HEY M8, did you hear the 2020 BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé is coming to Australia? All puns and fun aside, the astoundingly beautiful and wickedly quick BMW offering will arrive in Australian showrooms by quarter two of next year.
Derived from the M8 Competition Coupé and developed alongside the mighty BMW M8 GTE endurance racer, its power train, chassis and aerodynamics were adapted to suit the standalone concept.
They were then tested extensively at BMW Group’s proving grounds, the Nürburgring Nordschleife, and other race circuits. It features a high-revving eight cylinder engine with M TwinPower turbo technology that generates 460kW and 750Nm.
It teams this with a sports exhaust that provides a race car like note and an eight speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic for precise shifts regardless of the driving style.
In addition, it incorporates the celebrated M xDrive all-wheel-drive system that seamlessly transfers the engine’s power to the road via a centrally controlled interaction with the rear axle mounted Active M Differential.
The M xDrive system has a rear biased configuration in its default 4WD mode. Drivers can use a setup menu to select 4WD Sport mode, which sends an even higher proportion of drive to the rear wheels.
Deactivation of DSC brings 2WD mode into play, with drive fed exclusively through the rear wheels.
The M8 Competition Gran Coupé includes electronically controlled dampers and electro-mechanical M Servotronic steering, while a new M specific integrated braking system enables two brake pedal settings to suit specific driving styles and situations.
Adjustment of the brake pedal functionality is accessible through the Setup function, where settings for the engine, dampers and steering can also be personalised.
Two individually composed variants of the M setup can be stored and called up using the M buttons on the steering wheel. Drivers can also select TRACK mode in addition to ROAD and SPORT modes depending on their preference.
The dramatic new exterior styling of the M8 Competition Gran Coupé is characterised by a dynamically stretched silhouette, muscular shoulders and a distinctive standalone rear end design.
It complements these aspects with larger air intakes, M gills on the side panels, aerodynamically optimised exterior mirrors and a rear spoiler.
Inside, the instrument cluster, control display and head-up display also provide the driver with M-specific readouts, while other interior design highlights include exclusive M Sport front seats with integrated illuminated M8 badging and bi-colour leather trim.
The rear seat design evokes a sport focused feel with individual character and integrated head restraints.
Local specifications and pricing detail for the all new 2020 M8 Competition Gran Coupé will be released closer to the launch date.