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And that’s a wrap… BMW rounds off new 8 Series with four-door Gran Coupé

By Paul Connolly

BMW has completed its revived 8 Series range by adding a larger Gran Coupe model to the line-up.

The Gran Coupé – bigger, wider and taller than others in the range – goes on sale in September priced just shy of £70k.

It follows the existing coupé and convertible models into an 8 Series range bulging with choice and extras.

The 8 Series name has been revived from the famous BMW 8 Series made between 1990 and 1999 and fondly remembered for its V12 engines and pop-up headlamps.

However apart from paying homage to its predecessor, and sitting powerfully atop the BMW range, there’s not much in common with the heritage models.

The 8 Serious Gran Coupé plugs in to where the previous 6 Series Gran Coupé was, only it’s bigger and more luxurious.

It has a 3,023-millimetre wheelbase – an increase of 201mm over the coupé – and measures 5,082mm in length (+231mm), 1,932mm in width (+30mm) and 1,407mm in height (+61mm).

The front track width of 1,627mm is the same as the two-door car’s, while the rear track of 1,671mm is 28mm wider, making it the widest of any current BMW model.

The four-door body design makes the Gran Coupé easier to get in and out of; making it a better family car or limo and should help in its rivalry with the likes of range-topping versions of the Audi A7 and Mercedes CLS. The Porsche Panamera is within its sights, too.

There’s a wealth of engine choices – all V8 – to complement the space and premium features.

At the bottom is a 840i turbocharged 3.0-litre six-cylinder petrol unit, which will complete the sprint from 0-62mph times in up to 4.9 seconds, and features official combined fuel economy of 39.2mpg.

Then there’s a 3.0-litre diesel 840d, which will do the same speed sprint just two tenths of a second slower, but will allegedly return 47.9mpg.

At the top of the range is a sporty M850i xDrive, powered by a 523bhp turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 that will get to 62mph from a standing start in an impressive 3.9 seconds. The trade-off here is that you’ll only get 28.8 mpg in return, though.

Delivering all this power are the latest BMW transmission, suspension and engineering systems including eight-speed Steptronic transmission, chassis technology sharpened with racing know-how, adaptive M suspension with bespoke tuning, active roll stabilisation, M Sport differential, BMW xDrive, and M Sport braking systems.

Like the coupé and convertible, the Gran Coupé is bristling with the latest BMW tech and driver assists.

You will, of course, find all the latest BMW luxury goodies inside including leather trim as standard, multi-function seats, automatic boot opening, wireless phone charging tray, Head-Up display, and more.

The car features the latest BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant – activated with a “Hey BMW” – and a Drive Recorder, which records video from cameras, including the 20 seconds before and after any impact, which it automatically saves.

The Parking Assistant will automatically park the car for you, and various Driver Assists like lane control and certain automatic braking facilities are present.

The new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe goes on sale in September, priced from £69,340 on the road.

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