When news of the all-new BMW M8 first landed, we couldn’t help but be drawn to the 0-62mph figure. In Competition spec, the coupe version of the M8 will launch to the benchmark speed in just 3.2 seconds.
Since that’s the same time it takes a McLaren 570S to hit 62, we’d call that rather quick. Especially considering the M8 is far from a featherweight - BMW hasn’t revealed a weight figure yet, but we do know the M850i is porky 2090kg.
It’s all thanks to the M8’s trick all-wheel drive system, which can - if you like - be switched ‘off’ to make the car rear-wheel drive. Leave it on, though, and it’ll ensure the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8’s 616bhp is delivered to the tarmac effectively.
As when the M850i was revealed, the M8 Comp’s impressive acceleration stat got us thinking. What more athletic supercars and performance cars can this circa-two tonne hulk of metal and leather beat to 100kmh? We’ve come up with a list of eight, and it makes for interesting viewing.
We’re not, of course, saying that the M8 is any better than these cars just because it accelerates quicker. Rather, we’re just putting its ridiculous straight-line pace in context.
It’s safe to say the YouTube drag races are going to be epic…