BMW has unveiled the 8 Series Gran Coupe, a four-door variant completing the luxury flagship range.
The Gran Coupe will arrive in showrooms in September alongside the existing coupe and convertible models. It is bigger in most dimensions than its two-door coupe sibling, 23cm longer, 3cm wider and 6cm higher with a wheelbase stretched by 20cm.
The four-door variant is based on the same platform as the two-door models, but has had its chassis tuned specifically for its extra dimensions. Adaptive M sports suspension is fitted as standard.
Four versions will be available at launch. The 840i puts out 340hp from its straight six-cylinder petrol engine, and is available in rear or four-wheel-drive versions. The high-performance V8-engined M850i produces 530hp put through an all-wheel-drive powertrain and sending it through 62mph from rest in 3.9 seconds.
A diesel model is also available with 320hp and badged 840d. Like its siblings it is specified with BMW’s eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission with change paddles on the steering wheel.
Standard equipment includes sports seats, an instrument panel and door cards trimmed in leather, a panoramic glass roof only available on the Gran Coupe, and individual rear seats to give passengers. According to BMW the car offers more rear legroom than any previous coupe from the brand.
The Gran Coupe will make its public debut at BMW’s NextGen media conference in Munich later this month. Dealers are now taking orders, at prices starting from £69,340.
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