BMW

BMW 8 SERIES GRAN COUPE M850i xDrive 4dr Auto

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph3.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2248 g/km

BMW may not have invented the idea of a premium four-door executive coupe but it could certainly be argued that they've perfected it with this car, the 8 Series Gran Coupe. Elegant, beautifully finished and impressively efficient, it's a desirable choice if you need something dynamically luxurious with four seats but have out-grown a full-sized Executive saloon and don't want anything limo-like.

GRAN DESIGNS

BMW's 8 Series Gran Coupe is both a stylised saloon and a coupe with a little extra versatility. There's nothing quite like it. Jonathan Crouch reports.

Ten Second Review

BMW may not have invented the idea of a premium four-door executive coupe but it could certainly be argued that they've perfected it with this car, the 8 Series Gran Coupe. Elegant, beautifully finished and impressively efficient, it's a desirable choice if you need something dynamically luxurious with four seats but have out-grown a full-sized Executive saloon and don't want anything limo-like.

Background

So you want a luxury saloon. The thing is though, you don't want a boring one. One day perhaps, the time might be right for you to get something like a BMW 7 Series, a Mercedes S-Class or an Audi A8. For now though, you'd like something just as smart and luxurious but more individual and dynamic. Something, perhaps, like this, BMW's 8 Series Gran Coupe. This Gran Coupe is a lengthened four-door version of BMW's more conventional two-door 8 Series Coupe and was first announced back in 2012 badged as a '6 Series Gran Coupe' to plug an important gap in the Munich maker's luxury line-up. Buyers who'd out-grown the brand's 5 Series Executive saloon and didn't want to go on into something limo-like were being lost to a new breed of more style-conscious Luxury segment models - cars like Mercedes' CLS-Class, Audi's A7 Sportback and Porsche's Panamera. Targeting these people is still the brief for this four-door 8 Series model. How effectively has it been executed? Let's find out.

Driving Experience

Four 8 Series Gran Coupe engines are on offer, the range kicking off with the 340hp 840i sDrive petrol version we tried, the only one featuring rear wheel drive. The other three variants all feature xDrive 4WD as standard. There's an 840d diesel derivative, which uses the brand's familiar 3.0-litre six-cylinder in-line diesel and delivers a maximum output of 320hp, with prodigious peak torque of 680Nm. Above that sit two 'M'-badged variants, with the one most will probably choose being the M850i derivative, which uses a 530hp version of the 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V8 you'll find in the brand's M5 super saloon. An M Sport exhaust delivers a snarly soundtrack, there's 750Nm of torque and 62mph from rest takes just 3.7s. If that's somehow not fast enough, you'll want to talk to your dealer about the even quicker M8 Competition model, which has the same 4.4-litre petrol V8 tuned up to 625hp, in which form it delivers 750Nm of torque. That flagship variant is capable of 62mph from rest in just 3.2s. Across the range, there are the usual 'Driving Experience Control' modes - 'Eco', 'Comfort', 'Sport' and 'Sport+'. For a more focussed and sporty handling, Integral Active Steering is fitted as standard to reduce the turning circle when manoeuvring. This also increases agility at moderate speeds and optimises poise and assurance when changing lanes and cornering at high speeds. It becomes more direct as the speed builds but allows the driver to manoeuvre at low speeds with minimal steering wheel movement. Optional active roll stabilisation further enhances the handling characteristics. Electric swivel motors on the front and rear axles ensure particularly fast and precise compensation of lateral forces.

Design and Build

The style of this 8 Series Gran Coupe is very similar to that of its Coupe and Convertible showroom stablemates, but it has a wheelbase that's 201mm longer in order to incorporate a couple of extra rear doors. Unlike obvious segment 'Grand Turismo'-style rivals like the Porsche Panamera and the Audi A7 Sportback (but like its closest competitor the Mercedes CLS), this BMW has a traditional notchback boot rather than a hatchback. As in other 8 Series models, the interior is awash with high-precision details and features a driver-centric cockpit and low-set sports seats featuring integral head restraints and trimmed in soft Merino leather. Despite the coupe-style pretensions here, this is a proper four-seater; there's certainly adequate head and legroom in the rear, even for loftier adults. The boot meanwhile (which has a high lip) is big enough for a quartet of adults too, being 440-litres in size (90-litres less than you'd get in a 5 Series saloon if you're wondering). Larger objects like skis can be dealt with by a through-loading hatch. If you need more room, then releasing a pair of neat boot sidewall catches flattens the rear seatbacks, a standard feature that can free up considerably more cargo space.

