BMW India has confirmed that the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe and the M8 Coupe in India on 8 May. The models had been listed on the company’s official website last month and now the launch date has been confirmed.
However, the launch will take place virtually for both cars as has been the case for all the vehicle launches that have taken place during the lockdown in effect due to Coronavirus pandemic.
The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe and M8 Coupe will be available for retail through BMW’s recently launched Contactless Experience platform.
Visually, both BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe and M8 Coupe get aggressive design tenet which is highlighted by sleek swept-back headlamps, a large kidney-grille, rear haunches, numerous creases along with the body and bonnet, split tail lights, and a sporty exhaust system. But the M8 Coupe gets a different front bumper, wider air intakes, and a different design for alloy wheels.
BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe
The 8 Series Gran Coupe is BMW’s range-topping four-door coupe and takes the place of the erstwhile 6 Series Gran Coupe in the line-up. Measuring over 5m in length and just under 2m in width, the 8 Series Gran Coupe is a large car.
However, the Gran Coupe’s tight-fitting roof means it won’t be the first choice for chauffeur-driven buyers. Self-driving owners will have much to look forward to, though. India will get the 840i, which comes powered by a 340hp, 3.0-litre, in-line, six-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine.
BMW 8 Series M8 Coupe
The 8 Series Coupe for India will be an altogether different proposition. That’s because we’ll be getting the full-blown M8 Competition – the sportiest iteration of the 8 Series Coupe.
It is equipped with a 4.4-litre, twin-turbocharged, V8 petrol engine that produces 625hp and 750Nm of torque. BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system is standard-fit, though drivers will have the option to switch to a purely rear-wheel-drive layout.
As they are a part of the company’s 8-series line-up, these two cars are going to cost quite a lot. So, while the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe could cost somewhere around ₹1.35 crore, the M8 Coupe‘s price tag could be in the vicinity of ₹1.9 crores. All prices are ex-showroom.