It’s fun to dream sometimes…
The BMW M8 and M8 Competition have only just been revealed in Coupe and Convertible forms, and while customers lucky enough to get their hands on one are still waiting for the order books to open, it appears that the M8’s configurator is already live on BMW’s Swiss website. BMW Switzerland splits the configurator in two, with one being for coupe customers and the other reserved for the convertible’s buyers.
We went ahead and rendered our dream M8 Competition, which is, of course, a coupe, because who doesn't want a hardcore 625 horsepower BMW that turns heads and "saves" a little (like very little) weight by forgoing convertible hardware?
The first box we ticked was for the M Driver’s package since it gives the M8 Competition the necessary hardware to surpass the car’s 155 mph limiter and hit 189 mph. After that, a shade of Brands Hatch Grey paint gives our M8 Competition a sleek gunmetal look that’s contrasted by black exterior accents and 20-inch double-spoke M wheels, also painted black.
While the exterior is cold as ice, the interior is warmed by a shade of Vollleder Merino Sakhir Orange leather with carbon fiber accents, a gorgeous Alcantara roof liner, and M seatbelts with M-colored stitching.
Parking Assistant Plus is a no-brainer given the low front bumper and fancy rims, and though we opted for the pricey Bowers and Wilkins Diamond surround sound system, we went without driver aids in order to reduce complexity and allow the focus to be on driving. We also de-badged our car’s rear end to leave onlookers guessing which M car this is, before adding a carbon fiber engine cover and opting for the M carbon ceramic brakes.
All told, our M8 Competition Coupe comes out to 245,230 Swiss Francs, or $248,329 including Switzerland's taxes. Prices will certainly not be that high for American buyers when the M8 Competition makes it to the US, but our little shopping spree did help us become more aware of the dangers of going nuts with a specs sheet.