BMW Teaches Us How To Drift The Mighty M8

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BMW builds some of the best performance cars on the road and prides itself on engineering cars that are excellent at delivering a dynamic and connected driving experience; an element missing in a surprisingly large number of modern sports cars. BMW's performance car food chain stretches quite a way, but at the top of the pile sits the mighty BMW M8, which has been proven to be a highly capable machine on and off the track. Whispers of a hardcore M8 CSL have been circulating, and will supposedly make its debut in 2022, but until then, BMW keeps hyping the M8, this time with a video showing how to drift one of these beasts.

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The M8 Competition in the video comes with standard all-wheel-drive, which isn't conducive to drifting, but can thankfully be toggled between RWD and AWD. In the video, professional driving instructor Stefan Landmann takes viewers through the basics of drifting with the M8, and what the main differences are between the various riving modes. His first step is to switch off the electronic traction control, after which he selects RWD mode. In this configuration, the M8 drifts with almost no effort, and Landmann explains how only small throttle and steering inputs are needed to carry the car through a drift line.

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Next up Landman goes into the details of drifting while in xDrive mode. He enters the corner with a more aggressive angle and makes liberal use of the throttle. The 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 under the hood of this car produces 617 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, so getting the tires to lose grip in the wet is a walk in the park. Landman explains that with all-wheel drifting, the driver will tend to steer into the corner, as opposed to counter steering in RWD mode. Cars such as the M8 prove that AWD cars can drift if the driver knows what he's doing.

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