2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe

2020 MODEL
$84,900 - $87,800
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2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: April 4, 2020
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Bayerische Motoren Werke AG. Yes, its a mouthful, but that is the full form of BMW. The German auto giant that has been around for 103 years and give or take a month. Starting out as an aircraft manufacturer, the brand quickly transitioned to cars in 1928. Fast forward to the 21st Century, BMW has two segments under its command, two-wheelers, and four-wheelers.

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Pros

Reinforced chassis

Longer and wider than the other variants

Harman Kardon Music System

State-of-the-art Safety features

Active collision monitoring

More cargo space compared to rivals

Heritage model revival

Cons

Uncomfortable rear seats

Cramped headroom

Pricier than outgoing 6-series Gran Coupe

What's New?

The car is all-new for the 2020 model year.


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$84900

bodystyle

4dr Sedan

passenger capacity

5

drivetrain

RWD

engine type

displacement

183 cu.in.

horsepower

335 hp @ 5000 rpm

torque

368 lbs.-ft. @ 1600 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

brake rotors (f/r)

15.6/15.7

dimensions

wheelbase

119 in.

length

200.2 in.

width

76.1 in.

height

55.2 in.

curb weight

4262 lbs.

ground clearance

4.8 in.

capacity

cargo volume

15.5 cu ft.

payload capacity

838 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

22/24/29 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited

roadside assistance

4 yr./ unlimited


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Videos
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Styles

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe in Alpine White color
Alpine White

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

9.0

Fuel Economy

7.0

Interior

9.0

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OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe 840i

840i

power
335 hp @ 5000 rpm
fuel
Premium unleaded (required)
mpg
20 combined

$84,900 - $87,800


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
840i 4dr Sedan (3.0L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $84,900 MSRP (17/20/26) 335 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3 L, Inline 6, premium unleaded (required)
8-Speed Sport Automatic rear wheel drive 5
840i xDrive 4dr Sedan AWD (3.0L 6cyl 8A) Starting at $87,800 MSRP (17/20/26) 335 hp @ 5000 rpm, 3 L, Inline 6, premium unleaded (required)
8-Speed Sport Automatic all wheel drive 5

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Under the four-wheeler segment, adding life a heritage model from the past, and giving it a fantastic facelift to make it relevant in the millennial generation, with the 8-Series. The 8-Series was first launched in 1990 and was in production till 1999. Since then, the model stayed in the grave and until a revival in 2018. With the svelte drool-worthy form factor and the aggressive headlamps to add to the flair, the 2020 8-series Gran Coupe is the classic example of sports meets luxury.

The 8-Series GC is going against the likes of Maserati Ghibli, the British Jaguar XJR-575, and segment leader Mercedes-Benz’s AMG GT Sedan, so has its work cut out for itself to stand out as the best sport-tourer. Let’s see if the German brand has finally arrived in this segment or not.

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Front View
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Rear View

8.0/10
Features

 

9.0/10
Engine and Performance

 

7.0/10
Fuel Economy

 

9.0/10
Interior

 
 
 
 
 

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Features

8.0/10

BMW is offering the 8-Series Gran Coupe in two trims, a standard variant, and a performance-oriented AWD x-Drive variant. Both the trims come with 18-inch wheels as standard coupled with 245/45R18 all-season tires to make the touring truly Grand.

Model

8-Series Gran Coupe

MSRP (RWD)

$84,900

MSRP (AWD)

$87,800

Key Features

BMW M-sport Differential

 

ABS with EBD and Brake Energy Regeneration

 

BMW Active Protection System to detect an impending collision and perform safety measures with Emergency Assist

 

Harman Kardon Surround Sound System with 16-speakers and 464W Amplifier

 

12.3-inch Live Cockpit Professional Display

 

10.5-inch Central Infotainment System

 

Power Adjusted front and rear seats

 

Ambient lighting with front and rear reading lights and vanity lights for the driver and passenger

 

18inch Wheels with all-weather tires

BMW offers customizability to the buyers and there are a plethora of options to choose from. You can opt for 19-inch or 20-inch wheels, driver-assist features, and many other accessories to add more character to the car and make it a stand-out Sport Grand Tourer.

