The 2020 BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe Is a Family-Friendly GT

With up to 523 horsepower on tap, hauling kids to school will be more fun than ever.

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To no one's surprise, the two-door BMW 8-Series now has a four-door sibling. Dubbed the 8-Series Gran Coupe, it's a replacement for the old 6-Series Gran Coupe, and it'll available with two engines at launch and optional all wheel drive. This is your ultimate family-friendly grand tourer.

BMW says the 8-Series Gran Coupe is completely different from the two-door 8-Series from the A-pillar back. The roofline is higher, and the rear glass has an increased rake to create more trunk space. Overall the 8-Series Gran Coupe is nine inches longer, and its rear track is 1.2 inches wider than the coupe, which, according to BMW, required the assembly plant to update its equipment to accommodate. Like the coupe, the Gran Coupe gets hexagonal LED adaptive headlights, along with slim LED taillights.

On launch, the 2020 8-Series Gran Coupe will be available in two variants: There's the 840i, which has a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six making 335 horsepower and 368 lb-ft of torque. It's able to get to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds, but option BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system, and that number drops to 4.6 seconds.

The second is the M850i xDrive. Available only with all-wheel drive, it comes with the same 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 as the coupe, making 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. It's able to propel the car from 0-60 in just 3.7 seconds. It also gets adaptive M suspension, a sport exhaust system, bigger brakes, an M Sport differential, unique aerodynamics, and a host of trim upgrades. A carbon fiber roof is available as an option.

Both versions of 8-Series Gran Coupe come standard with an eight-speed automatic with launch control and the brand's clever GPS-aided predictive shifting software. Top speed is limited to 130 mph with all-season tires, but can be raised to 155 mph if optioned with summer tires.

As with the coupe, the 8-Series Gran Coupe gets double-wishbone suspension up front and a five-link setup at the rear, with standard Dynamic Damper Control. All-wheel drive Gran Coupes get all-wheel steering as standard.

The interior of the 8-Series Gran Coupe is largely the same as the two-door, save for the rear seating area, which has 7.1 more inches of legroom and a 40:20:40 split-folding bench, allowing for all sorts of cargo and passenger combinations.

Production for the 8-Series Gran Coupe will begin in July 2019, with deliveries starting in September. Pricing for the base 840i starts at $84,900, and climbs to $87,800 for the 840i xDrive, and $108,900 for the M850i xDrive. These prices do not include a destination fee of $995. And in case you're wondering, BMW has yet to confirm an M8 Gran Coupe. But considering there's an empty slot in its lineup where the M6 Gran Coupe used to be, we bet that'll make an appearance soon enough.

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