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BMW announces the M8 series, the growling new top dog in the M Performance line

BMW announces the M8 series, t...
The M8 Convertible gets 625 horsepower in Competition spec
The M8 Convertible gets 625 horsepower in Competition spec
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The M8's black grille
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The M8's black grille
20-inch lightweight wheels are standard on the M8
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20-inch lightweight wheels are standard on the M8
Quad exhausts, the universal signal for "we mean business"
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Quad exhausts, the universal signal for "we mean business"
M8 Convertible also comes in standard and Competition variants
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M8 Convertible also comes in standard and Competition variants
That's a 15-second fabric convertible roof
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That's a 15-second fabric convertible roof
She's a looker alright
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She's a looker alright
Additional chassis stiffness and torsional stability
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Additional chassis stiffness and torsional stability
M-Spec adaptive suspension
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M-Spec adaptive suspension
600 horsepower for the standard version
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600 horsepower for the standard version
The M8 Convertible gets 625 horsepower in Competition spec
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The M8 Convertible gets 625 horsepower in Competition spec
M8 Coupe and Convertible
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M8 Coupe and Convertible
8-speed M-spec steptronic transmission
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8-speed M-spec steptronic transmission
Adjustable brake feel is an interesting addition
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Adjustable brake feel is an interesting addition
Dash changes depending on which "M Mode" you're in
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Dash changes depending on which "M Mode" you're in
Nice to know there's somewhere to stow all the babies you'll be making driving this thing around
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Nice to know there's somewhere to stow all the babies you'll be making driving this thing around
M Convertible leather interior
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M Convertible leather interior
Look at that grille. Just look at it.
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Look at that grille. Just look at it.
Competition versions get extra power, and a track mode option
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Competition versions get extra power, and a track mode option
The coupe has a smooth look of its own
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The coupe has a smooth look of its own
The most expensive line in the M series
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The most expensive line in the M series
The M8 Coupe Competition on the road
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The M8 Coupe Competition on the road
Center console and gear selector
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Center console and gear selector
4.4-liter twin turbo V8 in the house
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4.4-liter twin turbo V8 in the house
M8 Coupe interior
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M8 Coupe interior
BMW M8 interior features
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BMW M8 interior features
BMW M8 engine and chassis highlights
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BMW M8 engine and chassis highlights
BMW M8 Convertible highlights
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BMW M8 Convertible highlights
BMW M8 Coupe highlights
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BMW M8 Coupe highlights

BMW has finally released full details on its new range-topping flagship. The sexy two-door M8 comes in coupe and convertible flavors, with a souped-up 625-hp "Competition" version available of each. Interesting tech includes variable strength braking and a cheeky drift mode.

We've been hearing about the new M8 for at least two years now – we first saw it in camouflage form back in 2017, and BMW made it clear last year that there'd be a drop-top version. But now it's time for the wacky wraps to come off and the world to get a look at the new top dog in the BMW M performance pack.

Where the regular 8-series makes a healthy 523 hp from its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, the M version makes an even healthier 600, and the Competition version is positively bursting with vitality at 625 horses, holding the same peak torque of 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) some 200 rpm higher to make the difference.

M8 Coupe and Convertible
M8 Coupe and Convertible

Power is fed to the xDrive AWD drivetrain through an 8-speed M Steptronic transmission, which offers three automatic shift modes in addition to paddle shift. Likewise, you can choose between three drivetrain modes: regular old 4WD, 4WD sport, which biases power toward the rear wheels, or 2WD mode, which emulates a straight rear-wheel drive.

BMW knows what kind of loosey-goosey shenanigans you're planning if you choose to go 2WD, which you can only access by switching off the traction control. They might as well have a Drift mode button, complete with a backwards baseball cap icon. The company calls this mode "a driving experience of singular purity for the experienced wheelman." C'mon BMW, it's 2019. That's wheelperson, if you please.

All of this adds up to a brisk 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) acceleration time of 3.3 seconds for the M8 coupe and 3.4 seconds for the M8 convertible. Ponying up the extra for the Competition models will buy you an extra tenth of a second on either body, so you'd best make some plans about what to do with all your free time.

M Convertible leather interior
M Convertible leather interior

Perhaps you could while the tenths of seconds away fiddling with the multitudinous buttons, knobs, touchpads and switches in the M-spec cabin, which includes cute little red M1 and M2 buttons on the steering wheel to let you know when you're doing something no lowly regular 8-series owner can afford to. That includes fiddling with the M-spec HUD options, mucking about with drivetrain options and playing with the M-Modes – road, sport and track (only on the Competition cars).

And changing the feel of the brake pedals is also a possibility. The M8 cars use electronically actuated hydraulics, meaning that you can choose between a loungey, luxury, long-travel brake pedal and something much tighter and sportier when it's time to carve some apexes.

The most expensive line in the M series
The most expensive line in the M series

Both M8 models look as tight as a quacker's cloacha, with the convertibles edging it in the coolness stakes by virtue of being convertibles. Expect a 15-second wait when you open or close the multi-layer fabric roof, a process that can be done on the move.

You can also expect enhanced cornering stability over the regular 8 series thanks to a braced-up chassis designed to add rigidity, torsional strength and stability. The adaptive suspension damping gets an M-spec overhaul, and 20-inch light alloy wheels are standard.

That's a 15-second fabric convertible roof
That's a 15-second fabric convertible roof

The M8, in all its variants, is the most expensive M car the company has ever rolled out. Before you add taxes, destination charges or anything out of the options catalog, you're up for US$133,000 for the M8 Coupe, $142,500 for the Convertible, $146,000 for the Competition Coupe and $155,500 for the Competition convertible.

Check out the M8 in the video below, or an elegant sufficiency of really nice photos in the gallery.

Source: BMW

The first-ever BMW M8 Coupe and Convertible. Official Launch Film.

5 comments
Thud
I'l be glad when the "Gills" and vents and ducts fad is over.
usugo
At that price, it makes indeed the case for a Model S P100D (or Porsche Taycan). Build quality, aside
RFM
While nice, is it just me or has BMW gone crazy with the number of models available? 1s, 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, 7s, 8s, and M's for each.
Mr T
What's the point, gas guzzling ICE vehicles, they could have used some common sense and produced a Tesla Model S rival, instead they've got noisy, expensive cars that lock their owners into high maintenance and high running costs. Compare any of these with a Model S and you would be mad to by the BMW.
WB
Lame.. a Tesla Model S P100D is way way way faster 0-60 in 2.3s... much safer (2nd safest car after Tesla Model 3) and costs only 125k. Also electricity is 1/3 of gas compared to gas guzzlers, plus no oil changes, much reduced maintenance and a full tank of gas every morning - no more going to the gas station and the car gets better every month with free software updates. My wife used to always get a sporty BMW convertible. After I got our fist Tesla and drove it for a week.. she dumped the BMW pos... now we have 3 teslas. NO more BMW, Mercedes or Lexuses..Seriously anyone.. check out Teslas. They'll blow your mind.