BMW unveiled its four-door 8 Series today.
We’ve had a chance to sample the return of BMW’s flagship coupe, but now the 8 Series’ four-door follow-up has arrived. Meet the 8 Series Gran Coupe, which will enter production next month.
The 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe comes in three flavors. The base model 840i Gran Coupe starts at $85,895 (including $995 destination) and comes with a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six engine and, crucial for BMW enthusiasts, rear-wheel drive.
Stepping up to the 840i xDrive adds all-wheel drive to the mix, and ups the starting price to $88,795. Finally, there’s the M850i xDrive Gran Coupe, which brings in a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 and a $109,895 asking price.
Unlike the two-door 8 Series, the Gran Coupe offers comfortable seating for five, thanks to a 9.0-inch longer length. Everything from the windshield back is different, so the four-door model has a unique profile to the coupe. The Gran Coupe is 1.2 inches wider and also has a 7.9-inch longer wheelbase. Thankfully, most of that extra length goes to passengers, adding 7.1 inches of leg room and 7.7 inches of shoulder room.
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Performance
The standard BMW 840i Gran Coupe offers up 335 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque. The M850i Gran Coupe, thanks to its larger V8 engine, chucks out 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, just like the two-door version. As with the coupe, both engines mate up to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
BMW claims the standard 4,262-pound 840i Gran Coupe model can hit 60 mph in 4.9 seconds from a standstill. The all-wheel drive 840i xDrive will do the sprint in a slightly faster 4.6 seconds. Finally, the M850i Gran Coupe will hit 60 in 3.7 seconds.
Without a doubt, that is a seriously quick 0-60 time, but there is a price to pay for all that power and all that luxury. The 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is fantastically heavy. The beefier powertrain tips the curb weight of the M850i to a whopping 4,758 pounds. To put that in perspective, the range-topping four-door 8 Series weighs as much as a 4,798-pound Ford F-150 4×4 SuperCab with a 5.0-liter V8 engine.
Packed with technology
On the flip side, all that heft means the 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe comes with every technological feature under the sun. Standard equipment on the 840i models includes 18-inch wheels, a panoramic moonroof, and a 464-watt Harman Kardon sound system, and that’s just the tip of the iceberg. The M850i xDrive’s standard equipment list is even more impressive, with an M Sport differential and brakes, Adaptive M suspension, Active Roll Stabilization and multi-function ventilated seats.
Optional equipment includes various driver assistance packages, as well as a carbon fiber trim on the M850i from November 2019 onward. A 1,400-watt, 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system is optional, as is a Cooling and High Performance Tire Package.