2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe debuts as sleek four-door

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BMW has unveiled the 8 Series Gran Coupe, a swoopy four-door version of its new 8 Series Coupe and Convertible.

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To accommodate the two additional doors, the Gran Coupe is 231mm longer than the coupe, with a 201mm increase in wheelbase to boot. It’s also 30mm wider too, making it one of the widest BMWs on the road.

Visually, the GC looks like a stretched 8er coupe. Up front it’s identical to its two-door siblings, with conjoined kindey grilles and Laserlight headlights. Around the rear, there’s a sloping roofline, which leads into an inbuilt ducktail spoiler and LED taillights.

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Inside, it’s all standard 8 Series fare for the front passengers, with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.25-inch infotainment screen running iDrive 7. In the rear, a three-seat layout is standard, with BMW claiming the small centre seat is “suitable for use on short journeys”. A panoramic glass roof comes standard, with four-zone climate control available as an option.

Three powertrains will be offered from launch. There’s the 250kW/500Nm 3.0-litre turbo-petrol inline-six ‘840i’ (available in rear and all-wheel-drive guises), a 390kW/750Nm 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 ‘M850i xDrive’, and the 235kW/680Nm 3.0-litre turbocharged inline-six diesel ‘840d xDrive’. The latter two have been carried over from the coupe and convertible – the 840i six-cylinder will join those ranges in due course.

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The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe will go on sale in Europe later this year.

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