Sitting at the top of the BMW product portfolio, the M8 Coupe has been priced at Rs 2.15 crore. The luxury-focused 4-door 8 Series Gran Coupe is on sale in two variants, starting at almost Rs 1.30 crore.
Over the past few weeks, it has been clear that the current lockdown is not stopping car- and bike-makers from bringing in new vehicles. While some manufacturers are still bringing in BS6 updates for their existing vehicles, others are introducing new products altogether. BMW, for instance, has now introduced the 8 Series Gran Coupe and the M8 Coupe in India. The 8 Series is on sale in two variants – the 840i and 840i M Sport, priced at Rs 1.30 crore and Rs 1.55 crore, respectively. The sporty M8 Coupe carries a price tag of Rs 2.15 crore. All prices ex-showroom.
In the international market, both these models were first showcased around mid-2019, and are available in coupe, convertible, and grand coupe (4-door) body styles. For India, BMW has only introduced the ‘regular’ 8 Series in the Gran Coupe avatar, while its performance twin, the M8, will be sold in the 2-door Coupe form.
The 8 Series Gran Coupe is only on sale with a 3.0-litre six-cylinder twin-turbo petrol that develops 335 horses and 500Nm. The 8 Series comes paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. BMW claims that the car can do the 0 – 100km/h dash in just 5.2 seconds. In the tech and features department, the 8 standard trim comes with LED lighting, electrically adjustable and heated ORVMs, wireless charging, 10-speaker audio system, and more. Needless to say, the top-end M Sport variant gets better equipment, including 4-zone climate control, lumbar support for front seats, Apple CarPlay, BMW Display key, a tyre pressure monitoring system, and the M Sport interior and exterior package, which includes larger 19-inch alloy wheels, sporty steering wheel, and more.
Sitting at the top of the food chain in the 8 Series model range is the M8 Coupe. Powering this brute is a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 that has been borrowed from the M5. In this car, too, it makes a hefty 592bhp and 750Nm. This engine too sends its power to all the wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Unlike other BMW models with a gargantuan front grille, the 8 Series as well as the M8 look superbly chiselled and sporty. While the standard 8 Series doesn’t quite have a competitor in the Indian market, the M8 Coupe locks horns with the likes of the Mercedes-AMG GT.