BMW M (motorsports) GmbH is embarking on its first foray into the world of luxury motoring with two new high-performance sports cars, the BMW M8 Competition Coupé and Convertible.
The BMW M8 Competition in Coupé and Convertible (and eventually Gran Coupé) forms are now available to order in the UK. BMW expects to sell little more than 100 Coupés and 70 Convertibles of the M8 Competition halo cars in their first year of sale.
The decision not to make the standard M8 available was arrived at after customer feedback at wanting the M8 to be as performance-focused as possible.
The result is a high-revving V8 petrol unit with two turbos, developing a total of 625hp and 750Nm of torque. That means 0-62mph is achievable in 3.2 seconds – the same time it takes the McLaren GT to reach that speed. It’s the most powerful engine ever developed by BMW for a road car.
The two turbos, dual cross-bank exhaust manifolds, direct injection with increased pressure and track-led cooling and oil systems all combine to deliver a track-like experience.
The high-performance power unit is aligned to an eight-speed M Steptronic gearbox, before it is channelled to the road via the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The rear-wheel bias of M xDrive delivers assured handling with optimised traction. The performance-focused character of the engine and transmission enables the BMW M8 Competition Coupé to sprint from zero to 124mph in 10.6 seconds while the Convertible will complete the task in 11.1 seconds.
All models have an electronically limited top speed of 155mph, rising to 189mph if the optional M Driver’s Package is specified. The Coupé’s average fuel consumption is around 25mpg with CO2 emissions of 253g/km, while the Convertible’s combined fuel consumption is the same but with slightly higher emissions at 256g/km.
The standard M Sport seats offer multi-way electric adjustment with memory function and include a semi-electric folding function for the backrests that makes getting in and out easier for passengers in the rear, as well as electric adjustment of the head restraints, which automatically drop down to their lowest position once the engine has been switched off.
The rear bench backrest has a 50:50 split as standard, allowing one or both sections to be folded down to increase luggage capacity. When the rear backrest is upright, the Coupé offers 420 litres of boot space and the Convertible 350 litres. Automatic boot lid operation is standard as is hands-free opening and closing of the boot lid.
For the Convertible, a roll over protection system is standard and consists of two protective bars behind the rear head restraints that automatically extend when the car senses it is at risk of turning over. Standard equipment also includes a wind deflector, which can be set up in the rear-seat area to prevent unwanted air turbulence when driving with the roof down. The M Sport seats in the open-top come equipped with air collars, whose air outlets integrated into the head restraints can provide a pleasant warming effect in cooler weather.
Optional extras include active seat ventilation in the front seats, sun protection glass and a Heat Comfort Package (featuring heated armrests in the doors and on the centre console for the driver and front passenger, plus a heated steering wheel) and the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system with fully active 16-channel amplifier and up to 16 speakers, some of which are illuminated.