Market and Model

Prices start at around £70,000 for the 840i sDrive - or around £73,000 for the 840d xDrive. The M850i xDrive is around £98,000. The M8 Competition xDrive model will set you back around £121,000. Across the range, equipment highlights include Merino leather upholstery, a Head-up display, Active Park Distance Control and the BMW 'Live Cockpit Professional' infotainment set-up, which includes a 12.3 inch instrument binnacle display screen and a 10.25-inch centre-dash monitor. Via this, you'll have access to an adaptive nav system, a hard-drive-based multimedia system with 20GB, two USB ports, plus Bluetooth and WiFi interfaces. Plus there's plenty of cutting-edge camera-driven safety kit and autonomous driving tech.The driver assistance systems process camera images as well as data gathered by ultrasonic and radar sensors to monitor the vehicle's surroundings, to warn of potential hazards and to minimise the risk of an accident with corrective braking or steering inputs. The car is equipped as standard with Cruise Control with braking function, as well as Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking, the latest version of which also alerts the driver when a cyclist is detected. Depending on the situation, the system can bring the vehicle to a halt to either avoid a collision or minimise its consequences.

Cost of Ownership

Just because you're spending over £70,000 on a luxury car of this kind, it doesn't mean you'll be paying through the nose to keep it on the road. Even the M850i xDrive with its turbocharged petrol V8 is capable of 24.6mpg (WLTP combined cycle) and CO2 emissions of 226g/km (NEDC). The 840i sDrive enhances that to 33.2mpg and 168g/km. And the 840d xDrive diesel improves that to 39.2mpg and 162g/km. For the M8 Competition xDrive, it's 25.2mpg and 244g/km. Routine maintenance is dictated by 'Condition Based Servicing' that monitors oil level and engine wear, taking into account how long it's been and how far the car has travelled since its previous garage visit. To help plan ahead for the cost of regular work, at point of purchase you'll be offered a 'BMW Service Inclusive' package that lasts for three years and 36,000 miles. With this, after a one-off payment, you'll have the peace of mind of knowing that all normal work on the car has been paid for during this period, including items such as oil, spark plugs and filters. On to the warranty package. BMW offers a warranty that lasts for three years, no matter how many miles you complete. You can also insure your car through BMW, though as most 8s will be funded with company money through a lease deal, this brokerage fees are likely to be bundled into that.

Summary

Of all the motivations you might have for spending serious money on a full-sized luxury car, perhaps the most important is the need for it to make you feel special. And that's exactly how you'll feel with one of these in your driveway. It's what sets this executive four-door coupe apart from the kind of BMW 7 Series saloon you could have for much the same sort of money. And it's also what makes this a rarer, more exclusive choice than a rival Mercedes CLS or Audi A7 and a more beautifully resolved design than the only other two really direct alternatives, Porsche's Panamera and Maserati's Quattroporte. True, you do still need to spend plenty on the options list to create the 'ultimate driving machine' the Munich maker's ads promise. Do this though and you'll get yourself a car with dynamic capability no rival can match. So, in summary, is this the best luxury model BMW makes right now? There are some who would say so. And the best four-door premium coupe? Yes, that as well.

  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • Climate comfort windscreen
  • Sun protection glass
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
  • Thermally insulated windscreen
  • Front electric windows

  • Front and rear brake discs with interior ventilation
  • Electromechanical parking brake with automatic drive away release and auto hold function
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Anti-lock Brake System and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC

  • Velour floormats

  • Double wishbone front axle
  • Dynamic Damper Control

  • Enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging

  • Drive experience control with Sport, Comfort, Eco Pro and Adaptive modes
  • Integral active steering

  • Powered tailgate operation

  • Oil sensor for level and grade
  • BMW legal emergency call
  • Condition based service
  • Brake pad wear indicator
  • Instrument and upper door panel in walknappa leather
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional sat nav system with intelligent personal assistant, voice control, gesture control
  • Integrated owners handbook
  • iDrive touch controller with shortcut buttons
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Wifi hotspot preparation
  • Run flat indicator
  • Outside temperature display
  • Check control system
  • On board computer
  • Service interval indicator
  • Head up Display

  • Electrically adjustable, heated, folding exterior mirrors

  • Sport exhaust system
  • Petrol Particulate Filter

  • Favourite buttons
  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB/audio interface

