe is forthcoming).
The Gran Coupe shares the basics of its exterior design with its progenitor, but the cabin is longer and taller compared to the small cockpit in the two-door models. The 8GC's wheelbase is 7.9 inches longer and the car itself will be 9.0 inches longer, 1.2 inches wider, and 2.2 inches taller compared with the 8-series Classic. Eighteen-inch wheels are standard with the 840i, but that model can come with 19- or 20-inch wheels, too. The M850i comes standard with 20s but can be fitted with 19s for a more comfortable ride. A panoramic moonroof is standard and incorporates the antenna, so there's no shark fin to spoil the Gran Coupe's silhouette. Starting this fall, the M850i Gran Coupe will also be available with an optional carbon-fiber roof.
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