Which trim to buy?

We would recommend the standard 840i trim with both the auxiliary Driver Assistance Packages and the Seating comfort packages. The Drive assist packages will add lane assist and self-driving in traffic which will ease off the pressure from the driver. The system also performs safety measures like tightening seatbelts, closing windows and moonroof and activating the post-crash braking to bring the car to a halt if it senses an impending collision.

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Engine and Performance

9.0/10

The 2020 8-series Gran Coupe comes with a 3.0L TwinTurbo Inline-6 Cylinder Engine. The powerhouse produces 335 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque that is delivered within the 1600-4500RPM range.

Models

BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe

Porsche Panamera*

Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Sedan

Jaguar XJR-575*

MRSP

$ 84,900

$ 87,200

$ 99,950

$ 123,300

Engine

3.0L TwinTurbo Inline-6

3.0L Twin-Turbocharged V6

3.0L Turbocharged Inline-6

5.0L Supercharged V8

Drivetrain RWD RWD AWD RWD

Transmission

8-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed automated manual

9-speed shiftable automatic

8-speed shiftable automatic

Power (hp @ rpm)

335@5,000

330@5,400 

429@6,100

575@6,250

Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)

369@1,600

331@1,340

384@1,800

517@3,500

*details used from 2019 model year

The base trim is a rear-wheel-drive which is very agile when it comes to driving the 4262 lbs beast. That being said, people who want a more immersive and laid-in drive experience can opt for the x-Drive all-wheel-drive variant of the 8-series. The upgrade to x-Drive will cost $2,900 more and add about 160lbs of weight, which makes it just 20lbs shy of 4400lbs.

How fast is it?

Being a 4300lbs car, the 2020 BMW 8-series Gran Coupe is surprisingly fast. Opt for the x-Drive AWD configuration and despite the weight addition, the car clocks in 0.3-seconds faster. Despite being a TwinTurbo, the engine can clock in the rated 7000 RPMs quite comfortably.

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe 0-60 MPH In just 4.9 sec

Models

BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe

Porsche Panamera*

Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Sedan

Jaguar XJR-575*

0-60 MPH (sec)

4.9 

5.4 

4.4 

4.2

Quarter Mile (sec)

13.3 

13.8 

11 

12.2

Top Speed (MPH) 155 164 189 174

Engine

3.0L TwinTurbo Inline-6

3.0L Twin-Turbocharged V6

3.0L Turbocharged Inline-6

5.0L Supercharged V8

Emission (Tons/yr. of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/year)

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

When put into sport mode, the inline-6 engine just snarls and the drive to bury the gas pedal grips you. The 369 lb-ft of torque thrusts you back into the seat and the typical BMW experience takes over. Thought the car is fast, it’s certainly not the fastest. But then again, it’s not exactly meant for setting speed records. The Mercedes-Benz dominates as usual with just 1-sec short of being a “10-second” car.

How good are the Brakes?

Considering the premium price you are paying for the tourer, brakes are top of the line. The rims are 18inch as standard, married to 245/45R18 all-weather tires in the front and the wider 275/45R18 tires in the rear. The brand offers an optional bump up to 19 or 20-inch wheel setup with matching tire size for people who prefer the “donk” look on the 8-series Gran Coupe.

Models

BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe

Porsche Panamera*

Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Sedan

Jaguar XJR-575*

Brake Rotors Front (in)

Ventilated Disc

Ventilated Disc

Ventilated Disc

Ventilated Disc

Brake Rotors Rear (in)

Ventilated Disc

Ventilated Disc

Ventilated Disc

Ventilated Disc

Curb Weight (lbs)

4262

4157

4594

4156

60-0 MPH (ft)

108 

101 

N/A

111 

Considering that it is one of the heavier cars, the tourer manages to come to a halt in a remarkably short distance. ABS with EBD is standard with BMW Dynamic Braking control. On tight corners, the Cornering Brake Control system kicks in to handle all the turns with ease. The system also has a brake fade compensation and brake drying feature to ensure that the car stops as admirably on rainy days as on sunny days.

How well does it Handle?

