The M440i Gran Coupe ticks all the boxes when it comes to coupe-type must-haves. Long and low, frameless windows, flush-fitting handles and a roofline flowing down into an aggressive M Performance Parts lip on the tailgate. The all-important light setup consists of darkened full-LED units at the rear, and at the front, the slim full-LED headlights come with U-shaped fibre-optic light guides for the daytime driving lights.
Not to be outdone by the polarizing snout of the Gran Coupe, our test car had the optional Adaptive LED Headlights with BMW Laserlight, including BMW Selective Beam non-dazzling high beam assistant. Inside it is the usual BMW 3 and 4 Series comfort and luxury we have become accustomed to, and the Gran Coupe offers five full-size seats.
The ironic thing is that the large tailgate hides an enormous luggage configuration of 470-litres of boot space, and when you drop the seats, this expanded to a maximum of 1 290-litre thanks to the standard 40:20:40 split. Being an M Sport model means that you get a host of M Sport goodies as standard and M Performance Parts as part of the Genuine BMW Accessory range. And this Gran Coupe has the bite to back up its bark.
The go-to 3.0-litre straight-six powerplant ensures 285 kW of power and 500 Nm of torque make their way down through an eight-speed sports Steptronic transmission to all four wheels, courtesy of BMW’s xDrive. Combine this with almost 50:50 weight distribution and a low centre of gravity, and you have an executive machine that is a blast to drive too; fast without ever getting yourself into trouble due to a lack of talent.
The dampers are particularly firm and even more so with the optional M Sport suspension fitted. But at least you can dial down the racy part a bit when you have had enough due to the various comfort settings on offer. Nineteen-inch M light-alloy wheels and an M Sport differential with electronically-controlled fully variable locking function in the rear differential and M Sport brakes complete the package.