From the moment BMW announced that it will be producing M8 versions of its 8 Series range, the company confirmed that there would be three body styles. We’ve already seen Coupe and Convertible versions, now we have the BMW M8 Gran Coupe. In BMW speak “gran coupe” stands for four-door coupe.
Four doors, two flavours
This is the very first M8 Gran Coupe from the speed merchants in Bavaria. It is also the largest member of the M8 family. This coupe version has its own body design with M-specific features such as large air intakes, BMW kidney grille with double bars, M gills on the side panels, rear spoiler and rear apron with diffuser elements and twin exhaust tailpipes. It also has a wheelbase that is 200 mm longer than two-door BMW M8 models.
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As is customary these days for M cars, BMW has launched the M8 Gran Coupe with two power outputs. Both versions are powered by the firm’s 4,4-litre V8 engine. In ‘regular’ guise it produces 441 kW, whereas the Competition version develops 460 kW; both deliver 750 N.m of torque. That torque is transferred through an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission into an all-wheel-drive system. Drivers can choose between 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD with pure rear-wheel drive and deactivated driving stability control. BMW claims the acceleration times of 3,3 seconds from 0 to 100 km/h for the BMW M8 Gran Coupe and one-tenth quicker for the Competition Gran Coupe.
In keeping with its range-topping positioning, BMW M8 Gran Coupe models come comprehensively kitted. Exclusive standard equipment includes BMW Laserlight technology, M sports seats, M-specific BMW Head-Up Display, BMW Live Cockpit Professional with navigation system and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, Driving Assistant and Parking Assistant.
Good news if you are reading this in South Africa and in the market to buy one, both versions goes on sale locally in the first quarter of 2020.