  • Illuminated door handles
  • Front apron with spoiler lip on bumper
  • xDrive designation on left tailgate
  • Model logo on right tailgate
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Carbon core
  • Air breather, kidney frame and kidney struts, model designation on side and rear in cerium grey
  • Chrome M designation on front side panel, left and right

  • Welcome lights in interior and door handle area
  • High beam assistant
  • Third brake light featuring LED technology
  • Follow me home headlight function
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • LED rear lights

  • 4 zone control automatic air conditioning
  • Microfilter and active carbon filter

  • Frameless interior mirror
  • 2 cup holders in front
  • M Pedals
  • Lockable glove compartment with light
  • 2 X front 12v power sockets
  • Steering column with adjustable height and length and activation via control on the steering column
  • Illuminated M door sill finishers
  • M leather steering wheel including multifunction controls

  • Front entry lights doors
  • Dynamic ambient interior lighting
  • Front reading lights

  • Connected professional pack - 8 Series
  • M Aerodynamics pack - 8 Series
  • M Technology package - 8 Series

  • Airbags - Driver and front passenger airbag with seat occupancy detection, knee, side and front passenger seat airbag deactivation
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting, safety battery terminal clamp and airbags
  • Front three point with pyrotechnical belt latch tensioner seat belts, belt force limiter and belt stopper
  • Rear three point with pyrotechnical belt latch tensioner seat belts and belt force limiter
  • Active front seat headrests
  • Active protection
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit
  • Side impact protection
  • Two tone horn
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts

  • 50/50 split folding rear seat
  • 2 rear head restraints
  • Front and rear seat heating
  • Electric front seat adjustment with driver memory

  • Closing system with central locking
  • Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with electronic engine immobiliser
  • Centre lock switch
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Comfort access system
  • Keyless engine start
  • Vehicle key with exclusive M designation

  • Eight speed sport automatic transmission with gearshift paddle switches
  • M Sport differential

  • Front sun visors with ticket holder and illuminated mirror

  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low: 417
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium: 254
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High: 208
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High: 219
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 249
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Min: 417
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - Max: 418
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Min: 252
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - Max: 259
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Min: 206
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - Max: 210
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Min: 219
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - Max: 222
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Max: 252
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - Min: 248
  • CO2 (g/km): 229
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • CO: 0.215
  • HC: 0.012
  • NOx: 0.014
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: 0

  • Engine Code: N63B44T3
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 89
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 88.3
  • CC: 4395
  • Cylinders: 8
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 32
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TWIN TURBO
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: NORTH SOUTH
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 8 SPEED

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 15.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 25.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 31
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 29.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 25.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Min: 15.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - Max: 15.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Min: 25.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - Max: 25
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Min: 31.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High - Max: 30.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Min: 29.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - Max: 29.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Min: 25.9
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - Max: 25.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 18.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 11.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 9.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 9.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 10.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Min: 18.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - Max: 18.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Min: 11
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - Max: 11.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Min: 9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - Max: 9.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Min: 9.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - Max: 9.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Min: 10.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - Max: 11

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Service Interval Mileage: N
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: N
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 530
  • Badge Engine CC: 4.4
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 49E
  • Coin Series: M850
  • Coin Description: i xDrive

  • Engine Power - BHP: 530
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 3.9
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Power - KW: 390
  • Engine Power - RPM: 5500
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 553
  • Engine Torque - NM: 750
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1800
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 76.5

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level: RDE 2

  • Tyre Size Rear: 275/30 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 20" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 245/35 R20
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: Y SPOKE STYLE 728M

  • Width (including mirrors): 2137
  • Height: 1407
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 5082
  • Width: 1932
  • Wheelbase: 3023

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 2010
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2600
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 68
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 440
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Roof Load: 75
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): N
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 12.6
  • Max. Loading Weight: 590

  • M Sport brake in black high gloss with black calipers M designation: £0
  • 19" M Sport braking system with blue painted brake calipers with M designation: Included

  • Adaptive M suspension: Included
  • Adaptive M suspension professional: £2,495

  • Active Guard incl speed limiting and lane departure functions with auto steering, and front collision warning with brake intervention: Included
  • Parking Assistant Plus with 360 degree surround view camera: £650
  • Cruise control with brake function: Included
  • Parking assistant with active park distance control and rear view camera: Included

  • BMW Drive recorder: £0

  • Cerium grey exterior mirror caps: Included

  • Carbon fibre interior trim finishers: £450
  • BMW Individual piano black trim with highlight trim finishers: £250
  • Fine wood ash grain grey interior trim with metallic high gloss finish: £200
  • BMW Individual fine wood ash black silver interior trim with high gloss finish: £250
  • Stainless steel fabric interior trim finishers: Included

