After a short hiatus, the M8 is back.
Luxury coupes and convertibles have seen a massive sales dive recently, explaining why the BMW M8 Coupe and BMW M8 Convertible took a break for the 2021 model year. The four-door M8 Gran Coupe proved popular enough to stick around for 2021, and BMW still offered lesser variants of the 8 Series Coupe and Convertible. Though coupe and convertible sales aren't any better than last year, two-door M8 models will return for the 2022 model year.
The 2022 M8 Coupe, Convertible, and Gran Coupe Competition are all listed on the EPA's website, sporting 15-mpg in the city, 23-mpg on the highway, and 17-mpg combined. BMW product and technology communications manager Alex Schmuck confirmed to CarBuzz that the EPA filings are correct and that the M8 Coupe and Convertible are officially back.
The standard M8 models are notably absent from the EPA website, as only the M8 Competition variants are listed. Schmuck confirmed that all three M8 variants would only be offered in Competition guise for the 2022 model year. We assume that most customers didn't mind spending $13,000 more for the Competition model when they are already willing to spend $133,000 on a base M8. Opting for the Competition ups the output from 600 to 617 horsepower and drops the official 0-60 mph from 3.1 to 3.0 seconds.
Rumors suggest BMW will introduce an even more hardcore version for the 2022 model year, though no such model is listed on the EPA website. We expect that an M8 CS could borrow the 627-hp state of tune from the four-door M5 CS, though the rumors predict a hybrid drivetrain with nearly 700 hp.
When the M8 Coupe, Convertible, and Gran Coupe make their 2022 return, they should do so with a nice upgrade inside. These models will be available with optional carbon-fiber M bucket seats borrowed from the M5 CS and the new M3/M4. Those carbon buckets shave off 230 pounds from the M5, which is pretty significant. Let's hope that they come in some outrageous colors, like the M3 and M4.