U.S. BMW aficionados will have reason to be extra grateful this Thanksgiving as November not only marks the holiday, but also the production of BMW’s first ever M8 Gran Coupe. The Gran Coupe is expected to make up half of U.S. M8 sales—little surprise as the four door coupe will undercut the two door version with a price of $130,995.
But while you might be paying less for the Gran Coupe, you’ll actually be getting more. The Gran Coupe is nearly eight inches longer in the wheelbase and has an extra 9.1 inches in external dimensions compared to the regular M series coupe. That extra room will be most felt by the rear seat passengers, who will enjoy more legroom, though headroom is still a premium. The Gran Coupe also offers a middle seatbelt, and in a pinch—it will feel like you’re all pinched in together if you use it—you can fit five people into the Gran Coupe.
Performance-wise, the Gran Coupe shares the same details as the coupe and cabriolet. All three share the same engine: a 4.4-liter S63 twin-turbo V8 that boasts 600 horsepower in the regular M8 and 617 in the competition version. Torque stays the same in both models—553 lb-ft. An eight-speed automatic gearbox channels that power to the wheels in a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system. According to BMW, the Gran Coupe will hit 60 from – in 3.1 seconds (the Competition comes in at 3 flat). The Gran Coupe is equipped with electrically boosted brakes, but Competition buyers can opt for carbon-ceramic if they want.
Those that pick up the Competition package will receive forged wheels with a unique design as well as a rortier exhaust system. The Competition also sports a Merino leather and microfiber interior with darker exterior trim.
That’s a lot to be thankful for. Here’s the downer. BMW says that only 50 of the planned 400 models will be sent to the U.S., which means the rest of the world has a reason to be thankful this November as well.