The 8 Series moniker is not new to BMW. Flick through the history pages of this German luxury car-maker and the 8 Series was a beautiful coupe with pop-up headlamps along with everything cool which the 90’s era brought. It was beautiful and with a V12, went like a rocket but in a velvet glove.
BMW has brought back that name with the gorgeous 8 Series Gran Coupe that you see here. We drove the car or rather ogled at it for most of the time and shook our collective heads in agreement that it is the best-looking BMW and also possibly one of the best-looking cars. Now that is a big statement but the 8 Series Gran Coupe sort of justifies it with its relaxed demeanor and rather sensuous lines. The 8 Series Gran Coupe is big but svelte along with peppered with gorgeous lines. With four doors the shape looks a lot more appealing over the coupe plus edgy headlamps and the tight-fitting grille is nigh on perfect. This is no barge as it is very much a sports GT; the low and wide proportions mixed with restrained but beautiful styling.
We have the 840i on sale in India and the version we had driven was the M Sport. It’s fully loaded in a way we do expect a Rs 1.5cr car to be in the first place. But the car is not trying too hard which we like though the gear lever does come under the category of being “too blingy” but other than that, the cabin reeks of quality but again is also about understated elegance. It is very typical BMW and does not come with “trying-too-hard” body hugging sports seats or lashings of carbon-fiber. It’s very much a gentlemen’s club here. That said the rear seats are surprisingly roomy enough for two passengers- which means long journeys with your family or friendly is very much possible plus the boot is big enough to swallow any no. of designer handbags or luggage.
While the M8 Coupe gets the full-fat M treatment, the 840i is slightly pared back with a straight-six with 340 horses on tap. It is fast make-no-mistake, but it does not show have an overly aggressive personality. It can cruise around and also be surprisingly comfortable despite those massive wheels. On a long journey, your spine will not be crushed and neither will you need to drive nervously in fear of an edgy power delivery. Yet when you put your foot down the engine lets out a dignified roar and you see blurring scenery and some crazy numbers on the heads-up display.
It is a fast car but does not embrace speed most of the time and also is about style plus luxury. That is what a GT should be and BMW seems to have made the perfect one – albeit with four doors draped on it.