The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is now available for purchase around the world. It’s one of the most beautiful and highly anticipated cars BMW ever released and is bound to hypnotize a lot of customers. The range is quite diverse too, created to appeal both to those wanting a fuel-efficient cross-continent cruiser as well as those looking for gas-guzzling V8s. The entry level model is the BMW 840i Gran Coupe which should have plenty of power to get your blood flowing.

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If that task is not achieved simply by looking at this beautiful four-door coupe, the engine will likely do the trick. Under the hood of the BMW 840i Gran Coupe hides the brilliant B58 powerplant. The 3-liter straight six mill has 340 HP to rely on and 500 Nm (369 lb-ft) of torque and those numbers should be enough, even for a big and heavy car, such as the 8 Series Gran Coupe. Taking a look at the spec sheet you’ll find the four-door 8er to tip the scale at 1,875 kg (4,133 lbs). Add some 55 kilos (121 lbs) to that if you go for the xDrive model.

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Since the car in the video below is a RWD model, the acceleration to 100 km/h (62 mph) should take 5.2 seconds which is fast, no matter how you look at it. For a car of this weight, with only 340 HP under its belt, the 840i Gran Coupe can definitely move. Get all-wheel drive and things get even more interesting, the sprint going under 5 seconds. 4.9 to be more precise. But what about speeds over the benchmark? What about reaching 200 km/h (124 mph)?

Well, the guys from Motorsport Magazine provided an interesting video showcasing how fast the 840i Gran Coupe is. The car accelerates rather briskly up to 160 km/h (100 mph) and, at that point, you’d be breaking the law on 99% of the roads worldwide. After that, the acceleration does slow down a bit up to 200 km/h (124 mph). Nevertheless, it took about 18 seconds to reach that velocity. Not bad at all.