By on June 19, 2019

While we got an early peek of the new 8 Series Gran Coupe via some leaked photos, the full lineup has now been revealed by BMW. The entry level 8 Series will be in the form of the rear-wheel drive 840i. With the 340 hp turbo inline-6, the cost of entry begins at $84,990, plus $995 destination. Meanwhile, the M850i xDrive will start at $109,895.

On many cars, the design of the rear seems like an afterthought — or possibly a feature designed by a separate team from the front. Either way, it’s rare that a rear end is the most striking part of a car’s design. Here, though, BMW has crafted such complexity and visual strength, that I find myself continuing to stare at the rear ¾ view.

The front end of the 8 Series Gran Coupe is a duplicate of the Coupe, while the A-pillar rearward is unique. The manufacturer states that the 8 Series Grand Coupe has, “More legroom than ever in a BMW coupe.” That’s because it’s not a coupe, BMW.

As compared to the Coupe, the GC is taller (+61mm), wider (+30mm), and longer (+231mm), with a wheelbase that’s been stretched by 201mm. Considering this car is actually likely to carry rear passengers, the shape had to change to provide the head and legroom necessary to house them. The form that is struck by as the C-pillar joins the rear of the car is muscular and distinctive. It is my personal opinion, but I strongly prefer a sharp definition to the end of a trunk lid — which every other 4-door coupe that I can think of lacks.

I suspect that BMW consciously designed the car to avoid the need for a motorized rear spoiler to create downforce. With weight management in mind, the doors, outer skin of the roof, hood, front shear panel, engine subframe, front bulkhead, and rear bumper support are all made from aluminum. That complex trunk lid is plastic, the cockpit support is magnesium, and carbon fiber-reinforced plastic is used in the center tunnel to reduce heft and maximize rigidity where necessary. As a result, the Grand Coupe’s weight gain was limited to 154 lbs. There will also be an optional carbon-fiber roof that will replace the heavy glass double sunroof and offer a lower the center of gravity.

With 2 engines available at launch, the 840i Gran Coupe will be offered with the aforementioned 3.0-liter twin-scroll turbo inline-6, making 340 hp and 369 ft-lbs. This will be routed through the 8-speed automatic to the rear wheels, through a standard M Sport active locking differential. All-wheel drive is offered in the 840i xDrive Gran Coupe and the M850i xDrive Gran Coupe. The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 makes a stated 530 hp and 553 ft-lbs and will only be offered in the xDrive application. The M8 is expected to share the running gear with the current M5, including the AWD system.

The rear seats in the 8 Series Gran Coupe are formed to mimic the fronts, providing rear occupants an increased level of lateral support in the case of an enthusiastic chauffeur. The center console extends all the way to the rear of the cabin, all but negating the use of the back’s center seat. BMW calls it a 4+1-seater, but the belt is probably just there to appease some government agency on the off chance it gets used.

A multitude of interior finishes and colors will be available but I hope every buyer will option a 2-tone interior like that in the photos. Those rear seats look like they should be fitted to a car with a Shelby badge on it and that’s not a bad thing. The instrument panel and doors will feature leather wraps to compliment the chairs, which are sport seats as standard. However M Sport seats are available in M Sport package cars and the M850i xDrive Gran Coupe.

[Images: BMW]

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32 Comments on “2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Officially Revealed...”

  • avatar

    OK – from a couple of days ago – I do see the Camry in the rear bumper! No fan of the fake vents and excessive slashes, but I have to give BMW credit for finally making a very striking sedan. I really like that tail end with the bulged fenders and the clean swoop of the glass, but the trunk lid cut-line is a little jarring. I’ll still go on record that this design should have gone into any new 5-series or 7-series (given the price) given that the well-heeled have moved into the stupid-expensive luxury crossovers and that can move the sedans into something a little more impractical…like this!

  • avatar

    Those power numbers are very unimpressive for the prices. Reminds me of a fiero, looks the part but it only takes one peak at the performance numbers to lose interest. Also why does it take a turbocharger to make 340 HP out of a I6? The Camaro has 335HP from its N/A V6 and it starts in the $20s.

    Fan of the i6 but if it requires a turbo charger for those numbers then that’s pretty poor.

    • 0 avatar

      Because it’s a million times more refined and smooth than the lump in the Camaro. Different vehicles require different powerplants.

    • 0 avatar

      Hey, watch it with the Fiero comments!
      JK, but I do own an ’88 GT V6 5-speed with 21k miles… Childhood dream car that I couldn’t pass up. You’d be amazed at the heads that it still turns, though.
      And, as for the turbo… because torque. People buy hp, but drive torque.

      • 0 avatar

        “People buy hp, but drive torque.”

        People are kind of boring. I know everyone is all about the Cummins-like power delivery these days, but it would be nice if BMW offered one scream-machine in its lineup.

