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BMW M8 gains “practical” Gran Coupe spec

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What happens if you love the M8 but find the Coupe and Convertible a bit tight on space for the family, well BMW has solved your issue with the global unveil of the M8 Gran Coupe in standard and “mad” Competition spec, and it’s coming to Mzansi in the first quarter of 2020.

The M8 Gran Coupe retains the M Performance design as seen in the M8 Coupe and Convertible with large air intakes and M-specific BMW kidney grille with black double bars at the front. Adaptive LED headlights come standard with the option of BMW Laserlight with BMW Selective Beam, which generates a high-beam range of up to 600 metres.

The side gets M gills on the front side panels, aerodynamically optimised exterior mirrors and 20 inch M light-alloy wheels in twin-spoke design. Where the M8 Gran Coupe differs from other M8s is in the carbon fibre-reinforced plastic roof. The Gran Coupe retains the stylish Coupe sloping flow towards the rear but has 2 additional side doors thus aiding day-to-day practicality. The wheelbase is also longer than the Coupe aiding practicality and high-speed stability.

The rear gets an aero optimised spoiler atop the boot lid, L shaped LED rear lights and the two pairs of exhaust tailpipes integrated into the rear apron. The rear spoiler and rear apron inlay get a high gloss black finishing. M Performance design bits have been added to the design spec of both models  meaning buyers can add black chrome finishing on the kidney grille, mirror caps and side gills. The M Sport exhaust system comes with electronically controlled flaps delivering a stirring engine soundtrack.

Inside, M8 Gran Coupe buyers will get the same quality, driver-focused cabin as seen on other M8 models. This means there is an M-style cockpit with M Sport seats, M leather steering wheel and M-specific read-outs for the instrument cluster and Head-Up Display. The M feeling can also be enjoyed by rear occupants who in addition to getting their own doors (over the Coupe), also get an increase in legroom, headroom and shoulder room. The rear backrest has a 40 : 20 : 40 split/folding design and its individual sections can also be released from the boot. Typical BMW, buyers can individualise their M8 Gran Coupe with a long list of extras. Automatic boot lid operation allows access to the 440-litres of boot space.

Powering the M8 Gran Coupe is BMW’s high-revving 4.4litre V8 unit with M TwinPower Turbo technology resulting in a 441kW for the “standard” model whilst the Competition spec gets 460kW. Both models are rated at 760Nm of Torque. Performance is rapid as the standard model needs 3.3 seconds to do the 0-100km/h sprint whilst the Competition needs 3.2 seconds for the same sprint. 0-200km/h takes just 11.2 seconds for the standard model with the Competition taking 11 seconds flat. Both models are limited to 250km/h top speed rising to 305 km/h if the optional M Driver’s Package is selected.

The M8 gets the M xDrive all-wheel drive and the Active M Differential to channel its power onto the road with assurance at all times even when the road conditions are not at its best. Shift times are rapid due to the eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic and M shift paddles on the steering wheel.

Expect the M8 Gran Coupe at your local BMW dealer early in 2020 (Jan to March) but you can go ahead and spec yours today so you become the first one to get yourself, your kids and dogs “speed sick”.

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