BMW’s M division expands its performance-car lineup with the unveiling of the M8 Gran Coupe. The svelte rival to the Mercedes-AMG GT63 4Matic+ joins the 2-door M8 Coupe and M8 Convertible, adding 4-door, 4-seat versatility to a three-strong M8 model range. The M8 Gran Coupe is powered by the same twin-turbocharged 4.4L gasoline V-8 as the M8 Coupe and M8 Convertible. It comes in two states of tune: the standard model makes 600 hp and a range-topping Competition model packs 617 hp. The torque loading for both models is put at 553 lb.-ft. (750 Nm) on a band of revs between 1,800 and 5,600 rpm.
The two M8 Gran Coupes are built around gutsy 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo V8 engines which can climb to a top speed of 155 mph. This can be increased to 190 mph if the optional M Driver’s package is equipped. Despite the extra 200mm added to the wheelbase to accommodate the rear doors, BMW claims the same 0-100kph time – 3.3sec for the base car and 3.2sec for the Competition. The top speed can be increased from 250kph to 306kph, if the optional M Driver’s Package is specified.
Like the Coupe, the Gran Coupe gets a variable all-wheel-drive system and an Active M differential. Various modes allow the selection of a more rear-biased setup, and turning everything off allows the M8 Gran Coupe to become an exclusive rear-wheel-drive.
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BMW has not confirmed whether it will bring the M8 Grand Coupe to our market or not, but the standard 8 Series Gran Coupe is expected to make its way to India by mid-2020, and the 840i is expected to be priced from Rs 1.40 crore.