The New BMW M8 Will Have Selectable Brake Modes

The range-topping, M Division version of the 8-series will let drivers configure - among other things settings for the brakes
The New BMW M8 Will Have Selectable Brake Modes

Configurable driving modes are nothing new for BMW. The M3 and M4, we once worked out, have 243 permutations within the driver settings, giving three different modes for engine, gearbox suspension, steering and traction control.

But the incoming BMW M8 will go a step further and offer something a little more unusual: it’ll actually have two different brake modes to choose from.

The New BMW M8 Will Have Selectable Brake Modes

It’s possible because of a new compact module which “brings together the brake activation, brake booster and braking control functions,” saving 2kg compared to a conventional setup. There’s a vacuum-free brake booster/servo, which is controlled via an electronic actuator. It’s a brake-by-wire system, in other words.

That last bit is important, as it means BMW is able to introduce Comfort and Sport settings which vary the amount of brake pedal pressure required to slow the M8 down. Handy if you don’t want to accidentally lurch to a stop at traffic lights.

The New BMW M8 Will Have Selectable Brake Modes

BMW is also promising that the new system will deliver “sublime pedal feel in any situation”. Munich says that feedback won’t be hampered by “wet road surfaces, significant lateral acceleration or high brake temperatures”. Bold claims for a brake-by-wire setup - we’ll be interested to see how it shapes up IRL.

Along with the brake modes, there’ll be two different settings for the steering and three apiece for the dampers and engine. It’ll be possible to fiddle with the gearbox, although we’re not certain how many modes the M8 has for that as of yet.

The New BMW M8 Will Have Selectable Brake Modes

As with the M5, turning off the Dynamic Stability Control opens up the choice of three modes for the xDrive system: 4WD, 4WD Sport (more rear-biased), or pure RWD for lurid drifts. If getting around a circuit as fast as possible without safety nets is your aim, there’s also a dedicated ‘Track Mode’ which turns off all the driver assistance systems, along with the infotainment display and the audio to give a distraction-free cockpit. It’ll only be available on the M8 Competition.

The M8 will arrive in coupe form at some point in 2019, with drop-top and four-door ‘Gran Coupe’ versions landing next year.


Erich Mohrmann

It’s cool how there are all these modes etc, but I’m curious about the statistics of how much do they really get used

05/10/2019 - 08:49 |
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I don’t think I’ve ever driven anywhere not in sport mode. Which is annoying as it is to push many buttons just to set off… BMW has a habit of burying such setting in the infotainment system so my guess is, never. Lol

05/10/2019 - 11:57 |
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We used to have a 2011 Lamborghini Gallardo in the family and it was always driven in sport mode in manual. Now we’ve got an F-Type and the same thing, manual sport mode with the exhaust open

05/13/2019 - 01:44 |
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TheDriver 1


05/10/2019 - 09:27 |
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Bavaria that’s why

05/10/2019 - 10:47 |
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…my dad’s xc90 also has switchable brake modes

05/10/2019 - 21:40 |
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Lord Saucius The Divine

The 8 series is nice.

05/10/2019 - 21:50 |
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It is not brake by wire…
A bit complicated to explain, but do your research

05/10/2019 - 21:55 |
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05/11/2019 - 11:16 |
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Am I the only one here who dislikes the new BMW designs?

05/13/2019 - 08:34 |
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(Disclaimer: 150+ hours of seat-time in Kart and Grand Touring racing; Many track days; Owned an e39 M5 and numerous other german hot rods)

I’ve not ever wanted or needed “8” selectable braking modes. Nor did my race colleagues ever say “I need 8 selectable braking modes”

Not even Colin Chapman had ever felt the need for 8 selectable braking modes… I’ve known two braking modes my entire life: Press the pedal and ya stop. Modulate the pedal and ya slow down gradually. that’s all ya need

05/14/2019 - 22:51 |
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