  • TV function plus including reception of digital TV stations: £1,150
  • Harman kardon surround sound loudspeaker system: Included
  • Bowers and Wilkins diamond surround sound system: £0

  • BMW Individual paintwork: £1,065
  • Panoramic glass sunroof: £1,895
  • Solid paint: £0
  • Metallic paint: Included
  • Individual Frozen paint: £2,450
  • High gloss shadowline exterior: Included
  • M Carbon roof: £2,650
  • BMW Individual high-gloss shadow line with extended contents: £450
  • Exhaust tailpipes with chrome finishers: Included
  • Chrome line exterior with body colour mirror caps: £0

  • BMW icon adaptive LED headlights: Included
  • BMW Laserlights: £0

  • CraftedClarity glass application for interior elements: £575
  • Electric rear windscreen and rear side window sunblinds: £0
  • Anthracite headlining: Included
  • Extended Merino leather upholstery: Included
  • Individual anthracite alcantara headlining: £0
  • Soft close doors: £0
  • Individual alcantara headlining: £0
  • Armrests integrated in front door trim, centre console includes storage compartment: Included
  • Electric sunblind on rear windscreen: £0
  • BMW Individual extended merino leather upholstery - I: £0
  • BMW Individual extended merino leather upholstery - II: £500
  • BMW Individual full merino leather upholstery - I: £3,250
  • BMW Individual full merino leather upholstery - II: £3,750
  • BMW Individual full merino leather upholstery - III: £4,950

  • Visibility package - 8 Series: £1,500
  • Driving assistant professional pack - 8 Series: £0
  • Front heat comfort pack - 8 Series: £0
  • M Carbon exterior package - 8 Series: £3,950
  • M Carbon exterior package without carbon blade - 8 Series: £3,950
  • Comfort plus pack - 8 Series Gran Coupe: £3,000
  • Comfort plus pack with individual alcantara headlining - 8 Series Gran Coupe: £3,000
  • Technology plus pack - 8 Series: £6,000

  • Metallic - Bluestone: £0
  • Metallic - Carbon black: £0
  • Metallic - Sunset orange: £0
  • Metallic - Mineral white: £0
  • Metallic - Black sapphire: £0
  • Metallic - Barcelona blue: £0
  • Metallic - Dravit grey: £0

  • Solid - Alpine white: £0

  • BMW Individual metallic paint - Aventurine red: £1,065
  • IIndividual frozen metallic paint - Frozen bluestone: £2,450
  • BMW Individual metallic paint - Tanzanite blue: £1,065

  • M Seatbelts: £260

  • Front seat ventilation: £0
  • Multifunctional sport seats for driver and front passenger: Included
  • Front M Sport seats: £1,295

  • BMW Individual full merino leather I - Black/Black world: £3,250
  • BMW Individual full merino leather I - Ivory white/Ivory white world: £3,250
  • BMW Individual full merino leather II - Fiona red/Black with Black world: £3,750
  • BMW Individual full merino leather II - Night blue/Black with Black world: £3,750
  • BMW Individual full merino leather III - Ivory white/Night blue with Black world: £4,950
  • Extended merino leather - Black M piping/Black world: £0
  • BMW Individual extended merino leather I - Ivory white/Ivory white world: £0
  • BMW Individual extended merino leather I - Cognac/Black world: £0
  • BMW Individual extended merino leather I - Black/Black world: £0
  • BMW Individual extended merino leather II - Night blue/Black with Black world: £500
  • BMW Individual extended merino leather II - Tartufo/Black with Black world: £500
  • BMW Individual extended merino leather II - Fiona red/Black with Black world: £500

  • Run flat tyres: £0

  • 20" Y spoke M light alloy wheels with mixed performance tyres in bicolour cerium grey - style 728M: Included
  • 20" Y spoke M light alloy wheels with run flat mixed tyres in bicolour cerium grey - style 728M: £0
  • 20" Multi spoke M light alloy wheels with run flat mixed tyres in bicolour - style 729M: £0
  • 20" Y spoke M light alloy wheels with mixed performance tyres in bicolour - style 728M: £0
  • 20" Y spoke M light alloy wheels with mixed performance tyres in jet black - style 728M: £0
  • 20" individual V spoke light alloy wheels with run flat mixed tyres - style 730l: £0

  • Tyre repair kit: Included

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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