Following the recent reveal of the long-awaited BMW 8 Series, the Bavarian carmaker’s performance division has introduced M variants of the two-door cruiser in the form of the M8 and more hardcore M8 Competition, unveiling the new model in both coupe and convertible body styles.
All models come powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, delivering 600 horsepower in the M8, 625 hp in the M8 Competition and 553 lb-ft of torque in both. An eight-speed Steptronic transmission sends all that grunt to all four wheels, with 0-62 mph coming in at 3.3 seconds, dropping to 3.2 secs for in the Competition. Top speed can be increased from an electronically-limited 155 mph to 189 mph by opting for the M Driver’s package.
The M8 comes with two braking modes of comfort and sport thanks to an adjustable brake-by-wire system, while “drift mode” can be selected if drivers want to turn the M8 into a rear-wheel drive tire-killing machine. An M-specific adaptive suspension keeps things comfortable when drivers want to cruise.
Marking out the M8 from lesser 8ers are M badges galore, a carbon-fiber roof, rear spoiler, aerodynamic side mirrors, and a rear diffuser in contrasting colors. The M8 Competition is further distinguished with unique exhaust tailpipes, bigger wheels, and gloss black trim.
A luxurious interior boasts M Sport seats, head-up display, and 10.25-inch infotainment screen, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel with M-specific buttons.
The M8 Coupe will start from $133,995 and the M8 Competition from $146,995, with deliveries expected to start in the fall.