RE: BMW lifts the lid on new 625hp M8 Competition

RE: BMW lifts the lid on new 625hp M8 Competition

Wednesday 5th June

BMW lifts the lid on new 625hp M8 Competition

M's "first foray into the world of luxury motoring" is a brace of very expensive - and very fast - 8 Series variants



Good looking car, isn't it? With the automotive world having been spooked by cars like the X7, 1 and 7 Series, it's nice to see that BMW can still deliver when tasked with delivering a GT flagship. This is the BMW M8 Competition, the most expensive and most powerful (along with the M5 equivalent) M car ever made.

Low, wide and fit to burst with attitude thanks to bigger intakes, unique forged wheels, black details, a carbon roof and quad exhaust pipes, the M8 Comp is as assertive as you might hope from a modern M range topper. The interior is marked by M badges, 'perforated 3D quilting' on the seats - how luxurious - and a host of new buttons controlling technology not yet seen on an M car. But more on that in a second...


The M8 is powered by the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 as used in the M5, boasting 625hp and 553lb ft; with the same eight-speed automatic, BMW is claiming 3.2 seconds to 62mph and a 155mph top speed - extendable to 189mph with the M Driver's Pack. Points of note for this installation of the engine include a 'stirring soundtrack' thanks to a bespoke exhaust (managed by an M Sound Control button on the dash) and a new engine mount. BMW says that the more rigid connection with the body "has a positive effect on the immediacy of turn in and the transmission of engine noise into the cabin."

As for the chassis, the M8 Competition will deliver an "exclusive racing-car feel"; this is thanks to retuned adaptive dampers, more negative camber at the front, M-specific steering, the M xDrive all-wheel drive from the M5 and "extensive testing" at the Nordschleife. BMW also claims that the M8 GTE racer played a role in the configuration process, though the pinch of salt to be taken with that one should be larger than most.


Perhaps the most noteworthy new addition is the integrated braking system; it combines brake activation, booster and control in one system and offers two pedal feel settings, which sounds worrying regardless of whether standard iron rotors or the larger ceramics are fitted. Because who has ever desired that?

It's the tip of the M configurability iceberg, this M8 also offering an 'M mode' (as well as the M buttons) for the first time that tailors the car between 'Road', 'Sport' and 'Track' dynamic presets, each ramping up the raciness in terms of the displays, assistance technology and driving feel. In addition to that there's a 'set up' button to individually adjust the dynamic parameters along the way - Efficient, Sport and Sport Plus for the powertrain, Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus for the chassis, Comfort and Sport for the steering... Don't forget there are the levels of 4WD also, up to and including rear-drive only with the DSC off. Hopefully the Cornering Brake Control, Dynamic Brake Control, Automatic Differential Brake, Brake Assist and Dry Braking function can keep drivers out of trouble.


Blimey. There's another choice for M8 Comp buyers to make as well, between either coupe or convertible. The latter swaps the coupe's carbon roof for a folding fabric one, one that can be retracted or raised in 15 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph. No doubt adding a bit of extra weight, too..

The BMW M8 Competition has been launched today, with deliveries set to begin in October. It costs from £123,435 as a coupe, or £130,435 for the convertible. As far as rivals go, the Mercedes-AMG S63 costs £129,330 and would seem the most obvious, but a Turbo S E-Hybrid Panamera is £137k and delivers even more power. Slightly used alternatives might appeal as well: this DB11 V8 is £125k with fewer than 1,000 miles. Where would your money be going?












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drpep

Original Poster:

1,201 posts

110 months

Tuesday 4th June
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Looks like a pretty splendid place to spend a few hours. It's not my cuppa, but it's a lovely thing to behold.

Good job, M division.

Nightshade

54 posts

128 months

Tuesday 4th June
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That interior looks decidedly bland for a £123k car.

ghost83

3,034 posts

132 months

Tuesday 4th June
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I just think

Meh

When I see this tbh

vanman1936

309 posts

161 months

Tuesday 4th June
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Better M, better. Quite like it actually. Muscular.

sleepera6

4,665 posts

39 months

Tuesday 4th June
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Nightshade said:
That interior looks decidedly bland for a £123k car.
Agreed.