As the name ”Gran Coupe” suggests, the car is made for family travel over long distances. And that is precisely what it offers. Driving the 8-Series Gran Coupe is a treat for it offers the sporty feel of the 8-Series Coupe but still maintains the stability of a long luxury sedan.

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Front View

Regardless of the fact that it has a long wheelbase, the active rear-wheel steering virtually supports in shortening the wheelbase which adds to the agility of its character. The steering response is better than it was before but still feels very numb like the other BMWs. With the 8-Series, the confidence to carry high speeds in corners comes automatically as the Cornering Brake Control kicks in. In a tight turn, the car exhibits its love for the road more than ever as the tires stick to the road like glue. The M-Sport differential puts power on the wheels and helps keep things stable when it’s needed.

The drive mode selection is quite easy and the car adapts to the change in the drive modes faster than the blink of an eye. Putting it into Adaptive mode would be the best, the car will adopt the character you need from it. In the mood to burn rubber? The car will offer a great throttle response or if you want to just cruise, it will automatically drop the revs and adopt the tourer character.

The balance between sportiness and luxury on the Gran Coupe is impeccable. With an active suspension, bumps hardly reach the riders inside. The suppleness with which the 8-Series rides is all attributed to the fine-tuning Damper Control System of the Suspension setup.

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Fuel Economy

7.0/10

Being the top of the line and performance-centric sport tourer, you would expect the Coupe to incur heavy fuel costs. On the contrary, the 8-Series offers the best in class fuel economy in its segment.

Models

BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe

Porsche Panamera*

Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Sedan

Jaguar XJR-575*

MPG (City)

22

19

19

15

MPG (Highway)

29

27

24

23

MPG (Combined)

24

22

20

18

Fuel Capacity (Gallons) 18.0 23.7 21.1 21.1
Range (City/Hwy/Combined) (mi) 396/522/432 450/640/521 401/506/420 317/485/379

The usable fuel tank capacity is 18-gallons which is lesser than all of its competitors, save the Mercedes Benz. With the fuel economy that BMW claims, on a full tank, the car can offer a city mileage of 396-miles and 522-miles on the highway.

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Interior

9.0/10

Compared to its 2-door siblings, the wheelbase of the Gran Coupe has been stretched by 7.9-inches. Inside, the car has been elongated by 9-inches, stretched by 1.2-inches and raised by 2.2-inches to make room for the seats in the back. Enter the car and you notice the no-nonsense BMW design language all over. Right from the seat design to the dashboard and the familiar 3-spoke steering wheel. Though there are multiple options color palettes that you can pick up during customization, but the monotone interiors seem a bit bland as compared to the dual-tone interiors outgoing 6-series Gran Coupe.

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Front Seats

Nevertheless, the interior is minimalist and is designed to keep the focus on driving experience rather than the in-vehicular controls. Seats, armrests and steering wheel in the front are heated. An additional comfort package can be picked up for $1,900 which will add the same capabilities to the rear seats.

Models

BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe

Porsche Panamera*

Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Sedan

Jaguar XJR-575*

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

5

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.6/57.2/42.1

37.9/54.6/43.1

40.8/57.8/58.6

39.5/57.6/41.5

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

40.6/54.6/36.6

34.5/52.0/32.4

38.2/57.2/58.6

37.2/56.6/38.9

The 2+2 configuration is not as comfortable as the 7-series but for short people, it can still be roomy. For the average height passenger and driver, the car will be comfortable but people on the taller side might find themselves struggling for space in the rear.

If you want to seat a 5th person in the middle rear seat, be prepared to have the legs flailing on the central console which stretches all the way to the back and houses climate control panel, 2 USB Type-C charging ports and AC vents for the rear seats.

The lumbar support seems impractical as the seat design is sport centric. Overall, the seats still do a decent job of keeping you seated in high-speed dynamic conditions.

There is no shortage of features that the 8-Series GC offers, from driver-assist features to dynamic control systems, the car is packed to the brim to justify the price it asks.

