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2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Pros and Cons Review

BMW 8-Series Full Overview

Pros

  • Gorgeous styling
  • Strong inline-six
  • Four-door practicality

Cons

  • Pricey
  • Unrefined stop/start system
  • Cramped rear headroom

The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe won’t set any sales charts ablaze, but based on our judges’ notes, it might be the most desirable car in the automaker’s lineup. And why wouldn’t it be? Yes, it’s a sedan version of the very attractive BMW 8 Series coupe, but it manages to be just as gorgeous. The coupe‘s most standout styling details—its wide haunches, frameless doors, and long hood—translate well to the Gran Coupe. And the practicality of its rear doors is just icing on the cake.

“The proportions are just stellar,” senior features editor Jonny Lieberman said. “Just how you drew up cars on your Pee-Chee folders in high school when you dreamed of being a designer.”

We opted to take only one 8 Series variant to this year’s competition: the base 840i xDrive Gran Coupe and its turbocharged inline-six. The M850i and M8 round out the lineup (both powered by twin-turbo V-8s), but we decided to go with the one that won’t completely bust your wallet.

“In terms of engineering excellence, the 840i excels,” Lieberman said. “Few six-cylinders are as good as what the Bavarian motor company produces. This has been true historically, and it continues to be true in the present day.”

And despite its big footprint and heft (4,284 pounds), most judges agreed the Gran Coupe was a joy to drive. Testing director Kim Reynolds called it a “sweetheart” around the figure-eight course thanks to its accurate steering and linear power delivery. On the open road, the Gran Coupe drives like the legendary firm, propulsive 7 Series autobahn chargers of yore, but with a modern feel.

A majority of the judges were just as smitten with the interior, which coddles passengers in a reassuringly luxuriant, structured cocoon. The rear of the cabin is relatively spacious, with seats just as comfy as the fronts. The two-tone black and red leather not only looked expensive but also felt soft and supple. Reynolds appreciated the care designers took to integrate the infotainment screen with the dashboard.

“It delivers the feeling of accomplishment every time you get in it,” editor-in-chief Mark Rechtin said. “Everything is an extra layer of supple elegance and enjoyment.” This might be a generational thing, but our younger evaluators dissented, including MotorTrend en Español’s Miguel Cortina, who wished for more special touches (did you not see the crystal glass gear shifter?) and features editor Christian Seabaugh, who got a “chunky and inelegant” vibe from the interior.

On the tech front, there were zero complaints about the iDrive infotainment interface, and most judges had few issues with the driver-assistance features, including the lane centering system.

Nitpicks? The engine’s stop-start system isn’t quite as smooth and stealthy as that of Mercedes models with the brand’s new mild-hybrid inline-six, and taller judges were getting fairly close to the headliner while sitting in the Bimmer’s rear seats. Then there’s the price of entry, which is just slightly under $89,000, making it significantly more expensive than the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7. But as Buyer’s Guide director Zach Gale points out: “In a fashion-forward luxury segment like this one, is that really a bad thing? I’m not so sure.” Buyers of the 8 Series will likely agree.

Looks good! More details?

POWERTRAIN/CHASSIS 2020 BMW 840i xDrive Gran Coupe
DRIVETRAIN LAYOUT Front-engine, AWD
ENGINE TYPE Turbocharged I-6, alum block/head
VALVETRAIN DOHC, 4 valves/cyl
DISPLACEMENT 182.9 cu in/2,998 cc
COMPRESSION RATIO 11.0:1
POWER (SAE NET) 335 hp @ 5,000 rpm
TORQUE (SAE NET) 368 lb-ft @ 1,600 rpm
REDLINE 6,500 rpm
WEIGHT TO POWER 12.8 lb/hp
TRANSMISSION 8-speed automatic
AXLE/FINAL-DRIVE RATIO 2.93:1/1.88:1
SUSPENSION, FRONT; REAR Struts, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar; multilink, coil springs, adj shocks, anti-roll bar
STEERING RATIO 16.3:1
TURNS LOCK-TO-LOCK 2.1
BRAKES, F; R 15.5-in vented disc; 15.7-in vented disc, ABS
WHEELS, F;R 8.0 x 20-in; 9.0 x 20-in, cast aluminum
TIRES, F;R 245/35R20 95Y; 275/30R20 97Y Michelin Pilot Sport 3 ZP
DIMENSIONS
WHEELBASE 119.0 in
TRACK, F/R 64.1/65.8 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 200.2 x 76.1 x 55.2 in
TURNING CIRCLE 40.4 ft
CURB WEIGHT 4,284 lb
WEIGHT DIST, F/R 52/48%
SEATING CAPACITY 5
HEADROOM, F/R 39.1/37.0 in
LEGROOM, F/R 42.1/36.6 in
SHOULDER ROOM, F/R 57.2/54.6 in
CARGO VOLUME 15.5 cu ft
TEST DATA
ACCELERATION TO MPH
0-30 1.5 sec
0-40 2.3
0-50 3.2
0-60 4.4
0-70 5.8
0-80 7.4
0-90 9.4
0-100 11.7
PASSING, 45-65 MPH 2.4
QUARTER MILE 13.0 sec @ 104.9 mph
BRAKING, 60-0 MPH 114 ft
LATERAL ACCELERATION 0.92 g (avg)
MT FIGURE EIGHT 25.1 sec @ 0.74 g (avg)
TOP-GEAR REVS @ 60 MPH 1,400 rpm
CONSUMER INFO
BASE PRICE $88,795
PRICE AS TESTED $100,025
STABILITY/TRACTION CONTROL Yes/Yes
AIRBAGS 8: Dual front, front side, f/r curtain, front knee
BASIC WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles
POWERTRAIN WARRANTY 4 yrs/50,000 miles
ROADSIDE ASSISTANCE 4 yrs/Unlimited miles
FUEL/BATTERY CAPACITY 18.0 gal
EPA CITY/HWY/COMB ECON 20/27/23 mpg
ENERGY CONS, CITY/HWY 169/125 kW-hrs/100 miles
CO2 EMISSIONS, COMB 0.86 lb/mile
RECOMMENDED FUEL Unleaded premium


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