BMW is taking its first steps into the world of luxury motoring with two new high-performance sports cars, the BMW M8 Competition Coupé and M8 Competition Convertible. These very exciting cars are strictly for those buyers with deep pockets as prices start from around £123,000 (UK). For this enthusiasts can expect real luxury motoring combined with huge performance potential, as is intimated by the images.
Luxury All The Way
The new models derive their performance from the most powerful engine ever developed for a BMW car. It is a high-revving V8 unit with M TwinPower Turbo technology developing no less than 625hp. Two turbochargers, cross-bank exhaust manifolds, direct injection with increased pressure, plus cooling and oil supply systems designed for driving at the limit on the track combine to deliver supreme performance and handling on the road.
All this power drives through an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic gearbox, before it is channelled to the road via the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The rear-wheel bias of M xDrive delivers the assured handling that drivers expect from the brand, coupled with optimised traction. The result is 62mph achieved in 3.2 seconds from rest for the coupé while the Convertible will complete the task in just one-tenth of a second more.
The interior design features red accents on the M leather steering wheel’s M buttons and the start/stop button on the centre console. The newly designed transmission selector lever with Drivelogic switch is leather-surfaced with an embedded M logo. The cars offer newly developed sports seats that have perforated 3D quilting, pronounced side bolsters, clearly defined shoulder areas and integral head restraints. Full Merino leather trim is standard, and both cars come exclusively with bicolour leather/Alcantara trim.
A new control system makes it possible to tailor the high-performance sports cars’ set-up even more closely to personal preferences and the situation at hand. There is a whole new level of technology available via
BMW’s Comfort Access system. This includes telephony with wireless charging, adaptive LED headlights and ambient lighting which are all included as standard. There is also the option of BMW Laserlight with BMW Selective Beam, which generates a high-beam range of up to 600 metres. As well as boasting a BMW Head-Up Display with M-specific readouts, the new M8 Competition models also come with the Driving Assistant and Parking Assistant Plus as standard.
The Dynamic Stability Control system is interlinked with both M xDrive all-wheel drive and the Active M Differential. Its range of functions includes the Anti-lock Braking, Cornering Brake Control, Dynamic Brake Control, Automatic Differential Brake, Brake Assist, Dry Braking function and Start-Off Assistant. That’s topping taken care of. The driver has the option of activating M Dynamic mode as an alternative to the default setting by pressing a button on the centre console. This mode allows a greater degree of wheel slip and combines with the M xDrive system’s rear-biased set-up for sportier driving. Add to this mix the full compliment of safety features and it’s good to go.
Add to the mix an array of further driver assistance systems, which are available as options. The BMW Live Cockpit Professional – including navigation system and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant – is also standard equipment and provides full access to the latest digital services.
All in all this is a big step forward for the M cars and that should be welcomes in these days of austerity. Start saving now.
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