RE: BMW reveals 625hp M8 Competition Gran Coupe

RE: BMW reveals 625hp M8 Competition Gran Coupe

Wednesday 9th October

BMW reveals 625hp M8 Competition Gran Coupe

Stuck choosing from Panamera, AMG GT 4-door and RS7? Now there's a BMW to consider as well...



We all know the rule: when more than one body is offered for a fast car, the coolest version is the most practical. It just is. A C63 coupe is cooler than an equivalent cabrio, same for an RS4 and an RS5 Sportback, same for a Panamera Sport Turismo against the standard car. And even without knowing a single thing about it, the M8 Competition Gran Coupe is a cooler car, by a margin, than the Competition coupe or convertible.

It's certainly a more stylish one, which will certainly contribute. Like the standard Gran Coupe, the M8 is 231mm longer than a standard 8 (now 5,098mm), with 200mm of that in the wheelbase. Identical to the two-door cars up to the A-pillar, the Gran Coupe is then, well, just sort of better from the windscreen back, swooping and tapering to an unmistakeably M rear end: four exhausts, broad haunches, loads of attitude. Note as well the roof, diffuser and rear spoiler made from carbon-reinforced plastic; a nominal nod to weight saving on a car this large, but they do look quite good. PH had the chance to look around the Gran Coupe at the launch of the M8, and any excitement around the pics is mostly deserved: it sits lower than a regular Gran Coupe, making it look even wider, and the M8 accoutrements - wheels, skirts, bumpers - arguably sit even better on the four-door car than the two-door one.


Elsewhere, it's by and large a wholesale transplant of the M8's vital components. The 625hp V8 is carried over, with 0-62mph possible in 3.2 seconds, along with the M xDrive four-wheel drive, eight-speed Steptronic automatic, M Servotronic steering, Active M Diff, the integrated baking system, the Nordschleife-tuned suspension etc, etc - you're probably up to speed by now. Still, given how well sorted the M8 seemed on first (brief) impression, a direct carry over shouldn't be seen as a bad thing.

To that end, and like the recently announced third generation of X5 and X6 M, the M8 Gran Coupe will come with additional oil coolers - plus an extra, smaller sump - for optimum operating temperature and reliable supply of oil "at all times". For avoidance of doubt, that means "from short journeys and urban driving to outings on the race track". For the Competition model that the UK will receive (some markets will be offered a 600hp, 'regular' M8 as well), the Gran Coupe gets stiffer engine mounts, more negative camber at the front and ball joints in place of rubber mounts on the rear toe links, all in the name of "even more pronounced track focus." While the M8 proved pleasingly adept on circuit, it would surely be a very brave owner risking their GC on a track day - let's wait and see...

At 2,055kg with a driver the M8 Competition four-door is 95kg heavier than the coupe, and will get its own calibration of chassis systems to "be adjusted for individual levels of comfort without having to compromise their extremely sporty character." The interior is carried over for good or for bad from the M8 Coupe, with the two rear seats supplemented by a third chair "suitable for use on short journeys." The boot can hold 440 litres, and occupants are promised "the characteristic racing flavour of M models with a feeling of abundant space and luxury."


Sold? One more thing to consider. There's going to be an M8 Gran Coupe First Edition, of which there will be just 400. While there aren't pictures yet, it sounds very similar to the stunning M8 Gran Coupe Concept, painted Individual Diamond Green metallic with Gold Bronze bits for the badges, gills and wheels. It's finished off, naturally, with a Taruma Brown interior - nice. Expect those to go quickly.

There's no word yet on First Edition availability in the UK, though a regular M8 Gran Coupe can be ordered from today for Β£120,935. Handily enough, a Panamera Turbo is Β£116,509 and an AMG GT 63 4-door is Β£121,415 - a very exciting triple test is already forming...














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Discussion

TheOrangePeril

Original Poster:

366 posts

126 months

Wednesday 9th October
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It's growing on me, but the rear 3/4 still looks a bit blobby and out of proportion...

It's no M6 Gran Coupe...

Phil Dicky

5,741 posts

209 months

Wednesday 9th October
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Would have thought pics of the back seat were important in one of these, seems a strange omission.

Ruskins

204 posts

67 months

Wednesday 9th October
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Wow! BMW have really thought of everything now they have an integrated baking system - what types of cake can you get?

untakenname

2,298 posts

138 months

Wednesday 9th October
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Outside of Germany how many purchasers will ever use the full 625hp?
Very rarely will you see someone under 50 in these uber quick luxo barges so would be interesting to see the insurance statistics for these types of cars as with that much power the ability to lose control (or your licence) must be quite high.

