It was already a foregone conclusion at BMW at the launch of the 8 Series. Now it is in production. The 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe takes its two-door sibling’s looks and adds two doors to the package.

Design

The 8-Series Gran Coupe is BMW’s contender in the four-door coupe segment, taking up the 6 Series GC’s mantle. The 8 Series Coupe’s styling follows through on the four-door, with the sleek headlamps flanking the kidney grille, sitting above a set of massive air dams. The car is 231mm longer now, due to the two extra doors. The wheelbase has gone up by 201mm.

The profile is a great mix of sporty and stately. BMW has really neatly integrated the doors in the overall design. At the rear, the sleek taillamps, splitters, and twin exhaust cans come together to make an edgy design.

Despite gaining in length, the 8 Series Gran Coupe still retains its muscular, lithe appeal.

Technology

First off is the BMW Live Cockpit Professional, the firm’s new all-digital dashboard. Integrated with the BMW Personal Assistant, the display can adapt to the user’s needs. A customisable Head-Up Display is also part of the digital cockpit.

The Full HD touchscreen display at the centre of the dashboard handles all your music, navigation, smartphone connectivity needs. The upholstery is leather all around, with contoured seats supporting you for dual purposes: long-distance comfort and sporty driving. BMW only offers the eight-speed automatic in the 8 Series Gran Coupe.

The interiors are spot-on, with equal amounts of different trims contrasting each other throughout the cabin.

Engines

Upon launch, the 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe offers a range of petrol engines. A 3.0-litre straight-six engine powers the 840i, delivering 340hp and 500Nm. The 840i xDrive adds AWD to the base package. At the top of the line sits the mighty M850i xDrive, belting out 530hp and 750Nm from a 4.0-litre, twin-turbocharged V8. The power is, of course, sent to all wheels via the xDrive system.

The 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe will make its way to the GCC by the end of 2019.