BMW has revealed the new M8 Competition Coupe and Convertible – the beefed-up version of its stunning 8 Series grand tourer.
The M8 Competition uses the most powerful engine ever fitted to a BMW M car – a twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 producing 616bhp and 750Nm of torque. It’s paired to an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic gearbox which sends its power to four wheels, allowing the GT to accelerate from 0-60mph in just three seconds, with the Convertible taking 0.1 seconds longer. As standard it has an electronically-limited top speed of 155mph, but this can be raised to 189mph if the M Driver’s Package is chosen.
Despite it featuring xDrive all-wheel-drive, BMW says power is biased towards the rear wheels to deliver better handling, with grunt only being sent to the front wheels when extra traction is needed.
In addition to all this power, BMW has fitted the M8 with its own exhaust with large twin tailpipes, while an ‘M Sound Control’ button allows the volume of the exhaust to be altered.
BMW has extensively tested the M8 at racetracks in Europe – including the Nürburgring – and the German manufacturer has also used expertise that’s gone into producing the M8 GTE racing car. The model-specific chassis has also been tuned for track use.
A number of modes allow drivers to change the performance settings of the car for what suits then, with adaptive suspension also being included as standard.
The M8 is set apart from its 8 Series siblings by its gills in the front wings, a revised kidney grille with gloss black bars, along with a further gloss black styling and a contrasting rear diffuser. It also comes with lightweight 20-inch alloy wheels and twin exhaust pipes finished in black chrome.
As for the interior, red accents are dotted throughout the cabin, along with new leather sports seats with 3D quilting.Enquire now on a new BMW
Standard equipment on the M8 is superb, as you might expect from a range-topping model, with BMW’s digital ‘Display Key’ featuring, along with full electric front seats, wireless charging, a 360-degree camera to name but a few features.
Exclusive extras also appear on the options list – including a ‘Heat Comfort’ package that features heated armrests and a heated steering wheel) along with a Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system.
The M8 Competition is available to order now, with the Coupe priced from £123,435 and the Convertible costing £7,000 more. First deliveries are expected in October.