Horsepower, tech, or cubic feet? Have all three in the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe

BMW continued its long streak of new model introductions by unveiling the 2020 8 Series Gran Coupe. It’s a four-door sport sedan designed for buyers seeking the style, performance, and luxury of the two-door 8 Series introduced in 2018 without sacrificing space.

As its name implies, the 8 Series Gran Coupe picks up where the 6 Series Gran Coupe left off. It’s not just an 8 with a longer wheelbase, though. It’s 1.2 inches wider, 2.2 inches taller, and a full nine inches longer than its two-door counterpart. Adding sheet metal in every direction let designers carve out a more spacious cabin. It won’t rival a cavernous SUV like the Chevrolet Suburban, but it offers an ample amount of room for four passengers and a respectable 15.5 cubic feet for their gear.

High-resolution screens dominate the dashboard. The driver faces a configurable 12.3-inch unit that replaces the instrument cluster, while a separate, 10.2-inch screen lets the front passengers navigate the infotainment system via a tablet-like interface. State-of-the-art gesture control technology is available, too, and buyers can select an upgraded head-up display with better graphics, a larger display area, and more content at an extra cost.

The 8’s assertive design works well on a low-slung four-door like the Gran Coupe. The front end is dominated by kidney grilles whose dimensions are relatively restrained considering BMW’s recent designs, like the 7 Series, and by sharp headlights with LED inserts. It’s impossible to mistake the Gran Coupe for anything other than a BMW when you see it in your rear-view mirror.

The fastback-like roofline flows into a spoiler integrated into the trunk lid, while elongated L-shaped lights create a visual link between the two- and four-door variants of the 8. The Gran Coupe is a looker; more so than the 6 Series Gran Coupe was, if you ask us. We can’t say we’re surprised by it, though, because its design was previewed by the M8 Gran Coupe concept shown in 2018.

At launch, the lineup will include two models called 840i and M850i, respectively. Offered with rear- or all-wheel drive, the 840i comes with a 3.0-liter straight-six engine turbocharged to deliver 335 horsepower from 5,000 to 6,000 rpm and 368 pound-feet of torque between 1,600 and 4,500 rpm. Stepping up to the M850i — which is all-wheel drive-only — adds a turbocharged V8 with 523 hp and 553 lb-ft. of torque.

Both engines spin the four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. The M850i is the performance champ of the lineup with a zero-to-60-mph time of 3.7 seconds. It will lose this crown when the M8 Gran Coupe arrives later in 2019 packing up to 617 hp between its front fenders.

The 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe will begin arriving in showrooms in September 2019. Pricing starts at $84,900 for the 840i and $108,900 for the M850i before BMW adds a mandatory $995 destination charge. Those figures place the Gran Coupe in the same arena as fierce competitors like the Porsche Panamera and the Mercedes-AMG GT Four-Door.

Product Review

BMW gives the M4 CS additional performance cred, but it comes with lots of tradeoffs

Splitting the difference between the standard M4 and the hardcore track setup of the limited-production M4 GTS, the CS brings with it a sharper look to match its sharper performance, but there are some caveats involved.

Prepare to procrastinate: The 2020 Toyota Supra online configurator is now live

The Toyota Supra is back, and even if you can't afford one, you can still design your ideal version of the reborn sports car in Toyota's online configurator. It's a great way to procrastinate.
Movies & TV

Amazon's Lord of the Rings series looks to Jurassic World for its director

Amazon Studios is betting big on its Lord of the Rings prequel series, which has a multiseason commitment and a budget of more than $1 billion. The series' first season will arrive by 2021.

2020 Buick Enclave three-row crossover will give you a back massage

The 2020 Buick Enclave gets a number of small updates, including massaging front seats and a new infotainment system compatible with SiriusXM's 360L streaming service. The updated Buick Enclave goes on sale later this summer.

Volkswagen and Ford confirm partnership on electric cars, autonomous driving

Volkswagen and Ford have confirmed a major tech-sharing deal. It will give Ford access to VW's MEB platform, which will underpin many of the German automaker's future electric cars. The Ford MEB electric car launches in 2023.

Amazon Prime Day 2019 deal dishes 15% discount on the Garmin Dash Cam 55

Amazon Prime Day 2019 promises great discounts on lots of items. Aside from the usual gadgets and appliances, deals for the Garmin Dash Cam 55 and other automotive tech products are also popping up.

10 crazy technologies and innovations banned from Formula One

Formula One prides itself on being at the pinnacle of racing technology, but that means teams sometimes push things over the edge. Here are 10 examples of tech that was banned from Formula One.

Fiat wants to transform the cheeky 500 city car into an urban Tesla

Fiat is finally preparing a new 500. Scheduled to make its debut in early 2020, the retro-chic city car will go electric in part to comply with looming emissions regulations.

How selectable driving modes are able to turn your car from Dr Jekyll to Mr Hyde

If you don’t have unlimited cash to spend on buying a whole stable of cars to fit every need and occasion, you’re going to need your current car to fill multiple roles.

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Drone lens, laser synth, and more

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!

You can unlock Lincoln’s massive 2020 Navigator with your phone

The 2020 Lincoln Navigator adds a phone-as-key feature that lets the driver use a smartphone in place of a traditional key fob. Other changes for 2020 include more standard convenience features, and some new trim packages.

Best automotive deals for Amazon Prime Day

Christmas in July has arrived again with Prime Day 2019, and we're here to be your Santa Claus for all things car tech. We scoured through all the best deals for this non-bank holiday to find you the very best swag to keep your ride on the…

The best Amazon Prime Day deals on dashboard cameras for your car

The dash cam market grows annually, so these devices are rarely on sale. Prime Day 2019 is a stellar opportunity to modernize your car, keep yourself safe behind the wheel, and possibly capture something hilarious on film.

Waze now tells you the cost of toll roads along your route

Navigation app Waze now tells you how much you'll be paying for toll roads, should you decide to take them. Enter your route and the app will display the various tolls you'll be paying on that particular trip.