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WATCH: The new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe

2019-06-21 10:00
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A four-door sports car has been added to the new BMW 8 Series range. With its standalone body concept, plus powertrain and chassis technology designed squarely to engender supreme dynamic ability, the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe embodies a brand of sporting flair unique in the luxury segment.

New BMW 8 Series range expands with the arrival of a four-door sports car for the luxury segment and is only model in segment derived directly from a two-door sports car.

READ: BMW's most luxurious coupe in SA - Stunning new 8 Series arrives locally

Developed alongside the BMW 8 Series Coupe and the BMW M8 GTE endurance racing car. Body structure, powertrain and chassis geared squarely to maximising performance capabilities.

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Low centre of gravity, even weight distribution, lightweight construction with aluminium, magnesium and carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP), aerodynamically optimised body. 

Launch from September 2019 with four model variants:

The BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe with 390kW V8 engine, BMW 840i Gran Coupe, BMW 840i xDrive Gran Coupe with new 250 kW six-cylinder in-line petrol engine and BMW 840d xDrive Gran Coupe with six-cylinder in-line diesel unit with/ 235kW.

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Only the BMW M850i Gran Coupe, BMW 840i Gran Coupe and BMW 840d xDrive Gran Coupe will be available in South Africa in the fourth quarter of this year.


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Standard specification includes sports seats and Vernasca leather trim, shift paddles on the steering wheel, ambient lighting, and fulled leather trim for the instrument panel and door shoulders. Outer rear seats styled as individual seats with integral head restraints.

Third rear seat is suitable for use on short journeys. Automatic boot lid operation and Comfort Access (including hands-free opening and closing of the boot lid) are standard.

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It has a boot capacity of 440 litres. The panoramic glass roof is exclusive to this model; transparent area of around 1.5 square metres produces an exceptionally light and airy feel and creates a continuous glass surface extending from the windscreen back to the rear window.

Other options available exclusively for the four-door 8 Series include four-zone automatic climate control and sun blinds for the rear side windows and rear window.Exceptional balance between supreme long-distance comfort and sports performance courtesy of extended wheelbase and bespoke chassis tuning honed with race expertise. Adaptive M suspension as standard, active roll stabilisation optionally available for all model variants.

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BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe and BMW 840i Gran Coupe fitted with M Sport differential as standard, Integral Active Steering standard in the all-wheel-drive model variants and optional for the BMW 840i Gran Coupe. Driving Experience Control switch activates clearly differentiated COMFORT, ECO Pro, SPORT and SPORT+ modes, enabling a broad spectrum of setup options – from dynamic to comfortable. Adaptive LEDs headlights and rear lights are standard.

BMW Laserlight with Selective Beam and extended high-beam range of 600m available as an option.M Sport package comprises bespoke design and equipment features: extra-large air intakes, specially designed side skirts and rear apron, 19" M light-alloy wheels, M Sport brakes, multi-function seats, M leather steering wheel, illuminated door sill plates with M logo.

BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupe also features a front spoiler extension, 20" M light-alloy wheels with high-performance tyres, specially designed M Sport brakes, exclusive exterior features in Cerium Grey, interior trim strips in stainless steel mesh design and illuminated door sill plates bearing the model badge. M Technic Sport Package is also available for all other model variants.

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Standard Chrome Line Exterior with distinctive trim bar in the rear apron adds model-specific details that accentuate its elegance. Scope for customisation is provided by the M Carbon exterior package (with air intake bars, exterior mirror caps and tailpipe trims in CFRP) and highly exclusive options from BMW Individual.

High-quality options for added sporting flair, passenger comfort and modern luxury: multi-function seats and M Sport seats, BMW Individual Merino leather trim with extended appointments and BMW Individual Merino full leather trim, active seat ventilation, soft-close doors, Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, Heat Comfort package, glass applications for selected controls.

Extensive range of driver assistance systems: High Beam Assistant, Driving Assistant comprising Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function, Lane Change Warning and Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info, rear crossing traffic warning and rear collision warning, plus Parking Assistant including reversing assistant all fitted as standard.

Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Driving Assistant Professional including steering and lane control assistant, lane keeping assistant with active side collision protection, Evasion Assistant, distance information, crossing traffic warning, road priority warning and wrong-way driving warning, and Parking Assistant Plus with Surround View, Top View, Panorama View and Remote 3D View available as options.

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Luxurious and progressive standard specification includes BMW Display Key, telephony with wireless charging, BMW Head-Up Display and BMW Live Cockpit Professional with navigation system, fully digital instrument cluster and 10.25" Control Display. BMW Operating System 7.0 enables extremely quick access to settings and functions.

Multimodal operation using touchscreen display, iDrive Controller, steering wheel buttons, voice control or gesture control. BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant on hand as digital co-driver and vehicle expert. Controlled using natural voice commands. Experience Modes for the interior are tailored to different requirements.

Integration of Microsoft Office 365 and Skype for Business; BMW Digital Key makes it possible to access the vehicle and start the engine using a smartphone. Remote Software Upgrade facility for updating vehicle functions over the air.

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