BMW’s New M8 Gran Coupe Is a 600 HP Supercar Disguised as a Four-Door Sedan
It can soar from zero to 100 in just 3.2 seconds and has a spine-tingling drift mode.
It’s rare that a four-door family sedan gets our motor running, but BMW’s new high-performance coupe has not only kicked-started our engine but also switched gears and completely floored it.
The new M8 Gran Coupe comes complete with way more juice than is sensible—600 horses, to be exact—and can soar from zero to 100 in just 3.2 seconds. That’s faster than it takes to say, “Wow, I didn’t know BMW could make cars like…”
Better still, this brute has a partner in crime. The accompanying M8 Competition model— just a touch more powerful—boasts 460kW and can race from zero to 100 in an alleged 3 seconds flat.
The two M8 Gran Coupes are built around gutsy 4.4-litre TwinPower Turbo V8 engines which can climb to a top speed of 250km/h. This can be increased to 305km/h if the optional M Driver’s package is equipped.
Moreover, you can activate spine-tingling drift mode with the push of a button if you wish to make full use of the 722Nm of torque as well as BMW’s Adaptive M Suspension, which “uses data from body movement, road surface conditions and steering input to adjust each damper individually within milliseconds using electromagnetic valves.” Basically, the M8 performs as well on a track as it does on the road.
The M8 Gran Coupe also comes fitted with an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission, M Carbon ceramic brakes, 20-inch wheels, Icon Adaptive LED headlights with Laserlight flanks, and an intuitive iDrive system with a high-res 12.2-inch instrument cluster and USB ports aplenty.
To counter the audacious purple shell, the interior of the M8 is a decidedly demure grey. You can expect luxurious leather, detailed stitching and aluminium and carbon fibre appliques synonymous with the marque.
Of course, all that power comes at a price. The standard M8 Gran Coupe pricing hasn’t been revealed for the Australian market as yet, although it’d be safe to say would-be buyers should expect pricing north of $300,000. The pair will roll into production next month, and will likely be available in the second quarter of 2020.
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