The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe has been revealed and will arrive in South Africa in Q4 of 2019! Take a look at what this striking vehicle has to offer...
The BMW 8 Series is available in coupe and convertible versions, with an assortment of engines to choose from. The range has now been bolstered with the addition of a 4-door Gran Coupe which is due to make its worldwide launch in September 2019.
The addition of 2 doors means more cabin space, which rear passengers will appreciate and its wheelbase, at 3 023 mm, is 201 mm longer than the 8 Series Coupe and it stands 5 082 mm in length, 1 932 mm wide and 1 407 mm high. The 8 Series Gran Coupe's rear track width is the widest in BMW's entire lineup at 1 671 mm.
In terms of engines, there'll be the range-topping M850i with its 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 producing 390 kW and 750 Nm and capable of sprinting from zero to 100 kph in 3.9 seconds. Fuel consumption is claimed at between 9.9 - 10.0 L/100 km.
A newly-developed, twin-turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line 6 engine with 250 kW and 500 Nm of torque in the rear-wheel drive 840i and all-wheel drive 840i xDrive will also be on offer. Zero to 100 kph will take only 5.2 seconds while the quicker rear-wheel drive version will take just 4.9 seconds. Fuel consumption for the 840i is claimed at 7.4 - 7.5 L/100 km while the 840i xDrive claims 7.7 - 7.8 L/100 km.
A 3.0-litre, 6-cylinder turbodiesel diesel engine which produces 235 kW and 680 Nm in the 840d is also available and zero to 100 kph will take 5.1 seconds. Fuel consumption is claimed at between 6.2 - 6.3 L/100 km. An 8-speed Steptronic transmission delivers power to the road and all engine variants have been confirmed for introduction in South Africa in Q4 of 2019.
As you can expect, the interior of the 8 Series Gran Coupe is focussed not only on the driver, but also on offering luxury and comfort for all in transit. The cabin features high-quality finishes swathes of leather as standard. BMW's fully digital Live Cockpit Professional is standard, comprising the 12.3-inch instrument cluster and 10.25-inch control display which also houses a navigation system. As always a wide range of optional equipment will be offered so that you can customise your 8 Series Gran Coupe to your heart's desire and buyers can choose between a Harman Kardon Surround Sound System or a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System.
As always, we will keep you informed as soon as local pricing and specification is revealed, so stay tuned.
The addition of 2 doors improves practicality in the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe.