BMW has unveiled the flagship M8 coupe and M8 convertible, along with the more performance-oriented Competition models. The world premiere of the cars will take place in Munich on June 25-27, 2019.
The BMW M8’s 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 sends power to all four wheels via an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission which basically is automatic transmission that allows not only to engage the classic automatic drive modes PRND but also a manual choice of gears. However, two-wheel drive can also be activated by switching off the DSC(Dynamic stability control). For manual shifting, there are gearshift paddles on the steering
The M8 coupe and convertible produce 591bhp at 6,000rpm and 750Nm from 1,800 to 5,600rpm. This gives them the ability to sprint from 0-100kmph in 3.3 and 3.4 seconds respectively.
The more performance oriented Competition variants on the other hand have a peak output of 617bhp at 6,000rpm, the torque is the same 750Nm and it is available up to 5,800rpm All this power catapults the M8 Competition to a ton in 3.2 and 3.3 seconds for the coupe and convertible. BMW’s engineers have redesigned the chassis keeping the specific demands of the racetrack in mind. It is also equipped with the new integrated braking system, which provides two different brake pedal feel to the driver.
The cars have model-specific features for individual requirements. They feature large air intakes and the familiar BMW kidney grille, aggressive front wheel arches around the 20-inch alloy wheels in twin‑spoke design, gills on the front side panels, a rear spoiler and a rear apron with diffuser. An optional M carbon exterior package is also on offer.
The interior of the BMW M8 includes model-specific leather upholstery options, BMW display key, Head-Up Display with M-specific content. There’s also the driving assistant, parking assistant and BMW live cockpit professional (with navigation and personal assistant).
Another feature is the M mode button on the centre console, which the driver can use to adjust the driver assistance systems and the Head-Up Display. M mode allows the driver to activate road and sport settings, with an additional track setting which is exclusive to competition models.