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The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe starts at $84,900

Another day, another gen of Bavarian confusion, the 8 Gran Coupe replaces the 6 Gran Coupe as a 4 door version of a 2 door car with a name that implies 2 door because of a lower roofline. Its dumb, but handsome. Here’s the pricing.

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There are 3 trims to choose from: base 840i starts at $84,900 and gets a 3.0 335 horse TwinPower Turbo I6. It gets 29 mpg and a 4.9 second 0-60 time; a 840i xDrive starts at $87,800 and gets the same engine but AWD. It knocks .3 seconds off the 0-60 time but you loose 2 mpg (for 27) due to the added heft. And at the top of the 8 GC heap sits the M tuned M850i xDrive. Starting at $108,900, it gets AWD and a 4.4 liter TwinPower Turbo V8 with 523 horses.

The 840i comes pretty loaded, as it should considering its nearly $85k starting price. There are 2 designs to choose from. The standout standard features on the base Sport include:

  • Live Cockpit with Navigation
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Head-up Display
  • Frontal Collision Warning w/ City Collision Mitigation
  • Comfort Access keyless entry
  • Panoramic Moonroof
  • SiriusXM Satellite Radio with 1 year All Access Subscription
  • Harman Kardon surround sound system
  • Apple CarPlay Compatibility
  • Sport Seats

The next design is M Sport. For an extra $4,850 it includes:

  • Park Distance Control
  • M steering wheel
  • Anthracite headliner
  • Shadowline exterior trim
  • Aerodynamic kit
  • Multi-Functional Seats

I choose the M Sport design taking the price to $90.250. There are 13 exterior colors. 1 metallic and 12 metallic. The standard color of Alpine White is no charge along with 8 of the other metallic colors. 3 of the other metallic colors are all $1,950 and then one color called Frozen Bluestone metallic, is a whopping $5k. I choose Black of course for no charge. It’s also of note that 2 of the metallic colors (Bluestone Metallic and Blue Ridge Mountain Metallic) can’t be selected with the M Sport design.

Wheel selections are plentiful too. There are 12 different designs to choose from. One 18”; six 19” with 4 of them being $1,300 options; and five 20” designs. 3 of these are $1,300 options and the last 2 are $2,600 options. And of course with this being BMW all the wheels are run flat. I choose a Black 20” wheel for $2,600.

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Surprisingly there are real leather choices instead of that Sensetec or whatever its called. There’s a chose of 2 different leather choices. Merino leather has 15 different color combos. 8 of the choices are $2,000 options. Vernasca leather ( I don’t know the difference between the 2 leather types but I assume one is softer than the other.) has 3 choices but they all don’t work with the M Sport trim. I chose red/black leather interior at no extra charge.

One thing I can say about the 8 GC is that the dash is not attractive

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. Like at all. It doesn’t mesh well with the car overall in my opinion. Anyway, there are 6 dash inlay options of varying woods,metals and finishes. I choose a piano black finish for $1,080.

There are a few options broken up between 3 option packages and 9 individual options:

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  • Driving Assistance Package $500: just your standard suite of driving aids
  • Driving Assistance Professional $1,700: Same thing as above but includes Traffic Jam Assistant.
  • Comfort Seating Package $1,200: includes front ventilated seats, front and rear heated seats, power rear sunshade and rear side shades and multi functional seats.
  • Night vision for $2,300
  • Glass controls for $650
  • Anthracite Alcntara headliner for $650
  • Alcantar headliner in matching upholstery color for $650
  • Bowers & Wilkins sound system for $3,400
  • Integral active steering for $1,150

I added everything but the Glass controls and either of the headliners and the second driving assistance package.

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All in, a 840i M Sport is just over 6 figures at $101,030; add on another $1,750 for the same options on an 840i xDrive.

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The performance oriented M850i xDrive is the same for the most part. It has no designs to choose from though like the other 2 trims. Color options are the same for the most part, though it gets a nice Orange color the regular 8 GC doesn’t get. I still choose black of course.

The M850i gets 7 wheel choices. One 19” and 6 20” choices. I choose a 20’ Black wheel riding on high performance tires. It added $1850 to the price. Interior color choices are the same as well as interior dash inlays. Surprisingly there are no carbon fiber options.

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The M850 has the same options except for 2. There is a cooling & high performance wheel and tire package for $1,850 that was automatically selected when I choose the 20” option. The package also includes an extended shadowline kit and a mobility kit because of the run flats. It also includes a powerful cooling fan and an oil cooler. The second package difference is the availability of an M Carbon exterior package. For $4,100, BMW describes it as: Emphasize the sporting pedigree of your vehicle with lightweight, decorative carbon elements such an M Carbon air curtain and M Carbon blade for the front, an M Carbon rear spoiler, dynamically-styled M Carbon mirror caps, as well as single-piece carbon finishers around the tailpipes. A non-carbon, visually-upgraded diffuser insert is also included.

With the same options the M850i will set you pack $122,980.

And there you have it, If you’re one of the people BMW thought thinks “if only an 8 Series had 2 more doors and a bigger back seat” and you have $120k burning a hole in your pocket, go pick one up

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