The all new BMW M8 Competition
By Christopher Jose in Auto  |  Posted on 20th June 2019
The souped-up version of BMW’s range topping 8 series and the fastest BMW you can currently get your hands on. Here’s the top 10 things that you might want to know about it.
The new M8 looks like an 8 series that’s been reared at a German body building camp. It gets a more aggressive lower front bumper than the regular M8. Stands out on it massive air vents.
Around the side balding wheel arches house 20 inch alloy wheels.
While at the back you’ll spot four 100mm diameter exhaust which are big enough to make …..
The new BMW M8 competition starts from almost $1,56,000/- and you can expect to pay around another $12000 if you want the convertible version. A bargain rally when you consider the rear wheel drive only Mercedes Benz S63 coupe that cost a bit more and is a second slower to 100kms an hour.
The new M8 competition comes with the most powerful engine BMW motorsport has ever produced. It’s a 4.4 litre twin turbo V8 that’s also fitted to the M5 Competition. Here it produces 625bhp and 750Nm of torque which is still 150Nm less than a Mercedes AMG twin turbo V8 can deliver. Still like that engine the BMW’s turbochargers are mounted inside the V for improve efficiency and faster responses.
If you really want to experience the sound of BMW’s new V8 you’ll want the convertible version of the M8. Its folding fabric roof has three layers to make it almost as quiet as the coupe on the road with its roof up. At the first sight of the sun tough, you can fold it away in just 15 seconds at speeds up to 31mph. Vents that channel hot air to the back of your neck mean you can go top down even in the winter while a pair of rollover hoops help boost safety.
The BMW M8 coupe is the quickest acceleration car BMW sells. It can go from 0-60mph in just 3.2s and if it’s the convertible version it’s a bit slower down to 3.3 seconds to get to 60mph. But that’s still quicker than an Aston Martin DB11 that cost 50,000 pounds more. Now if you want to know what it’d do if it’s 0-200kmph, which is worth asking considering the excitement you’d get knowing it’s just 10.6 seconds which is very very fast indeed.
The M8 Competition comes with same clever four wheel drive system that you’ll find on the M5. It has three settings. The default four wheel drive mode is designed to provide maximum traction in all weathers while four wheel drive sport turns the intensity up a couple of notches by sending more power to the rear wheels for controlled burnouts. Turning off the car’s DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) and going into rear wheel drive mode sends power to the rear wheels only for what BMW cause a more exhilarating Drive or in a way it’s just plain terrifying.
Thankfully the M8 comes with brakes worthy of a car with such scary performance. Up front it has a 395mm drilled disc with huge six Bolt callipers while the back you get 380mmd disc with just a single pop but floating calliper. The optional M carbon ceramic brakes go a step further with 400mm and 380mm disc front to back respectively. The promise fear free stopping even after repeated hard use and should also be more resistant to wear. When you do need replacing though you can expect a huge bill.
The new M8 comes with a wide variety of adjustability. There’s efficient, Sport and Sport Plus modes for the engine, three settings for the suspension stiffness, two for the steering weight and even the brakes are adjustable which a first on any BMW is.
In comfort mode they have a lot of assistance. But stick it in sport mode, the pedals firms up to make it easy to control at high speed and of course with the individual mode you can mix and match all the different settings just as you like them.
Spending nearly 160 grand on a range topping coupe means to get a lot of standard kit that includes a full merino leather interior with electrically adjustable seats and an M sport leather steering wheel. There’s also a BMW top of the range infotainment system with a 12 inch digital instrument binnacle and a 10-inch central display with voice activation. Of course there are options, lots in fact such as laser headlights with a 600m range and autonomous driving aids that’ll partially drive the car for you if you can’t be asked to do it yourself.