BMW M8 Gran Coupe eyes the best of AMG

BMW M8 Gran Coupe eyes the best of AMG

BMW M8 Gran Coupe eyes the best of AMG

With all that extra oomph, the M8 Gran Coupe can sprint to 60 miles per hour (96 kilometers per hour) in 3.1 seconds, while the quicker Competition model gets there in 3.0 seconds.

The 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe is here, a little over a year after the concept previewed the super sports sedan, and only months after the plain 8 Series Gran Coupe launched.

Aesthetically, the M8 Competition Gran Coupe is precisely as you might expect, with an identical nose forward of the a-pillar attached to the Gran Coupe's somewhat lumpen body shape. The BMW M8 Gran Coupe also features the same Live Cockpit infotainment setup found elsewhere in the range.

For a more exclusive look, customers can order an optional M Carbon exterior package. Production will be limited to 400 units - 50 are coming to the USA - and it features a BMW Individual Aurora Diamond Green metallic exterior with Gold Bronze accents.

Under the hood sits a 4.4-litre V8 engine.

The engine is connected to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission which sends power to a rear-biased and defeatable all-wheel drive system. On the rear axle, BMW M has fitted its torque vectoring M Active rear differential, which is able to shuffle power to either of the rear wheels depending on conditions and the selected driver mode.

100 km/h arrives in 3.3 seconds (3.2 seconds for the Competition), 200 km/h in just 11.2 seconds (11 seconds for the Competition). M Carbon ceramic brakes are optional.

From the front seat forward, the 8 Series Gran Coupe is nearly identical to the coupe.

Edmunds Senior Reviews Editor Mark Takahashi had the enviable task of evaluating the M8 coupe and convertible on the roads in Portugal as well as on the track at the Portimao circuit. The modifications also include a new steel x-brace and an aluminium transverse strutt.

The M8 Gran Coupe shares most of its hardware with the M8 Coupe and M8 Convertible-and M5, X5 M and X6 M by extension. It is described as offering a "linear build-up of transverse loads" and "neutral steering behaviour". The chassis, for example, benefits from exclusive swivel bearings, control arms, torque arms, forged links for the rear axle, and stiffer anti-roll bars which improve the roadholding. Adaptive M Suspension is standard too, with a choice of three modes - Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus - while the M8 Gran Coupe Competition firms it up even more.

The Competition model, pictured at the top, gets a few bonuses. A head-up display, wireless charger for your smartphone, carbon-fiber trim, and LED ambient lighting complement the M steering wheel and M gear selector. Automatic boot lid operation and a BMW Display Key are also standard equipment.

BMW's trademark combination of Double-VANOS and Valvetronic systems are standard, as is the increasingly commonplace hot-vee turbocharger arrangement, which sees the exhaust exit within the vee of the block and straight into the two turbochargers mounted adjacently.

BMW also offers the Driving Assistance Professional Package, which includes active cruise control with stop & go, lane keeping assistance with active side collision avoidance, and extended traffic jam assistance for limited access highways.

The M8 will compete against the AMG-GT 4-Door and Porsche Taycan for "Ring supremacy and well-heeled buyers" wallets.

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