Like the M5, you'll be able to switch to a tire-smoking rear-wheel drive mode at the push of a button.
This week new images of BMW M8 Competition leaked online, suggesting the M8’s debut is just around the corner. It’s been a long wait, too, as BMW’s flagship coupe was first teased way back in May 2017. To get us excited, BMW has released new photos and details of the first-ever M8, which will feature a new display and control system that lets you configure the powertrain, chassis and driver assistance systems.
New to the BMW M8 Coupe and Convertible is an M Mode button on the center console that lets you switch between Road and Sport modes on the regular M8 and select a Track mode in the range-topping M8 Competition. Each mode comes with its own screen settings and also changes the setup of the driver assistance. Road mode, for example, keeps all driver assists activated while switching to Track mode turns off all comfort and safety functions, even going as far as to shut off the radio.
New brake technology will also debut in the BMW M8 that brings together the brake activation, brake booster and braking control functions within a compact module. BMW says this integrated braking system reduces weight by around four pounds and employs a vacuum-free brake booster to enhance the car’s overall efficiency. Furthermore, the amount of pressure on the brake pedal required to slow the car varies depending on whether Comfort or Sport mode is selected, while the standard compound brakes can be replaced by an optional carbon-ceramic setup.
There's also a setup button on the center console that allows the driver to choose between five different vehicle parameters. Press it and a screen will appear on the display with adjustable settings for the engine, steering, suspension, brakes, and the M xDrive all-wheel drive system. Like the M5, a pure all-wheel-drive option can be selected provided the dynamic stability control system is turned off.
BMW hasn’t revealed any new details about the powertrain, but the automaker has previously confirmed the flagship M8 will be powered by a high-revving twin-turbo V8 engine producing over 600 hp, while the M8 Competition will likely be even more powerful than the 625-hp M5 Competition.