Driving Report: BMW 8 Gran Coupe

With 250 kW / 340 horsepower and hefty 500 Newton meters of torque, the engine pushes the 1,8 ton heavy Gran Coupe out of the speed cellar emphatically

In addition to the coupe and convertible, BWM also offers another 8er variant, the Gran Coupé. The four-door is longer and more spacious - but cheaper!

The last car to be built, a much-quoted saying from Ferry Porsche, will be a sports car. Whether the Spirit Rector of all sports cars should really be right, only our ancestors will learn in the distant future; Despite the protests that are spreading these days against the automobile, individual mobility is unlikely to end so soon. However, the fact is that classic sports cars are not selling so well, the SUV run the sleek two-seaters from the rank. Although highly potent luxury athletes are still in demand enough that BMW has recently reissued the 8er. But the Munich have to come up with something to make the series profitable. Her answer: The four-door 8 Gran Coupe, which is now available at the dealer. Interesting: Although you get more car, the Gran Coupe with 91.500 Euro after all, 3.000 Euro cheaper than the classic coupe.

The 840i also celebrates its premiere in the Grand Coupé

Above all, the growing Asian market can not do much with tight two-door cars. So BMW has the 8er coupe unceremoniously stretched to over 23 centimeters and now housed on 5,08 meters length not only two other doors, but also three reasonably comfortable seats in the rear. At least the legroom is in order two in order, up it is for tall guests, despite six inches more height than in the coupe, rather narrow; especially if the optional panoramic glass roof has been ordered. It gets uncomfortable on the emergency seat in the middle: Because of the rear through center console you sit here more like a camel than in a car. On the other hand, the luggage compartment is quite generous. At full seating 440 liters go into the deep boot and if that is not enough, the back seat can be laid flat.

So that there is no likelihood of confusion with the similarly sized 7er, the designers have strictly adhered to the 8er style, up to the A-pillar two- and four-door are identical and for the Langen's also a sporty M-package; that he is not quite as crisp as the two-door is due to design. The cockpit is typical of BMW: virtual instruments and a wide infotainment screen ensure the digital touch, the large, tight seats and the fine materials for a feel-good atmosphere. Of course, here, in addition to a complete set of assistance systems, the invisible voice assistant on board, on the command "Hey, BMW!" In action and questions and commands sometimes more, sometimes less well answered or followed. An eye-catcher is as in all new BMW, the automatic selector lever in glass optics, although it probably longer divide the spirits.

The cockpit is BMW typical

Regardless of the engine variant, it is used to operate an impeccably graded and super-easy-shifting eight-speed automatic transmission. The powertrain itself in the Gran Coupe on the one hand, the two known engines: In M850i (122.700 Euro) 4,4-liter V8 gasoline engine with 390 kW / 530 PS and thus enough power for a hundred sprint in less than four seconds, or the straight-six -Diesel in 840d (from 97.000 Euro), which is not exactly weak on the chest with 235 kW / 320 PS but proliferates with only about six liters of consumption. Both are standard with four-wheel drive.

On the other hand, the 840i celebrates its premiere in the Gran Coupé, which has simultaneously entered the Coupé and Convertible. The gasoline engine draws its power like the diesel from six cylinders arranged in row with three liters displacement and is the only one also with pure rear wheel drive to have. And to be honest, that's all it takes to have fun with the 8er: with 250 kW / 340 PS and powerful 500 Newtonmeter torque, it pushes the 1,8 tons of heavy Gran Coupé out of the speed cellar and purrs silky-smoothly, as only a row six does. On 100 Tempo is in 5,2 seconds, the end is at 250 km / h. At the latest when the Sport button is pressed, you can really crack it with the six-cylinder, but the Gran Coupe, like his brothers, never unmannerly. The extremely comfortable suspension tuning is tighter in dynamic operation, but not uncomfortable. In addition, the Gran Coupe with over three meters wheelbase (plus 20 centimeters) anyway a bit quieter on the road than coupe and convertible.

In addition to the coupe and convertible, BWM also offers another 8er variant, the Gran Coupé

Whether you miss the all-wheel drive in everyday life? Certainly not: The 840i has enough traction in almost all circumstances, and should it wobble too quickly accelerate out of the curve but very briefly with the rear, that is a: athletic and b: not dangerous, since the electronics intervene immediately. For all those who want to drive regularly with the 8er but also to the ski resort or the mountain lodge, offers BMW against 3.300 Euro additional payment here, the xDrive technology. Small treat: With four-wheel drive, the 840er remains under five seconds in the standard sprint. Consumption, on the other hand, increases only slightly, and in theory is still less than eight liters. Thus, the 840er is indeed far from an eco-car, but much more economical than its large gasoline brother M850i. The should be content with ten liters, but in practice is much thirsty.

BMW 8 Gran Coupe - Specifications:

Five-seater, four-door luxury-class sports sedan, length: 5,08 meters, width: 1,93 meters (width with exterior mirrors: 2,14 meters), height: 1,41 meters, wheelbase: 3,02 meters, trunk volume: 440 liters

840i (xDrive): 3,0-liter turbo inline six-cylinder gasoline engine; Power: 250 kW / 340 PS, maximum torque: 500 Nm at 1.600-4.500 rev / min, rear-wheel drive (four-wheel drive), eight-speed automatic, 0-100 km / h: 5,2 (4,9) s, Vmax: 250 km / h, Consumption: 7,5-7,2 (7,8-7,5) l / 100 km, CO2 output: 170-164 (179-171) g / km, Emission standard: Euro 6d-Temp, Efficiency class: C, Price: from 91.500 (94.800) Euro

M850i xDrive: 4,4-liter turbo V8 gasoline engine; Power: 390 kW / 530 PS, maximum torque: 750 Nm at 1.800-4.600 rev / min, four-wheel drive, eight-speed automatic, 0-100 km / h: 3,9 s, Vmax: 250 km / h, fuel consumption: 10,0-9,9 l / 100 km, CO2 emissions: 229-226 g / km, emission standard: Euro 6d-Temp, efficiency class: E, price: from 122.700 Euro

M840d xDrive: 3,0-liter turbocharged six-cylinder diesel; Power: 235 kW / 320 PS, maximum torque: 680 Nm at 1.750-2.250 rev / min, four-wheel drive, eight-speed automatic, 0-100 km / h: 5,1 s, Vmax: 250 km / h, fuel consumption: 6,3-5,9 l / 100 km, CO2 emissions: 166-155 g / km, emission standard: Euro 6d-Temp, efficiency class: B, price: from 97.000 Euro

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