I love it, but not £123k love it. It’s probably excellent to drive and it looks great from the outside too. I wish they had a bit more pizazz on the inside though. They could learn a lesson from the Merc S63 AMG Coupe
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Shiv_P

1,955 posts

47 months

Tuesday 4th June
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£123k with that generic interior! No thanks
But why is it a competition already? Why not just M8?

numtumfutunch

3,155 posts

80 months

Tuesday 4th June
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Beautiful but why would you do this instead of a 911?
Unless you have a kink for throwing £50 notes into a fire

And Im a huge BMW fan

Cheers

Lambo FirstBlood

666 posts

121 months

Wednesday 5th June
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ghost83 said:
I just think

Meh

When I see this tbh
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ReaperCushions

3,623 posts

126 months

Wednesday 5th June
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numtumfutunch said:
Beautiful but why would you do this instead of a 911?
Unless you have a kink for throwing £50 notes into a fire

And Im a huge BMW fan

Cheers
Or indeed the DB11 example in the article. Madness money.

Also agree on the generic interior.... 123k to sit in the same cabin as a 3 series.

aston addict

223 posts

100 months

Wednesday 5th June
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Matt, are you on the BMW payroll? Or has Pistonheads become the unofficial publicity arm of Munich?!

In all my years reading Pistonheads I can’t recall the opening words in an article saying ‘what a good looking car’....

Whilst clearly a car’s looks are very subjective, far better to let the dear reader make their own mind up!

Personally, I think these look better in the flesh but still look like a mashup between a mustang and infinity coupe. And certainly nowhere near £120k worth.

Perhaps BMW should try something different styling wise, what with their share price at a seven and a half year low...

Meridius

1,173 posts

94 months

Wednesday 5th June
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I known its probably all a safety and rigidity thing but the rear ends of modern coupes are just so disproportionately thick now. Look like those women who have had butt implants.

Chestrockwell

1,571 posts

99 months

Wednesday 5th June
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Not being funny and I hate to be that guy, and it’s difficult to say this as I’m a life long BMW fan and love a good barge...BUT, after the amount of fun I’m having in my 24k 316bhp FWD Civic Type R, I look at cars like these and feel nothing anymore, 100k + (let’s be honest, nobody will pay list for one of these) 625 bhp, over 2 tonnes, what’s the point, it won’t even be fun to drive!

If I had the means or if my numbers came up, I’d definitely buy the 8 series as I’m a fan of its looks and imagine it would make a lovely long distance cruiser but I’d spend half the money and get the diesel model, no point in making a big car like that sporty. You wouldn’t have heard me say this 2 weeks ago when I had my 4 series.

On the topic of the 8 series, every single one I see has a reg that starts with ‘Y’, means it’s a BMW UK car, Still haven’t seen one with a reg other than Y, I think BMW are struggling to sell these.



Edited by Chestrockwell on Wednesday 5th June 01:44

n4aat

443 posts

154 months

Wednesday 5th June
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You forgot the DB11 hyperlink.

LaurasOtherHalf

14,975 posts

138 months

Wednesday 5th June
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Bizarrely I do think it’s a good looker, way better than it has any right to.

Ridiculously small cabin for the size of the thing though, and what’s with the chintzy crystal gear knobs on these things?!

As one poster said, the price is irrelevant in these things as no one will pay list-but that’s the same as any bmw now isn’t it?

Epic depreciation regardless-and I’d love to see the consumable running costs should someone dare take it on track!

Arsecati

218 posts

59 months

Wednesday 5th June
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Good looking car, but if the depreciation is anything like the M6 - then I'd be holding off for a while (or diverting the funds to that DB11 instead!).

Gio G

2,039 posts

151 months

Wednesday 5th June
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I will stick with my RS5 for now, cheaper, lighter, similar performance and I can actually get passengers in the back that are not dwarfs.. V8 is really the only attraction.. Good looks too..

G

moonigan

1,341 posts

183 months

Wednesday 5th June
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Should this not have the title "Brave Pill"

Nick928

140 posts

97 months

Wednesday 5th June
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Given the ferocious depreciation of high end BMW products at the moment that will be a nice buy in 18 months old at £55k

Not Ideal

2,385 posts

130 months

Wednesday 5th June
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Nick928 said:
Given the ferocious depreciation of high end BMW products at the moment that will be a nice buy in 18 months old at £55k
This.

RDMcG

13,185 posts

149 months

Wednesday 5th June
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Writing this from the Nordschleife after a few trackdays. Have owned a fair number of M cars in the past. The sense here from talking to some experienced people is that the braking system is too clever and frustrating for a good driver on a track. Very difficult to modulate personally. That would be a big problem.