        • 0 avatar

          I’m with you. That’s probably why I drive one of the last NA cars, a 128i. 6MT, M Sport Suspension + M3 control arms, 3.64 LSD upgrade, 3-stage intake, BMW Performance Intake and Exhaust, and tune. 270+ crank NA hp, good torque, and quick throttle response makes it a fun car!

      • 0 avatar

        I was mainly referring to the 4 cyl fiero, the V6 does have a small aftermarket, I’m around 180HP on my 60v6, and I’ve done very little tuning or power mods other than the bore and stroke.

      • 0 avatar

        Torque is horsepower multiplied by a constant, by definition, but why bother with the definitions when you can trot out that hoary old line about people driving torque? More torque at any given engine speed means it’s making more horsepower. No mystery involved.

        Hummer likes 6.2 liter pushrod wheelbarrows because DOHC mills don’t fit. Since the 3.0l BMW turbo I6 pushes the 4900 lb X5 to 60 in 4.9 seconds and through the quarter in 13.6 seconds at 101 mph, compared to the GM High Feature 3.6 V6 with 335 hp in the 3500 lb Camaro only managing 13.8 at 101 mph, it’s highly unlikely BMW is having late night sweats about GM engine technology. (C/D figures)

        • 0 avatar

          I like pushrods because their simpler, more effective, and are far more advanced than spinning two cam shafts for a block nearly twice as big. I’m glad you feel that 0.2 seconds in the quarter mile is worth $60k premium, but as you point out it’s even worse on paper than it sounds.

          Oh did I forget to mention that the BMW engine has a turbocharger? Might as well give it a CVT and finish digging that grave.

    • 0 avatar

      The Camaro’s 335 hp engine is 3.6 liter vs. 340hp from 3.0 liters for the BMW’s, which can’t be stretched that far in displacement due to the bore spacing. However the Camaro only develops 284 lb-ft of torque, compared to the BMW’s 369 lb-ft.

      In the turbo era it’s become irrelevant to think about hp per liter in the way we used to. With enough boost you can reach almost any level of horsepower — e.g. the 1980s era Formula 1 BMW turbo engine with an estimated 1500 hp from a 1.5 liter 4 cylinder. Not for long, mind you…

  • avatar

    I like the look, but there’s a LOT of Stinger in there.

    • 0 avatar

      The Stinger will still be on the road when this thing is being photographed by Murilee Martin at some pick-u-part yard.

      • 0 avatar

        If you have the money, you can drive something like this for a long time.

        But here’s the problem – the original owner, who probably really does have the money, is most likely going to move on the “new hotness” once the lease is done, and the subsequent owners probably aren’t going to want to spend what it takes to maintain it.

        So, yeah, the Kia might actually be on the road longer.

    • 0 avatar

      I saw my first Stinger the other day, that car is gorgeous :)

  • avatar
    John R

    “The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 makes a stated 530 hp and 553 ft-lbs…”

    That’s a curious figure given the hardware. I’m curious to know the behavior of this motor in action. Hopefully, most of the torque comes in super early.

    “As a result, the Grand Coupe’s weight gain was limited to 154 lbs…”

    That sounds like something of an achievement.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    The rear was probably cribbed from the i8.

  • avatar

    I still think this is nice looking, but there are a lot of nice looking cars for $111K, some are a LOT less

  • avatar

    It is pretty, and at $109,895, it costs a good $105 less than I paid for my house (back in the 1980’s), but at 200″ it would be too long to fit in my 199″ long garage. Such a shame.

  • avatar

    More Panamera copying?? wheres the coupe??? i see a sedan.

  • avatar

    So BMW made a Stinger with a Supra rump. For $110k. Base.

    I’ll bet in 5 years we’ll see more of these on flat beds and road sides with their hoods up than we will running.

    • 0 avatar

      Well, the $110,000 is for the M version, which would do awful things to a Stinger. The basic version is “only” $80,000.

      Yeah, the pricing here is silly, but it’s a relative bargain compared to the AMG whatever-they-call-it four door coupe – I saw one a while back that rang in at a cool 150 large, and it looked like a giant whale.

  • avatar

    Lovwe the interior but not as enthused about the exterior as Anthony. The C-pillar sits too heavily over the rear wheels. Much less successful than the A7, A5 or Arteon in that regard. Rear end styling is also too busy.

  • avatar

    If BMW powertrain were reliable, I would buy this 840 i’x! I scare that the engine will burn oil and oil leaks will be a nightmare experience as part of the BMW ownership experience!

  • avatar

    OMG, that rear end is easily as bad as any Bangle butt era BMW.

    Horrible trunk cut line, lumps, bumps, scoops and ridiculous trunk lid/spoiler.

    What killed sedans was this bowing to a stupid “coupe” four door trend where all usefulness and practicality have been edited out for purposes of style. People intending to buy a sedan looked at the absurdity and bought CUVs.

    The front end is great. It just needs a major gluteous maximus-ectomy

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