Take the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7, which separated from their luxurious, powerful performance variations, fall on the comfortable side of things. The new 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is extraordinary. It completely acquires the dynamic gifts of the conventional BMW 840i Coupe, yet takes into account those unsatisfied by its minuscule rear seats and the inborn functional limit of any two-door vehicle.

The Gran Coupe's 15.5 cubic-foot trunk is just kind of greater than the Coupe's unexpected enormous space, yet that is truly where things wander. Developed from BMW's CLAR platform, the 8 Series Gran Coupe's wheelbase is 7.9 inches longer, the rooftop 2.2 inches taller, and the track now more extensive than any generation BMW. So extensive is its stance that its assembly line in Dingolfing, Germany, should have been changed to ensure the new vehicle could fit. The most sensational dimensional change is to the back seat, however, where the Gran Coupe increases an astounding 7.1 creeps of legroom (which means you never again need to amputate your legs to fit in the back), and a good accommodating increase of 7.7 inches of shoulder space.

In any case, that seat with the steering wheel is (ostensibly) the most significant one of every BMW, thus we approach the 840i and its 3.0-liter 335-strength turbo inline-six with fairly low expectations. However, this entry-level Gran Coupe cut out in rear-drive weighs at 4,262 pounds, an entire 496 lbs beneath its V8-powered M850i Gran Coupe version. While no screamer, the new inline-six twin-scroll turbocharger is professed to react faster, while maximum torque of 368 pound-feet is squeezed out somewhere in the range of 1,600 and 4,500 rpm. Its 0-60 time of 5.2 seconds might be three-tenths of a second slower than the 840i xDrive variant, however, the rear-drive 840i still feels a lot more brisk once it gets moving, speeding up hard before each smooth move.

Maybe more sudden than the BMW's dialed-in road manners is the volumetric capacity it packs behind the two front seats. You don't expect to have as much legroom or shoulder room in a supposed four-door coupe, yet the 8 Series figures out how to feel roomy enough for the whole day comfort.