Not too long, BMW revived the 8-series moniker, which represented a range of luxurious grand tourers from the brand. In its revived form. the top-of-the-line 850i M sport variant offers as much as 523 horsepower. However, BMW’s M division was yet to work their magic on this car. Now, having made its way through the M division of the German car maker, we finally have a proper M8, which would be available in both coupe and cabriolet avatars, with the familiar 4.4-litre V8 which is available in two different stages of tune, read ahead to know more.
In its standard avatar, the M8’s 4.4-litre, twin-turbocharged V8 motor is tuned to develop 600.2 bhp at 6,000 rpm and peak torque of 750 Nm is obtained between 1,800 to 5,600 rpm. This translates to a 0 to 100 kmph sprint in 3.3 seconds for the coupe and the cabriolet takes a tenth of a second more. Top speed in the standard M8 is limited to a mere 250 kmph but can be raised to 305 kmph with an optional drivers pack.
However, it is the Competition Pack variant of this grand tourer that you want. Along with the Competition Pack Badge, you get about 24 more horses, a total of 624.5 which again are delivered at 6,000 rpm. At 750 Nm, the torque figure remains unchanged but is delivered in a wider band, between 1,800 rpm to 5,800 rpm. This variant also comes with stiffer engine mounting, delivering a more sporty driving experience. These changes lead to a faster 0 to 100 kmph sprint, 3.2 seconds in the coupe and 3.3 seconds in the cabriolet. The top speed of this variant is 305 kmph.
Power is sent to all 4-wheels but just like the new M5, the driver can also change the way the all-wheel-drive system reacts and can even send 100% of power to the rear wheels if you wish to do so. Differentiating the M8 from the regular 8-series are quite a few exterior details. This includes a revised bumper design at both ends, Msport wheels, Msport mirror housings, M badges, a rear diffuser and quad tailpipes at the rear. On the inside, the car comes with a different steering wheel, M-sport seats, M-sport gear lever and many more ‘M’ touches. To be officially unveiled at the Frankfurt auto show, stay tuned for more news on this mighty grand tourer.