The 2020 BMW M8 and M8 Competition have been revealed in both coupe and convertible body styles.
Starting with the important numbers, both variants use the same 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine, in the M8 it develops 441kW at 6000rpm and 750Nm between 1800rpm and 5600rpm. BMW claims the coupe can sprint from 0-100km/h in 3.3 seconds, while the convertible takes 3.4 seconds.
In the M8 Competition, the engine is tuned to produce 460kW of power which shaves 0.1 seconds from the 0-100km/h dash times.
An eight-speed automatic transmission sends power to the rear-biased xDrive all-wheel-drive system. Purists can relax, there is a dedicated rear wheel drive mode.
BMW will debut its new braking technology on the M8 which combines brake activation, brake booster and braking control functions within a compact module to save weight. An electric actuator is employed in the system which allows for significantly faster and more precise interventions from the driving stability control system. There’s also the option of two pedal feel settings.
Standard equipment includes adaptive M suspension, an M differential on the rear axle, M compound brakes (carbon-ceramic brakes are optional) and 20-inch M light-alloy wheels wrapped in high-performance 275/35 tyres at the front and 285/35 at the back.
Design wise, the exterior features large air intakes, flared front wheel arches, M gills in the front side panels, aerodynamically optimised exterior mirrors, a rear spoiler and a rear apron with diffuser elements in a contrasting colour. Buyers can dress things up further, an M Carbon exterior package is offered as an option.
The coupe gets a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof, while the convertible gets a multi-layer fabric top that opens and closes in 15 seconds at speeds of up to 50km/h.
On the inside, buyers get leather seat trim, head-up display with M-specific content and Live Cockpit Professional that brings the latest OS 7.0 and Intelligent Personal Assistant.
BMW Australia is yet to confirm local availability and pricing, however, based on the current trend, the M8 Competition is likely to be the sole variant offered Down Under.
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