BMW's best looking M car has arrived with 617 horsepower.
The BMW 8 Series was already a seriously good looking car when it arrived as a two-door coupe and convertible but then the four-door Gran Coupe was released, and it looked even better. BMW then introduced the faster versions of the 8 Series Coupe and Convertible, in the form of the M8. A Gran Coupe version of the M8 was the only missing model from the 8 Series lineup but BMW has now rectified the situation. Introducing the 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe and M8 Gran Coupe Competition, the latest additions to the M8 family - and in our opinion, these are the prettiest M8 variants yet.
As with the other M8 variants, the Gran Coupe is powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 sending 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque out to all-wheel-drive through an eight-speed automatic while the Competition variant boosts the output to 617 hp. BMW says the Competition model not only features unique engine tuning to achieve the extra power, but it also receives a 260-rpm increase in the torque band, more rigid engine mounts, and a standard M Sport exhaust. Competition models also include an M Sound Control button on the center console to control the exhaust volume.
BMW claims the standard M8 Gran Coupe can hit 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds while the Competition model can do the deed in three seconds flat. These times are actually two-tenths of a second quicker than the two-door M8 Coupe. Both cars top out at 155 mph or 190 mph with the optional M Driver's Package.
The M8 Gran Coupe is 9.1 inches longer, 1.4 inches wider, and 2.3 inches taller than the M8 Coupe and has a wheelbase that is 7.9 inches longer. This not only gives the Gran Coupe model a more imposing stance, but it also improves interior shoulder room by 7.7 inches, rear legroom by 7.1 inches, and rear headroom by 3.5 inches all while only adding 185 pounds to the curb weight.
BMW will offer a slew of available colors including Alpine White, Black Sapphire Metallic, Brands Hatch Grey Metallic, Sonic Speed Blue Metallic, Marina Bay Blue, Metallic, Donnington Grey Metallic, Barcelona Blue Metallic, and Motegi Red Metallic. There will also be a few BMW Individual paint finishes including Dravit Grey Metallic, Almandin Brown Metallic, Ametrin Metallic, Aventurin Red Metallic, and Frozen Bluestone Metallic. Carbon fiber trim comes standard inside, while Ash Grain Grey-Metallic Wood trim, Individual Piano Black Finish trim, and Individual Ash Black Silver Wood trim are all optional.
Pricing begins at $130,000 for the M8 Gran Coupe (plus $995 Destination) or $143,000 for the M8 Gran Coupe Competition. In addition to being the quickest versions of the M8, the Gran Coupe models are also the least expensive and most practical, making them our favorites. BMW will also offer a M8 Gran Coupe First Edition (pictured here in green), though only 50 examples will be sold in the US. All 50 will be painted in an exclusive shade of Individual Diamant Green Metallic with Goldbronze trim to mirror the M8 Gran Coupe Concept.