  • Electronic Throttle Control
  • Regenerative Brakes
  • Dynamic Stability Control
  • Dynamic Traction Control
  • Dynamic Damper Control
  • Dynamic Cruise Control
  • Voice control in-vehicular controls, including navigation
  • Bluetooth, WiFi Hotspot with 3GB/3-month trial
  • Apple Car Play
  • Merino/Vernasca Leather upholstery
  • Keyless entry, start and stop
  • Advanced Key memory with last used climate control settings
  • Heated 14-way power-adjustable front seats, including 4-way power lumbar adjustment, 2-way manual lateral adjustment.
  • Front map lights and rear reading lights with separate L/R controls
  • Wireless charging (Qi standard)
  • Rain-sensing automatic windshield wipers
  • Full LED automatic headlamps and taillamps
  • Power folding heated side mirrors
  • Auto-Dimming interior rearview mirror

The cabin is mostly silent besides the occasional roaring of the 3.0L TwinTurbo inline-6 engine. The BMW Extended Ambient Lighting adds lighting to the door handle area, footwell area, vanity mirrors, with options to selecting from 11 interior lighting designs. With the 8-Series GC, the experience is truly grand.

Infotainment System

2020 BMW 8-series Gran Coupe comes equipped with a 12.3-inch Live Cockpit Professional which is reconfigurable. The car comes equipped with the latest iDrive 7.0 software. Compared to the Mercedes-Benz’s UX and the German Audi’s Virtual Cockpit, the iDrive seems a bit more formal.

Shift your gaze slightly to the right and the unmissable 10.25-inch infotainment display, fitted with the iDrive infotainment tech is also ready to answer your commands. This system is controlled by the rotary knob on the center console. Below the display are the A/C vents and the ambient temperature display. The infotainment comes loaded with:

  • SiriusXM® Satellite Radio with 1-year All Access subscription
  • MMI Radio Plus
  • HD Radio™ with "multicast" FM station reception
  • Bluetooth with Streaming audio compatibility
  • Harman Kardon Surround Sound audio system with 16 speakers and 464 Watt amplifier
  • Apple CarPlay
  • BMW Teleservices
  • 2 USB ports
  • 32GB of multimedia storage

For android phone users, Android Auto has been given a miss in the infotainment setup. But the car does have an abundant supply of driver-assist features.

What about Cargo Space?

The Gran Coupe is big alright, but the one place it is not big is cargo space. The style and theatricality have taken precedence over the practicality when it comes to boot space. Given that the car is a sport-tourer, it still has enough space to carry a lot of stuff.

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Has a Cargo Space is 15.5 cu ft.

Models

BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe

Porsche Panamera*

Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Sedan

Jaguar XJR-575*

Cargo Capacity (ft3)

15.5

17.6

12.7

15.2

Boot space is not minuscule when compared to its segment but you might find yourself wanting more space if you plan to take it for an outstation trip with your family.

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Interior
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Interior
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Interior
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Interior
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Interior
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Interior
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Interior
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Interior
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Interior
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Interior

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Exterior

Taking design cues from its previous model years and preserving the sleek look of its 2 door siblings, the Gran Coupe is a definite head-turner. Maintaining elegance with the kidney-shaped grille design, aggressive headlamps with partial-hexagon DRLs, and adding a suave wide-body kit, the 8-Series carries its design with panache. Walk to the side, and the 4-door will instant remind you of the 6-series Gran Coupe form factor.

2020 BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe Three Quarter View

Models

BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe

Porsche Panamera*

Mercedes-Benz AMG-GT Sedan

Jaguar XJR-575*

Curb Weight (lbs)

4262

4157

4594

4156

Length (in)

200.2

198.8

199.2

206.9

Width (in)

76.1

76.3

76.6

74.8

Height (in)

55.2

56.0

57.3

57.5

Ground Clearance (in)

5

8.4

4.6

4.1

Wheelbase (in)

119

116.1

116.2

124.3

The roof merges with the rear trunk with dorsal body lines to create the visual treat of the long and flowing body. The rear glass has an increased angle to increase the trunk opening size. This increased angle of mounting also plays a significant role in the body’s structure by increasing the torsional rigidity while eliminating noises from outside.

With the sportscar inspired look and strong shoulders, the car strikes a perfect balance yet again.

