Story Antara Bose
When it comes to automobiles, striking the right balance between sports and luxury can be a lot harder than flaunting a fancy athleisure ensemble. But, it doesn’t sound so unbelievable when you know the makers are BMW – a name that has always been at the forefront of innovation, design, and quality.
After making quite the headlines since its global launch in September, we got the first look at the new BMW 840i Gran Coupe as it hit the Oman market. From the very first glance, it was quite obvious what the hype was about.
With a length of about five metres, this car is svelte, with the right amount of curves at the right places. The BMW 840i Gran Coupe is a four-door coupe that gives you the best of both worlds. It’s a coupe that strikes the right balance between sports performance and ride comfort while retaining all the grandiose of being a BMW 8 series. In the front, it has the signature twin-kidney grille, which is flanked by twin-pod headlights that can boast of being the slimmest in any BMW. The rear receives the L-shaped LED taillights and a well-contoured boot. Pop the hood, and inside sits the turbocharged 3.0-litre I-6 engine that gives this car an astounding 335 horsepower.
Our vehicle was a metallic sunset orange, and as it reflected the rays of the midday sun, it made the car glisten, as though it was beckoning us to get closer. Traditionally, when the term ‘coupe’ is used, it means two doors. However, trends (and preferences) have changed, and four-door coupes started rising in popularity. While other manufacturers caught on to the trend, BMW’s new addition was well-timed, and we’d like to think it made quite the grand entrance. Created with the vision that it should encompass all aspects of the historic BMW DNA, one that is revered to this day, the 840i is an example of power, aesthetics, and luxury.
Step inside, and you’re immediately enveloped in a sense of opulence. Greeted with the familiar dashboard and one of the best infotainment systems in the business, there is, however, a lot more that has gone into making the interiors of the 840i. The well-spaced controls emphasize the attention to detail, highlighting the crystal gear knob, easy-to-navigate climate controls, and an array of shortcut buttons. Despite the number of controls, the central stack continues to look uncluttered.
You’d expect a little bit of a struggle in the second row, considering it is essentially a coupe, but not with this car. The frameless rear doors, which are relatively large, ensure it’s easy to slip in, and the amount of legroom this coupe has is surprisingly generous.
As we enjoyed the sunset through the panoramic moon roof (any guesses on where the colour of the car got its inspiration from?), the interiors took on a rather plush ambience as darkness fell. Blue ambient lights streaked the insides of the car, illuminating not just the sides of the panels but also the path leading you to the doors. The 840i offers six shifting shades of ambient lighting that you can adjust according to your preference.
On the road, this car is a definite head-turner. And of course, the best place to be is in the driver’s seat. The engine and the automatic gearbox are so perfectly mashed that it makes the gear shift absolutely seamless. The 840i is a rear-wheel drive, and even with a heavy load, it can handle itself on the road quite well.
With the power the engine is revving to flaunt, it’s hard to not hit the accelerator. The 840i can go 0-100 in 3.9 seconds, and you’ll have to keep an eye on the speedometer to know you’ve hit the speed limit. Of course, the head-up display serves as a convenient reminder, just in case.
An absolute pleasure to drive, the 840i has all the agility that you’d demand from a sports car coupled with premium elegance that is so undeniably BMW.