The Munich-based carmaker has taken the wraps off the first-ever M8, and it comes in coupe, convertible and competition trims. The coupe and convertible push 600 horses while the competition develops an insane 617bhp.
We’ve been waiting to see the new BMW M8 since the time it was first announced in 2017. The wait has finally come to an end! BMW has now officially revealed the first ever M8, and it comes in a coupe as well as convertible styles. Both these cars compliment the second generation 8 Series the company launched last year. Interestingly, BMW never had an official M version of the first-gen E31 8 Series. The 850CSi was the only one tuned by the M division but it never made it into production.
This first-ever M8 is all about satisfying your greed for power on tap. While the 8 Series M850i xDrive with its 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 motor developing 530bhp is quite a powerful car, this one takes it a notch higher. The M8 develops 600 horses and the coupe can dismiss the 0-100km/h dash in just 3.1 seconds - the convertible, being slightly heavier does it in 3.2 seconds. But if that still isn’t enough for you, there’s also the Competition trim that pushes out another 17bhp and goes to 100km/h in 3 seconds flat – that’s almost as fast as the Ferrari 488.
The M8 also has the stopping power to go with the acceleration. The standard M8, as well as the Competition trim, gets larger brakes and bigger but lighter wheels. To handle the insane performance, BMW has also fitted the M8 with beefier tyres. To improve performance and make the car more responsive, the boffins at BMW have also tinkered with the transmission and the all-wheel-drive system. To cope with the additional power, the M8 also comes with the Active M rear differential. It also comes with a Track mode that allows you to extract the full performance out of the engine, suspension, steering, braking, and the all-wheel-drive system. In fact, the M8 is so focused that it even disables the control console to ensure that the driver doesn’t get distracted.
The BMW M8 will go into production next month. There is no official news of the M8 coming to India as yet.