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    BMW’s Gran Coupe tree stems back to mid-2014, with the launch of the iconic 4 Series that redefined the term ‘Coupe’ in motoring history. Traditionally meant to be a two-door vehicle, BMW decided to create its own version of this motoring class by adding two more doors and flipping it from an track-bred racer to a family-friendly city cruiser. Besides, for 2020, the German Giant has been making their motive quite clear, to create a synergy between track and luxury. We already caught a glimpse of the upcoming 8 Series Coupe last February, a track-oriented speedster that came with the elegance of a 7 Series sedan. And while BMW develops a new penchant for this, we get our first look at the 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe M850i – a turbocharged four-door coupe that’s safe enough to take the kids to school, resting its track alter-ego.

    Being 9-inches wider and 2.2-inches taller than the 8 Series Coupe

    BMW reworked the 8 Series Coupe in all the right places, calibrating its torque for city sprints without compromising on style. What’s unique is that the 8 Series Coupe is strictly a four-seater, with two independent rear seats. Being frontward foldable, it creates quick access to the 440-litre boot,  something new in BMW design. The extended control panel stretches all the way to the rear seats, giving it independent cooling and seating control. This however causes a major legroom obstruction for anyone sitting in the middle.

    BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe M850i
    Independent rear seats, restricting the M850i Gran Coupe’s capacity to just 2+2

    Taking tons of cues from its range topping M850i Coupe, the four-door Gran Coupe comes is 9-inches longer, an inch wider and 2.2-inches taller, to obviously accommodate the additional two passengers. The new 8 Series Gran Coupe M850i features a twin-turbo V8 engine that is capable of producing 526 BHP and reaching a blistering 0-60 MPH in just 3.9 seconds. But if you’d like something more subtle for the streets, opt for the 335-hp six-cylinder variant.

    BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe M850i interior

    In terms of cosmetics, the M850i comes with an overly aggressive face with tons of grille. It shares the similar cues with its progenitor, the sporty M850i Coupe. If you’d like to take the top off and feel the wind, hold tight, the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe M850i will make an appearance soon.

    BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe M850i
    Turbocharged at 523-hp with a twin-turbo V-8.

    Prices start at approximately $87,000 USD for the rear wheel drive 840i, $93,000 USD for the 840d xDrive and $123,000 for the top-spec M850i. Globally, bookings should begin by September so that we can expect the first family sports-car to touch our shores by May or June.

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    Mikhail Gomes
    Senior Features Writer
    A watch aficionado, Gomes also enjoys learning about fine whiskies, and one day hopes to establish his own menswear label. At Lifestyle Asia India, he writes on watches, menswear, auto and tech.