Following endless rumours, spyshots, and teasers, the BMW M8 is finally here. It was a foregone conclusion that the BMW 8-Series would spawn a sharper version from BMW M, and the M8 is every bit deserving of wearing Bavarian motorsport colours.
BMW revealed the M8 Coupe and Convertible offering 600hp and a hardcore Competition trim with 617hp. Although the 8-Series made a comeback after almost 20 years of absence, the M8 cars are all-new and in their first generation.
There is no dearth of choice in the M8 range. You want a Coupe, Convertible, or Competition versions of either of them, BMW M has got you covered.
BMW loyalists will note that there never was an official M version of the first-generation E31 8-Series made from 1989 through 1999. BMW did float a one-off M8 concept and prototype, but it was never signed off for production. The closest car to a full-fledged M-trim was the 850CSi, featuring an upgraded V12 from the original 850. Suspension and chassis upgrades were also thrown at the CSi, along with a sweet six-speed manual gearbox.
With the new M8, BMW has taken everything that is good about the 8-Series and dialled it up to eleven. The previously fastest 8-Series, i.e. the M850i, featured xDrive AWD system, with its 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 putting down 523hp and 750Nm. These numbers are impressive by themselves, but BMW clearly wanted more.
Based on the G14 8-Series convertible, the M8 convertible makes the 100kph sprint in 3.2 seconds, while the G15-based M8 Coupe takes 3.1 seconds. The Competition trim only requires three seconds to throw up ‘100’ on the dash. The M8 Convertible Competition reaches the ton in the same time as the M8 Coupe. While torque output is the same for M as well as M Competition versions, the latter gives you more available torque throughout the rev range.
BMW M has taken all that is good in the fearsome M5 and wrapped it in the svelte body of the 8-Series.
A car’s performance is only as good as it can stop. Keeping this in mind, both trims of the BMW M8 get larger brakes, larger and lighter wheels, and fatter tyres to handle the extra power and sharper dynamics. BMW M engineers tweaked the chassis and transmission and xDrive for enhanced performance, faster shifting, and better response.
The BMW M8 also features an intelligent Active M rear differential to make the most of available power. In a similar fashion to the F90 M5, all trims of the M8 can disable the AWD to become rear-wheel-drive at the touch of a button. After all, M cars are dormant hooligans waiting to be unleashed, and clearly BMW wants you to exactly that.
The BMW M8 range is packed to the gills with advanced electronics as well as mechanicals to extract maximum performance.
The BMW M8 Competition is performance-intensive, and as such comes with a standard Track Mode, which amps up the performance settings on the engine, suspension, steering, braking, and xDrive. Radio and control console are disabled in Track Mode to relieve the driver of distractions.
BMW will commence production of the M8 sometime in July 2019. Pricing details for the Middle Eastern market are not out yet. However, expect the M8 to sit significantly above the M850i in terms of pricing. Now all that remains is the arrival of a go-fast full-size luxury saloon, i.e. the BMW M7.