New BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe: pics, specs, and power

New BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe takes aim at the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes CLS

John Evans
Jul 5, 2019

BMW has added two rear doors and extra interior room to its luxurious 8 Series Coupé to create the Gran Coupe, a rival to the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes CLS.

The new model shows a clear resemblance to the smaller 8 Series Coupe and Cabriolet but is wider and taller, while inside, the centre console extends from the front of the car to the rear seats which, at a pinch, can accommodate three people.

The Gran Coupe is offered with achoice of one diesel and two petrol engines, the most powerful being a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 that can launch the car from 0-62mph in 3.0 seconds, or 0.2sec faster than the lighter, two-door Coupe.

The arrival of the Gran Coupe completes the 8 Series range which kicked off with the release of the Coupe in 2018 and the Cabriolet earlier in 2019. The new models plug what was a large gap in BMW’s large, luxury line-up, a gap that arch-rivals Porsche and Mercedes were only too happy to fill. In a bid to re-establish its presence in the class, the new 8 Series, and this new Gran Coupe in particular, feature advanced technologies, greater comfort and enhanced performance.

Prices for the Gran Coupe start at £69,340. 

Read about the 2019 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe model range

Read about the 2019 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe design

Read about the 2019 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe interior

Read about the 2019 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe equipment

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How the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe diffes from the 8 Series Coupe

  • Two more doors
  • Higher roof, longer body 
  • More interior space
  • Larger boot
  • Centre console extends to rear seats

Key facts

2019 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe price from £69,340
2019 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe on sale date June 2019
2019 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe deliveries September 2019

 

2019 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe model range

The Gran Coupe is well equipped as standard and comes in only one trim. Instead, models are distinguished by their engines and drivetrains (rear-wheel and four-wheel drive, called xDrive). This explains why prices for the new car span £69,340 at their cheapest to £97,720 for the M850i xDrive, the most powerful Gran Coupe.

The new 8 Series Gran Coupe is available to order now with the first cars expected to be delivered in September.

2019 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe design

At the front the Gran Coupe looks very like the Coupe but look closely and you’ll see its windscreen is more steeply raked. This has allowed the designers to increase the car’s roofline by 61mm, so that as it flows down to the rear, there’s more headroom for rear-seat occupants.

At the same time, the wheelbase of the Gran Coupe, or distance between the front and rear wheels, is 201mm longer than the Coupe’s, while the car’s overall length has grown by 231mm. The new model is also 28mm wider at the rear, making it the widest BMW currently on sale.

Being longer than the Coupe and even more luxuriously trimmed, the Gran Coupe is also heavier by 70kg. To compensate, BMW has tweaked the car’s M Sport springs and adaptive dampers.

2019 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe interior

With rivals such as the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes CLS to contend with, the Gran Coupe doesn't hold back on the luxury. Its interior is dominated by a centre console swathed in leather that extends from the front to the rear. The driver sits cocooned in a cockpit-like environment and all seats, front and rear, are individual sports-style affairs with deep side bolsters.

BMW calls the new car a four-plus-one inasmuch as it will accept a fifth passenger between the two rear seats. Their legs, however, will be forced to straddle the rear console, making the position bearable only for short journeys.

The increases in the car’s wheelbase, height and width have enabled the designers to eke out vital additional legroom, headroom and elbow room in the rear, as well as provide two rear doors. We haven't sat in the new car but it’s safe to say there’s more interior space than the smaller, two-plus-two Coupe.

Being 231mm longer overall than the Coupe means the new model has a larger boot – 440 litres compared with the Coupe’s 420 litres.

 

2019 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe equipment

Except for its extended centre console, fittings and features-wise the Gran Coupe is no different from the Coupe. There’s the same 12.3-inch driver’s digital display and a 10.25-inch touch-sensitive entertainment screen, supported by BMW’s popular and intuitive iDrive system with main control wheel.

Other features include wireless charging, and heated seats front and rear. The rear centre console allows occupants to control the air con system and has USB sockets.

Adaptive LED headlights are standard with the more powerful BMW Laserlight system available as an option. Also optional is a panoramic glass roof that extends from the windscreen to the rear window.

  

2019 BMW 8 Series engines and drivetrains

The Gran Coupe is available with a choice of three engines, all of them paired with an automatic gearbox. The cheapest model is the 840i powered by a turbocharged, 3.0-litre straight-six petrol engine producing 335bhp. It can accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds, faster than most hot hatchbacks, and has an official economy figure, yet to be confirmed, of up to 38.2mpg.

In typical BMW fashion, it powers the rear wheels. This arrangement offers a sporty drive but can make the steering wheel tug in the driver’s hands and the car feel a little too lively in slippery conditions. That’s why, for its remaining two, more powerful engines, the Gran Coupe comes with four-wheel drive, or what BMW calls xDrive. This makes the car more secure in all conditions.

The first of these engines is the 316bhp 3.0-litre straight-six diesel engine in the mid-price 840d xDrive. Thanks to its superior four-wheel traction and stronger pulling power, it can outsprint the 840i by one-tenth of a second (5.1 seconds) yet, because it’s a diesel, returns up to 45.6mpg. It’s the most economical engine of the three offered in the Gran Coupe.

The most powerful engine is the 523bhp twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 in the M850i. It accelerates from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds, on par with some supercars, and can do up to 28.5mpg.

2019 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe review

We haven't driven the new Gran Coupe yet but we found the Coupe to be surprisingly agile for a large car, well balanced and stable. We also praised its accurate steering and range of driver modes.

Thanks to its additional weight and length, the Gran Coupe is likely to behave slightly differently and in any case, in its role as a full four-seater it needs to promote comfort over sportiness. That said, in tweaking the model’s suspension system, BMW has possibly sought to constrain the car’s body movement, improve its agility and settle the ride.

Meanwhile, thanks to its larger body and boot, high feature count and choice of powerful engines, the Gran Coupe promises to combine luxury and performance at a level that pitches it squarely against its main rivals.

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