The New BMW M8 Competition Accelerates As Fast As A McLaren 570S

BMW has revealed the all-new M8, which develops a mighty 616bhp in Competition form
The New BMW M8 Competition Accelerates As Fast As A McLaren 570S

With the BMW M850i being good for 523bhp and a faintly ridiculous 0-62mph time of 3.7 seconds, we knew the M8 would be a monster. And sure enough, it’s quite the beast.

In the UK, you’ll have to buy it in Competition form - the standard M8 won’t be available. But the Comp is the one you want, anyway - it develops 616bhp from a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8, launching the car from 0-62mph in 3.2 seconds. Which is as fast as a McLaren 570S. Not bad for a circa-two tonne hulk, and the convertible version is only a tenth behind.

No DCT here - like the M5, the BMW M8 sends power to all wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox
No DCT here - like the M5, the BMW M8 sends power to all wheels via an…

Peak power comes in at 6000rpm, although you can keep going until 7200rpm if you fancy. 553lb ft of torque, meanwhile, is available from 1800 to 5600rpm. The top speed is electronically-limited to 155mph, unless you option the M Driver Package, in which case it increases to 189.

The swift off-the-line pace is thanks to the M8’s trick all-wheel drive system, which is shared with the M5. As in the super saloon, it’s heavily rear-biased, sending power to the front wheels only when traction is lost at the rear if set to 4WD mode.

Switch to 4WD Sport, and the system sends even more power to the back wheels while turning off the DSC. Or if you’re feeling brave and can stomach the inevitable tyre bill, there’s the 2WD mode, which does what it says on the tin.

The BMW M8 Competition is available in both coupe and convertible forms
The BMW M8 Competition is available in both coupe and convertible forms

All models feature M8-specific adaptive dampers and overhauled suspension geometry, with Competition variants getting - along with the extra 25bhp - their own set of chassis tweaks. These include increased negative camber on the front axle, stiffer engine mountings, and toe links with ball joints taking the place of traditional rubber mounts.

In markets where both versions of the M8 are sold, telling them apart will be easy. The Comps get a different set of wheels, plus various gloss black trim pieces including the kidney grilles, badging and exhaust tailpipes. Speaking of which, you also get an M Sport exhaust system fitted as standard, something which is optional on the ‘regular’ M8.

The New BMW M8 Competition Accelerates As Fast As A McLaren 570S

Braking is taken care of by 395mm discs at the front grabbed by six-pot calipers, and 380mm rotors at the rear squeezed by single-piston floating calipers. Go for the optional carbon ceramic brakes, and those front discs grow to 400mm.

As revealed a few weeks ago, the M8 will have selectable brake modes. You can set the stoppers to either Comfort or Sport, altering the amount of pedal pressure required to slow the car down. It’s a brake-by-wire system, but BMW is boldly promising that it’ll still provide “sublime pedal feel in any situation.”

The New BMW M8 Competition Accelerates As Fast As A McLaren 570S

Inside, there’s a leather steering wheel with the red ‘M’ drive mode buttons first seen on the M5, plus M Sport seats with “perforated 3D quilting” and light-up M8 badges. Because who cares about subtlety, anyway?

As in the rest of the 8-series range, a 12.3-inch screen forms the instrument cluster. It’s paired with a 10.25-inch infotainment screen, and BMW’s head-up display is fitted as standard.

The New BMW M8 Competition Accelerates As Fast As A McLaren 570S

Like the sound of all that? You’ll need to part with at least £123,435 for the M8 Competition coupe - about £23,000 more than the M850i - and £130,435 for the Comp convertible. Both are available to order now, and the first cars will be in the hands of customers by October 2019.



616 leaks later, we have a 616hp car!

06/04/2019 - 22:12 |
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that pretty quick m8

btw that rear spoiler is too small

06/04/2019 - 22:32 |
18 | 4

It’s an amazing car, but the interior just doesn’t do it for me. It doesn’t feel like a 6-figure car inside. I’m sure that the brutal acceleration and exterior styling make up for it by some part, but I’d take an S63 over this because the interior needs to be pleasant too.

06/04/2019 - 23:44 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

100% true ! It looks too bulky inside, including the wheel. The quilting taste is questionable..overall the interior looks well assembled and premium..but not elegant (at least not the unique feel my e89 gives me, and it was 1/3 of that price).

06/06/2019 - 10:08 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

Agree 100%. I’ve said exactly the same thing Before. The interior would be ok for a 50K ‘ 5 series coupe’ equivalent , but for 100 K plus the interior is far too ordinary . I’ve sat in one and wasn’t Impressed, especially coming from a much cheaper W213 E Class which has a fantastic interior for its segment . The S63 is obviously not as sporty, but still has an incredible ( and nicer sounding ) engine , but a far more opulent interior and back seats which are actually useable.
If you were going to buy a proper sportscar, may as well get a 992 C4S for similar money as the M8.

06/09/2019 - 15:11 |
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Some thoughts on this one..
Why the small grills BMW..? Why not the obnoxiously large ones..?
You upgraded the interiors but forgot the steering wheel..? Looks stupid..
Dem wheels..
Nice looking thing but not Holy hell I must have it thing.. That probably would be the M8 GranCoupe though..

06/05/2019 - 00:22 |
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In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)


dont give them ideas

06/05/2019 - 09:57 |
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Basith Penna-Hakkim

Now we need Alpina to make a B8!

06/05/2019 - 00:31 |
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The should put that twin turbo V12 in it

06/05/2019 - 02:42 |
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arman.dleg (///M Squad)

In reply to by Anonymous (not verified)

too heavy. but yeah they really should

06/07/2019 - 22:28 |
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The BMW Bloody Quick M8

06/05/2019 - 04:58 |
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I honestly thought it would be wider. Especially the rear wheel arches are too slim.

06/05/2019 - 07:34 |
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White Comet

now this is how you do 4WD. Rear Bias, not Fraud Wheel Drive bias.

06/06/2019 - 00:11 |
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Exactly ! Btw I’m impressed by how they sorted out the fraudulent 4wd-haldex in the last TT..even if it has a FWD platform bias it just works and sometimes let you loose the rear pretty nicely. Most of the shity understeer nature has been neutralized. Now I still vote for the 4WD in the last STI and Evo (too bad they abandoned this one :/).

06/06/2019 - 10:39 |
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Tbh its mainly VAG transverse engined AWD cars which use the Haldex AWD on demand system , which is obviously front biased. And they also confuse people claiming up to 100 of available torque can be sent rearward. The keyword is ‘ available ‘ . If the front tyres have lost traction , a maximum of 50% of engine torque can be sent rearward, which is 100% of available torque if the front wheels have no traction.
However some people confuse this with a torsen / transfer case proper awd set up where actually over 50% , and in some cases 100 % of total torque can be sent rearward.

06/09/2019 - 15:18 |
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At least someone when buying this car will be like, “Hey M8!! How u doin m8!!”

06/06/2019 - 17:08 |
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