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Exterior
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Exterior
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Exterior
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Exterior
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Exterior
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Exterior
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Exterior
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Exterior
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Exterior
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Exterior
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Exterior
2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Exterior

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Safety

BMW 8-Series has never been tested by the IIHS or the NHTSA since its debut in 2018, and judging by the pattern, it seems unlikely to happen in the 2020 model year either. The car has not BMW has beefed up the safety quotient of the 8-Series Gran Coupe by adding state-of-the-art safety features and then allowing further additions via customizations.

The loaded features that the car comes with are:

  • BMW's Active Protection System detects imminent accidents and performs safety measures for passengers inside
  • BMW Assist eCall which includes SOS Button and Enhanced Automatic Collision Notification
  • Impact sensor that activates Battery Safety Terminal disconnect and automatically unlocks doors, and turns on hazard and interior lights
  • Hazard Preview
  • BMW Remote Services including Stolen Vehicle Recovery
  • Front and Rear Head Protection System
  • Active Guard with Frontal Collision Warning
  • Automatic City Collision Mitigation and Braking including Daytime Pedestrian Detection
  • Dual-stage SRS Airbags
  • Automatic-locking retractors (ALR)
  • Power central locking system with safety unlock feature if airbags deploy
  • Dynamic Stability Control inclusive of Brake Fade Compensation and Brake Drying
  • Dynamic Traction Control
  • Anti-Lock Braking System with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Tire pressure monitoring
  • Anti-Theft engine Immobilizer
  • Rearview Camera
  • 3-point safety belts with two way tensioner
  • LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children)

Further, optional safety features that can be added to the BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe are:

  • Driving Assistance Package 2

The features in this package are Active BlindSpot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, Park Distance Control.

  • Driving Assistance Professional Package

The features of this package are radar based Active Driving Assistant Pro and Extended Traffic Jams Assistant for limited access highways

With an abundance of safety features that are present by default and then addition of more options during customisations, the BMW 8-Series is one of the safest cars out there.

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Competition

BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe VS Porsche Panamera

From the home turf of Germany, VW’s Porsche has Panamera in the luxury sport tourer segment. Comparing it to the BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe, the Porsche Panamera seems like a compromise even after paying a higher price than the BMW. With a similar 3.0L Turbocharged engine, churning out similar horsepower and torque, the Panamera is smaller and offers lesser MPG. If you want something that has style with substance, the 8-Series Gran Coupe is the car to opt for.

2020 Porsche Panamera

BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe Vs Mercedes Benz AMG GT Sedan

Mercedes Benz’s performance division AMG has the AMG GT 4-door Sedan battling it out in the luxury sport tourer segment. Quite contrary to its name, it’s not based on the flagship AMG GT sportscar, but on the E-Class and CLS-Class. Smaller in size, but with a better and slightly bigger performance centric engine which churns out more horspower and torque than the BMW 8-Series GC. But carrying the AMG tag comes at a price which is $15,000 dollars higher than the BMW. With the Gran Coupe, BMW has managed to trump out its long time rival in this segment.

2020 Mercedes Benz AMG GT Sedan

BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe Vs Jaguar XJR-575

Tata Motors owned JLR group’s XJ is considered as one of the most coveted full size luxury sedans in the world. That being said, JLR took the XJ and gave a steroid shot with the XJR-575. With a 5.0L Turbocharged V8, that churns out 575 horses and 517 lb-ft of torque, the XJR is available only as the long wheelbase configuration, which makes it bigger and more comfortable than the 8-Series Gran Coupe. Comparing the Jaguar to BMW, the 8-series Gran Coupe is a much better deal as it costs $40k lesser and offers a much more comprehensive safety system and driving assist features.

2020 Jaguar XJR-575

 

2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Final Verdict

At a price tag of $84,900, the 2020 BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe has finally made its arrival in the luxury sport tourer segment with a very dominating presence. Loaded with features from top-to-bottom, this car offers the perfect package. With the trademark BMW feel and costing $1,500 lesser than the 7-Series, if you want something that can thrill you like a sportscar and yet be comfortable and practical as a daily driver, the 8-Series Gran Coupe is the perfect car in this segment. If you’re on the market for a car of this class, we would highly recommend to give this car a serious consideration.