Cool things about the BMW 8 series

TheĀ bmw 8 series Gran Coupe was just released in India. It blends 7 Series luxury and M8 Coupe sportiness. The base model costs Rs 1.29 crore, but it’s wildly coveted. It mixes the characteristics of a GT vehicle with daily use and practicality. Here are five fascinating BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe facts.

BMW’s thinnest headlights

BMW’s automobile faces in recent years have been iffy, but the 8 Series nailed it. It’s been a long since I’ve called a BMW attractive. Thankfully, the grille is small, but it’s just one section. The 8 Series Gran Coupe’s headlights are also sharp. The 8 Series Gran Coupe has BMW’s thinnest headlights ever.

8 Series headlights are BMW’s thinnest.

BMW Gran Coupe

In India, BMW sells the 840i and 840i M Sport versions of the 8 Series Gran Coupe. M Sport is the same as on other BMWs. It adds an angry-looking aerodynamic package and extra standard equipment but no power. The 840i has LED headlights, but the M Sport has Laser Lights.

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BMW’s widest track

Beyond the A-pillar, the 8 Series Gran Coupe differs from the ordinary Coupe. Yes, it has two more doors, but the modifications are more profound. The wheelbase is longer by 201mm, and the rear track is wider by 28mm over the Coupe. It’s more comprehensive than the X6 M, making it the broadest BMW market. Wider tracks improve handling. A wider rear track also increases interior space, which leads to the following issue.

The BMW 8 Series GC has the largest rear track of any BMW.

The 3 Series is a legendary BMW. Seven generations. Seven! 5-Series? Seven more! Series 7? Generations! The 8 Series is in its second generation. The First-generation 8 Series, E31, debuted in 1990. It had two doors, a sizeable V12 engine (from the same family BMW supplied to McLaren for the F1), pop-up headlights, and plenty of innovation. The 8 Series was discontinued in 1999 and wasn’t revived for years. It was reintroduced in 2018 as a Coupe, Convertible, and 4-door Gran Coupe, alongside the M8. It may not have as much history as the 3 or 5 Series, but it has the credibility of that first-gen vehicle.

It’s sportscar-like

The BMW 840i has the same B58 engine as last year’s Z4 M40i. The Gran Coupe’s straight-six turbo petrol engine makes it produce 335bhp and 500Nm, like the Z4. The Z4 was a blast to drive when we reviewed it last year, and the 840i’s use of the same engine demonstrates BMW’s commitment to sportiness. The 840i is a sportscar-sedan hybrid, and this engine offers optimal performance. 0-100kmph takes 5.2 seconds; much quicker, and backseat passengers may require barf bags.