Being a car lover and an ardent fan of the BMW make, I could not miss the recent news about the BMW M8 and M8 Competition. Although we still have to wait for the premiere of these vehicles – this will be held in late June in Munich – but I can already tell you more about the Competition model to be available in the cabrio and coupe versions.
BMW M8 Competition is a more powerful version of the M8 which premiered at the same time. It represents everything that I value all M series cars for. It has the typical side mirrors, widened wheel shell, a black spoiler on the hood, large air intake system, and quadruple exhaust pipes.
In short, the car is supposed to look fierce and it is – at first glance, the vehicle has an edge and there is no point in trying to race it on German highways where the car can show what it’s got.
What does it hide under the bonnet?
The BMW M8 Competition is powered with a well-known M5 4.4 V8 biturbo engine with 625 hp and torque of 750 Nm. The eight-gear automatic box (the only option of the box) provides smooth driving. The car has a 4×4 drive but the front axis can be shut off. Owing to this, the M8 Competition boasts excellent performance: the coupe accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds and the slightly heavier cabrio – 3.3 seconds. The car also features a new brake system with sensitivity control.
Do not expect a revolution as regards the interior, though – M8 Competition is inspired by the existing solutions used in the 8 series. But the seats have been redesigned and they were actually fitted with illuminated M8 logo.
As you like it
The BMW M8 Competition allows for extensive personalisation – you can adjust the settings of the engine, snubbers, braking system and steering system. The driver has three driving options to choose from: road, sports and track. Interestingly, the last of the three reduces to the minimum all “disruptions” – it turns off the audio system and the head-up display, allowing the driver to focus exclusively on the driving.
No official information about the price of the car was announced yet. We will probably find out in the last week of June during the #Next-Gen BMW Group. Unofficially the price tag is said to be roughly EUR 200,000.