What is it?

With its low-slung sportscar nose, long, ‘fast’-flowing roof and strong shoulders, the 8 Series Gran Coupe is a luxury grand tourer or four-door GT. A car that goes up against competition like the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS, it is the third model in the reborn 8 Series line-up; the coupé and the convertible being the other two.

But unlike an everyday sedan or SUV, the 8 Series Gran Coupe’s brief isn’t simple. Part of its long list of must-haves is stunning low-slung looks, luxury, space comfort, and, of course, thrilling performance. In fact, the product brief clearly states the new 8 Series Gran Coupe should ‘drive like a two-door sportscar’; no easy task for something that weighs 1,800kg. So it needs to have the right hardware: the right engine, gearbox, chassis, suspension, differential and good weight distribution – both static and dynamic. It’s a big…

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