Turns out the M8 Competition is capable of supercar performance.
Thanks to its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 pumping out 625 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, the M8 Competition is the most powerful production car BMW has ever made. With this setup, the M8 Competition Coupe will do the 0-62 mph sprint in just 3.2 seconds according to official figures. That's quick by most people's standards, but BMWBlog has discovered the M8 Competition is much faster than BMW claims.
During a recent media event, BMW Pro Driver Martin Tomczyk did a few speed laps in the M8 Competition at the Portimao race track in south Portugal to see how accurate BMW's quoted performance figures are. And the results were very eye-opening. With launch control activated, the M8 Competition completed the 0-62 mph dash in a mere 2.8 seconds. That puts the M8 Competition in supercar territory, matching the 0-62 mph times of the Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and McLaren Senna. That's very impressive considering these cars are way more expensive than the BMW M8 Competition.
In a separate test, Tomczyk also did a 0-124 mph speed run in the M8 Competition, which took only 9.93 seconds. If you're skeptical about these figures, BMWBlog has provided a video of both tests recorded by a GoPro camera installed on the steering wheel.
How is the M8 Competition capable of such blistering performance? Its 625-hp, 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 is obviously a factor, but the M8 Competition is equipped with BMW's advanced xDrive all-wheel drive system that helps with grip. An Active M Differential at the rear axle also comes as standard while Launch Control improves stability off the line.
BMW recently introduced the more practical Gran Coupe to the M8 family, which is even faster than the M8 Coupe with a 0-62 mph time of 3.1 seconds in the standard model and three seconds flat in the M8 Gran Coupe Competition.