Another week, another new BMW M car. BMW M GmbH has unveiled the all-new BMW M8 and BMW M8 competition. Both of which comes in coupe or convertible form.
Power is served by the flagship 4.4-litre twin turbo V8 producing 600 PS and 750 Nm mated to an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission, and the engine’s power is channelled to all four wheels. The Competition model bumps the power up by 25 PS, making a total of 625 PS.
0-100km/h is completed in 3.3 seconds for the Coupe and 3.4 seconds for the Convertible while the Competition Coupe does it in 3.2 seconds and the Competition Convertible takes 3.3 seconds. Let those sink in for a while.
Exterior wise the BMW M8 gets large air intakes and the BMW kidney grille with M double bars at the front end, flared front wheel arches, M gills in the front side panels, aerodynamically optimised exterior mirrors, a rear spoiler and a rear apron with diffuser elements.
The M8 models are also equipped as standard with M-specific Adaptive suspension including electronically controlled dampers and electromechanical M Servotronic steering. In M Dynamic mode, the rear-biased M xDrive all-wheel-drive system allows for greater degree of slip, providing controlled drifts.
M carbon-ceramic brakes can be optioned as an alternative to the standard steel units. A newly developed braking system allows the driver to choose between a comfort-oriented and a more direct, instantaneous pedal feel.
As standard, the BMW M8 gets model-specific leather upholstery options, the BMW Display Key, the BMW Head-Up Display with M-specific content, the Driving Assistant, the Parking Assistant and the BMW Live Cockpit Professional (with navigation system and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant).
The signature M buttons on the steering wheel, which contains the vehicle settings, can be configured to the driver’s liking. A new feature is the M Mode button on the centre console, which the driver can use to adjust the driver assistance systems and the displays in the instrument cluster and Head-Up Display.