Exactly a year ago, BMW released the second generation 8 Series. Inevitably, we now have the hotter M8 version.
The BMW M8 and M8 Competition are available in both coupe and convertible body styles. As expected, the cars features subtle styling changes that set them apart from the standard 8 Series models.
At the front, you have a black twin-kidney grille and a more aggressive bumper with large vents and carbon inserts. The rear features slim LED tail lights and a redesigned bumper with a carbon diffuser and quad exhausts. There’s a carbon lip spoiler at the back. Other highlights of the M8 Competition include 20-inch dual-tone alloy wheels, black fender vents and carbon rear view mirror caps.
Inside, the M8 Competition comes with an M leather steering wheel with red M buttons, digital instrument cluster, M Sport seats with M seat belts and a bright red engine start/stop button on the centre console.
While the aesthetic embellishments are fine, what we are more interested in is the engine. The BMW M8 and M8 Competition are powered by a 4.4-liter, twin-turbocharged V8 engine that can rev to 7200 rpm. It produces 600 hp @ 6000 rpm and 553 lb-ft of torque between 1800-5600 rpm. The M8 Competition benefits from 625 hp and a similar torque figure but in a wider rev range. The engine is mated to an 8-speed Steptronic transmission with gearshift paddles. Both the M8 and M8 Competition come with xDrive all-wheel drive with a rear-biased setup.
Furthermore, under the skin, the BMW M8 models get M-specific adaptive suspension and Active M Differential with M Dynamic mode. Carbon ceramic brakes are offered as an option.