BMW has launched the first-ever BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe and BMW M8 Coupe in India today. The 8 Series Gran Coupe also gets an ‘M Sport’ edition which is a more loaded version of the sports coupe with four doors. BMW has priced the 8 Series Gran Coupe at Rs 1.29 crore (ex-showroom), the ‘M Sport’ edition at Rs 1.55 crore (ex-showroom) and the M8 Coupe at Rs 2.15 crore (ex-showroom). Also, all three models have come to India in the completely built-up (CBU) form.
BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe –
The 840i Gran Coupe is powered by a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder, in-line petrol engine which produces 336bhp and 500Nm. It can do the 0 -100 km/hr sprint in just 5.2 seconds. The aforementioned BS6-compliant motor comes mated to an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission. If that’s not enough, the top-of-the-line M Sport gets a special M Sport Differential that ensures maximum grip even with challenging changes of direction or on various surfaces. It even gets 50:50 weight distribution!
Like all BMWs, the 8 Series Gran Coupe and M8 Coupe get a host of BMW ConnectedDrive technologies like BMW Gesture Control, Wireless Charging and Wireless Apple CarPlay. There’s even a modern cockpit concept BMW Live Cockpit Professional running on latest BMW Operating System 7.0 which includes 3D Navigation, a 12.3-inch digital instrument display behind the steering wheel and a 10.25-inch Control Display. Park Assistant with Rear View Camera makes parking in tight spots easier by taking over acceleration, braking and steering.
If you’re wondering how the Top-of-the-line ‘M Sport’ Edition is different, here are a few pointers. On the outside, it gets a more performance-oriented look with BMW Lazer Lights, chrome line ‘BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line’, a choice of bespoke BMW Individual paint finishes and the ‘M Aerodynamic’ package. The ‘M Aerodynamics’ package features extra-large air intakes, specially designed side skirts and rear apron with diffuser insert in Dark Shadow metallic, 19-inch M light-alloy wheels with double-spoke style, M lettering, two chrome exhaust tips and various M interior equipment features. On the inside, the M Sport edition comes with multifunctional seats for driver and front passenger. The instrument panel/door upper trim is finished in Leather Walknappa while a choice of colours combinations.
BMW M8 Coupe –
First and foremost, it’s powered by a BS6-compliant TwinPower Turbo 4.0-litre, eight-cylinder petrol engine which produces 592bhp and 750Nm. The M8 Coupe can go from 0 -100 km/hr in just 3.3 seconds! Again, there’s an eight-speed automatic on transmission duty. Furthermore, it also comes equipped with an all-wheel-drive technology. BMW officials state that the M xDrive distributes power between the front and rear axles in fractions of a second. Depending on the selected configuration and the interaction with M Sport Differential, the focus is on optimum controllability, outstanding traction and agile handling. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.
On the safety front, all models come with six airbags, Attentiveness Assistance, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), anti-lock braking system (ABS), electric parking brake with auto hold, side-impact protection, electronic vehicle immobilizer and crash sensor and ISOFIX child seat mounting for the two outer rear seats.