The BMW M8 Competition Coupé, BMW M8 Competition Convertible and BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé all stand out with their blend of sublime performance, captivating luxury and commanding presence. In spring 2022, BMW M GmbH will sharpen the profile of its high performance luxury sports cars with the introduction of well-conceived modifications to their design and upgrades for their control and operation technology. The BMW M8 Competition Coupé, BMW M8 Competition Convertible and BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé represent the pinnacle of the BMW M GmbH model line-up, and give the brand a strong presence in the luxury segment. Thanks to their specific body concepts, the range-topping trio bring their own individual interpretations of signature M performance to the highly prestigious world of luxury sports cars. Available in three body styles, the latest edition of the BMW M8 makes its mark with new additions to the range of exterior colours and M light-alloy wheels. M lights Shadow Line will be available for the luxurious high performance models for the first time, opening up extra scope for customising their appearance. Meanwhile, full Merino leather/Alcantara upholstery in the new Black/Sakhir Orange colour scheme brings extra freshness to the cabin. The BMW iDrive operating system now also comes with a 12.3-inch touchscreen display for greater ease of use.
The unmistakable visual appearance of the BMW M8 Competition Coupé, BMW M8 Competition Convertible and BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé is defined by their powerful forms, generously sized, elegantly sculpted surfaces, aerodynamic lines and M-specific design features geared to the functional requirements of a high-performance sports car. New exterior colours now bring extra impact to the body’s clean surface design. The updated selection of exterior paint finishes for the trio of models includes eight new shades. BMW Laserlight including adaptive cornering function and BMW Selective Beam non-dazzling high beam assistant is fitted as standard to maintain optimum visibility in all weather conditions and driving situations. The new editions of these high-performance sports cars can now also be ordered with the optional M lights Shadow Line. The dark finish for the inlays and chrome detailing inside the headlight units help to give the front end of all the cars eye-catching visuals and a sporting feel, an effect enhanced by the standard High-gloss Black finish for the BMW kidney grille surround. The new range of exterior colours includes Skyscraper Grey metallic, Brooklyn Grey metallic, Isle of Man Green metallic and the BMW Individual paint finish Tanzanite Blue metallic. These are joined by four new variants of the highly sophisticated Frozen paint finishes, whose silk matt shimmer accentuates the modern design language of the BMW M8 models to striking effect. Customers can now specify the BMW Individual special paint finishes Frozen Pure Grey metallic, Frozen Deep Grey metallic, Frozen Deep Green metallic and Frozen Tanzanite Blue metallic.
Chassis technology developed using expertise from motor sport and individually tuned for each specific model ensures the harmonious mix of dynamism, agility and precision that marks out the handling of cars from BMW M. Experience garnered in the development of the BMW M8 GTE racing car was also brought to bear here. Powertrain and chassis technology engineered to deliver an exhilarating driving experience is a key element of all three models. The power for the cars’ formidable performance is generated by a V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology that develops maximum output of 460 kW/625 hp and peak torque of 750 Nm (553 lb-ft). In customary M fashion, the engine’s appetite for revs enables it to produce high levels of torque over a wide rpm band, while an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic and the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system ensure this power is channelled to the road to optimum effect. The various powertrain elements work together with great precision to deliver sports performance that satisfies and excites – such as 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration in just 3.2 seconds (BMW M8 Competition Coupé and BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé) or 3.3 seconds (BMW M8 Competition Convertible).
The chassis technology on the new BMW M8 models allies electronically controlled dampers and electromechanical M Servotronic steering to an integrated braking system offering two pedal feel settings, allowing the driver to choose between more comfort-oriented or direct, sporty response. Customers can opt for M Carbon ceramic brakes as an alternative to the standard M Compound brakes. The DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) system hands the driver the option of engaging M Dynamic Mode, which allows increased wheel slip. Together with the M xDrive system’s rear-biased set-up, this gives the driver the tools to execute extremely sporty driving manoeuvres, including controlled drifts. 20-inch M light-alloy wheels fitted with high-performance tyres measuring 275/35 R 20 at the front and 285/35 R 20 at the rear also come as standard. Further M light-alloy wheels with the same dimensions can be found on the list of optional extras. They include a new model in star-spoke design with a bi-colour Black/Grey finish.
The interior of the new BMW M8 models is a blend of unmistakable M-style cockpit design and modern luxury. The standard BMW Head-Up Display features M-specific readouts. The Setup button on the centre console offers direct access to the settings for the engine, dampers, steering, M xDrive and brakes, enabling drivers to configure their own individual M Setup. Two different setups can be stored permanently, together with the driver’s preferred settings for the engine sound, gearshift characteristics, driving stability control system and Auto Start Stop function, and then selected by pressing one of the two M buttons on the steering wheel. In addition, the M Mode button on the centre console can be used to alter both the responses of the driver assistance systems and the information shown in the instrument cluster and Head-Up Display, with a choice of ROAD, SPORT and TRACK settings. The standard M sport seats are another factor in the intense driving experience offered by these high-performance sports cars. For authentic racing-car flair, there is also the option of M Carbon bucket seats for the driver and front passenger. Boasting a structure-led design, exposed carbon fibre-reinforced plastic (CFRP) surfaces, integral head restraints, cut-outs in the backrest and side bolsters, plus guides for multi-point seat belts, these seats combine racing functionality with excellent comfort over long distances and sumptuous workmanship. They are heated and electrically adjustable with a memory function on the driver’s side and also come with an illuminated “M8” badge in the head restraints.
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