2020 BMW 840 Gran Coupe

ALGARVE, Portugal – You love driving, but your kids are growing and the idea of a crossover or a three-box sedan is just so boring. The crush of reality is real, but so is the call of the open road – which begs the question: is there a four-seater that won’t embarrass you, and more importantly, could it possibly be entertaining enough to fling across your favorite backroad like the sports cars you savored in your youth? The abhorrently named “four-door coupe” phenomenon has been a thing now for some time, but sleek sedans haven’t always been the ultimate performance solution. Take the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7, which apart from their high-dollar, high-powered performance variants, fall on the cushy side of things. The new 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is different. It fully inherits the dynamic talents of the traditional BMW 840i Coupe, but caters to those unsatisfied by its minuscule rear seats and the inherent practical limits of any two-door car. The Gran Coupe's 15.5 cubic-foot trunk is only marginally bigger than the Coupe's surprisingly large space, but that's really where things diverge. Based on BMW’s CLAR platform, the 8 Series Gran Coupe's wheelbase is 7.9 inches longer, the roof 2.2 inches taller, and the track now wider than any production BMW. So expansive is its stance that its assembly line in Dingolfing, Germany, needed to be altered to make sure the new car could fit. The most dramatic dimensional alteration is to the back seat, though, where the Gran Coupe gains a remarkable 7.1 inches of legroom (meaning you no longer have to amputate your legs to fit in the back), and a positively humane increase of 7.7 inches of shoulder space. I’m 5-foot-11 and sat “behind myself” in the rear seat, finding it to be perfectly livable. But that seat with the steering wheel is (arguably) the most important one in a BMW, and so I approach the 840i and its 3.0-liter 335-horsepower turbo inline-six with somewhat low expectations. After all, my street test of this slope-tailed four-door immediately followed an exhilarating track drive of the 617-horsepower M8 Competition Coupe. Of course it was disappointing – right? Well, wait a minute. Sure, there’s a distinctly humbler cylinder count and horsepower rating, but this entry-level Gran Coupe trimmed out in rear-drive weighs in at 4,262 pounds, a full 496 lbs below its V8-powered M850i Gran Coupe sibling. While no screamer, the new inline-six’s twin-scroll turbocharger is claimed to respond quicker, while a max torque of 368 pound-feet is squeezed out between 1,600 and 4,500 rpm. Its 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds may be three-tenths of a second slower than the 840i xDrive version, but the rear-drive 840i still feels plenty brisk once it gets going, accelerating hard before each smooth shift. For reference, the 522-horsepower M850i hits 60 mph in less than 4 seconds, while adding additional performance goodies that include beefier brakes, an M sport differential and an adaptive suspension. It also starts at $109,895, including destination, …
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ALGARVE, Portugal – You love driving, but your kids are growing and the idea of a crossover or a three-box sedan is just so boring. The crush of reality is real, but so is the call of the open road – which begs the question: is there a four-seater that won’t embarrass you, and more importantly, could it possibly be entertaining enough to fling across your favorite backroad like the sports cars you savored in your youth? The abhorrently named “four-door coupe” phenomenon has been a thing now for some time, but sleek sedans haven’t always been the ultimate performance solution. Take the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7, which apart from their high-dollar, high-powered performance variants, fall on the cushy side of things. The new 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is different. It fully inherits the dynamic talents of the traditional BMW 840i Coupe, but caters to those unsatisfied by its minuscule rear seats and the inherent practical limits of any two-door car. The Gran Coupe's 15.5 cubic-foot trunk is only marginally bigger than the Coupe's surprisingly large space, but that's really where things diverge. Based on BMW’s CLAR platform, the 8 Series Gran Coupe's wheelbase is 7.9 inches longer, the roof 2.2 inches taller, and the track now wider than any production BMW. So expansive is its stance that its assembly line in Dingolfing, Germany, needed to be altered to make sure the new car could fit. The most dramatic dimensional alteration is to the back seat, though, where the Gran Coupe gains a remarkable 7.1 inches of legroom (meaning you no longer have to amputate your legs to fit in the back), and a positively humane increase of 7.7 inches of shoulder space. I’m 5-foot-11 and sat “behind myself” in the rear seat, finding it to be perfectly livable. But that seat with the steering wheel is (arguably) the most important one in a BMW, and so I approach the 840i and its 3.0-liter 335-horsepower turbo inline-six with somewhat low expectations. After all, my street test of this slope-tailed four-door immediately followed an exhilarating track drive of the 617-horsepower M8 Competition Coupe. Of course it was disappointing – right? Well, wait a minute. Sure, there’s a distinctly humbler cylinder count and horsepower rating, but this entry-level Gran Coupe trimmed out in rear-drive weighs in at 4,262 pounds, a full 496 lbs below its V8-powered M850i Gran Coupe sibling. While no screamer, the new inline-six’s twin-scroll turbocharger is claimed to respond quicker, while a max torque of 368 pound-feet is squeezed out between 1,600 and 4,500 rpm. Its 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds may be three-tenths of a second slower than the 840i xDrive version, but the rear-drive 840i still feels plenty brisk once it gets going, accelerating hard before each smooth shift. For reference, the 522-horsepower M850i hits 60 mph in less than 4 seconds, while adding additional performance goodies that include beefier brakes, an M sport differential and an adaptive suspension. It also starts at $109,895, including destination, …
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$84,900 - $87,800 MSRP / Window Sticker Price

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Engine 3.0L I-6
MPG 22 City / 29 Hwy
Seating 5 Passengers
Transmission 8-spd w/OD
Power 335 @ 5000 rpm
Drivetrain rear-wheel
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