2020 BMW M8 Competition Coupe on track – Greatest M Car Ever. Just like the F90 M5, the 2020 BMW M8 gets an advanced xDrive all-wheel drive system that splits most of the power to the rear wheels until the fronts are needed. Working in combination with the all-wheel drive system, an Active M Differential is standard equipment at the rear axle. The latter can lock anywhere between 0-100 percent in milliseconds and is essential for keeping its rear-end in check.
There are also multiple modes for the xDrive all-wheel drive system. The BMW M8 can switch from the normal ‘4WD’ mode to a sportier ‘4WD Sport’ mode. The latter will keep more power at the rear axle and will allow for some tail spins. If those slip angles aren’t enough for you, and you want some extreme tire-roasting fun, there’s a ‘2WD’ mode that completely deactivates the front axle. It also deactivates DSC entirely and the M8’s ‘2WD’ mode stays on until the driver turns it off.
All of that power and tire-shredding ability needs some high-class chassis and suspension engineering. Therefore, the M8’s double-wishbone front suspension and a five-link rear axle have been designed with bespoke kinematic and elastokinematics, unique from its other 8 Series siblings. In addition, M8’s body received additional reinforcements to raise up the torsional stiffness.
For example, BMW increased the entire front-end stiffness with an additional thrust panel, which also improves the steering precision and response. Compared to the its lower-priced step-brother – the M850i Coupe – the M8 gets ball bearings instead of rubber ones. Additionally, the M8 comes with new engine mounts (50 percent stiffer), increased front suspension camber (from 1 to 1.3 degrees), forged suspension arms and more bracing.
If you look at the M8 versus the M5 sedan, then a few differences stand out. Firstly, the ride height has been lowered by 10mm (0.4in) so the lower center of gravity offers better driving dynamics. Secondly, measuring 4867mm (191.6 in) in length and 1907mm (75 in) wide, the BMW M8 is slightly shorter and wider than the M5 so that also spices up the driving characteristics of the M8.
Certainly, a lot of work has gone into developing the character of the M8, but that was just the beginning. You can also watch this underbody video of the BMW M8 where we explored in detail some of the features.
Just like the F90 M5 and the newly unveiled BMW X5 M and X6 M, the 2020 BMW M8 Coupe gets two power stages. The base one is reserved for the non-Competition models which use the same 4.4 liter V8 TwinTurbo engine, but with only 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. The 2020 BMW M8 Competition Coupe keeps the same torque levels while adding 25 more horsepower ((17 in the US) for a total of 625 hp (617 for US spec cars). Paired with that twin-turbo V8 is an eight-speed ZF-sourced automatic, much like the M5, but adapted to the M8.
BMW quoted the standard sprint at 3.2 seconds, yet with the help of BMW Works Driver Martin Tomczyk we managed to beat that. In the video below, you can see the 2020 BMW M8 Competition Coupe running from 0 to 100 km/h in 2.88 seconds and from 0 to 200 km/h (124 mph) with the Launch Control in 9.93 seconds!
Pricing for the new 2020 M8 Coupe is $133,000 and $146,000 for the M8 Competition Coupe. The 2020 M8 Convertible MSRP is $142,500 and $155,500 for the M8 Competition Convertible. Pricing does not include $995 Destination.
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