HighwayStar

2,554 posts

90 months

Wednesday 9th October
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untakenname said:
Outside of Germany how many purchasers will ever use the full 625hp?
Very rarely will you see someone under 50 in these uber quick luxo barges so would be interesting to see the insurance statistics for these types of cars as with that much power the ability to lose control (or your licence) must be quite high.
Same for anything with the same power and even more performance. There's plenty of YouTube stuff of people in Mclarens, Ferraris etc. driving in ways that were clearly going to end in tears. It's the driver at the end of the day.

E65Ross

23,140 posts

158 months

Wednesday 9th October
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untakenname said:
Outside of Germany how many purchasers will ever use the full 625hp?
Very rarely will you see someone under 50 in these uber quick luxo barges so would be interesting to see the insurance statistics for these types of cars as with that much power the ability to lose control (or your licence) must be quite high.
Depending on the roads you drive, believe it or not, quite frequently. But having 600+ bhp doesn't mean you have to use it all the time, it makes for very rapid progress without having to rev the nuts off of the thing.

Kolbenkopp

1,783 posts

97 months

Wednesday 9th October
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The obnoxious new grille almost looks OK on this one I think. Funky colour as well. Shame they could not leave the rear bumper alone, somebody just had to give it the dent + crease treatment.

But does it matter much? 2 tonne AWD "Competition" barge -> oxymoron.

matrignano

2,198 posts

156 months

Wednesday 9th October
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The First Edition can be seen here: https://www.bmw.co.uk/en/all-models/m-models/m8-gr...

Also for pictures of the rear seats, just go to the regular 8 series Gran Coupe page on BMW UK's website. The configurator is up

GTEYE

1,411 posts

156 months

Wednesday 9th October
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E65Ross said:
untakenname said:
Outside of Germany how many purchasers will ever use the full 625hp?
Very rarely will you see someone under 50 in these uber quick luxo barges so would be interesting to see the insurance statistics for these types of cars as with that much power the ability to lose control (or your licence) must be quite high.
Depending on the roads you drive, believe it or not, quite frequently. But having 600+ bhp doesn't mean you have to use it all the time, it makes for very rapid progress without having to rev the nuts off of the thing.
You could say exactly the same about a 300 PS hot hatch, if you try and use anything like all of it, you’ll be over any speed limit in the land within a few seconds, and then either backing off, or being an idiot.

miscfiles

6 posts

22 months

Wednesday 9th October
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Apologies for the 'mum comment', but that's a fantastic colour.

joe1145

159 posts

67 months

Wednesday 9th October
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miscfiles said:
Apologies for the 'mum comment', but that's a fantastic colour.
Agree. The world needs more purple cars

BFleming

1,373 posts

89 months

Wednesday 9th October
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Phil Dicky said:
Would have thought pics of the back seat were important in one of these, seems a strange omission.
The journalist's cheat sheet:

SturdyHSV

6,509 posts

113 months

Wednesday 9th October
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Are those relatively normal sized wheels that thus look a little small in some shots, or is it just very large and dwarfs them even though they're 21 inch or something?

Aside from that, that's actually quite alright looking I think, or it's growing on me.

PHMatt

603 posts

94 months

Wednesday 9th October
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SturdyHSV said:
Are those relatively normal sized wheels that thus look a little small in some shots, or is it just very large and dwarfs them even though they're 21 inch or something?

Aside from that, that's actually quite alright looking I think, or it's growing on me.
They look huge to me

ZX10R NIN

15,267 posts

71 months

Wednesday 9th October
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These look better than the two door which is just wrong imo.

sidesauce

1,040 posts

164 months

Wednesday 9th October
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joe1145 said:
miscfiles said:
Apologies for the 'mum comment', but that's a fantastic colour.
Agree. The world needs more purple cars
Seconded. My first car almost 20 years ago was a Merlin Purple Audi TT convertible. I loved the colour!

Carl_Manchester

5,400 posts

208 months

Wednesday 9th October
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SturdyHSV said:
Are those relatively normal sized wheels that thus look a little small in some shots, or is it just very large and dwarfs them even though they're 21 inch or something?

Aside from that, that's actually quite alright looking I think, or it's growing on me.
there is a reason why these cars are pictured without references to scale, as the car is about the size of wales and weights about the same, the wheels will be big enough to bolt onto a JCB.

GreatScott2016

12 posts

34 months

Wednesday 9th October
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Not a fan, it might be quick and comfortable but I just don’t see the point of these over sized coupe / saloon models. BMW also have a major design flaw in their current range, not good imo.

Arsecati

309 posts

63 months

Thursday
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How in the name of jehovah can BMW make such absolute hideous mutant wrecks like the new 7-series or X7, but then also come up with something like this alongside them? I'm far from a fan of BMW, but I think this is one hell of a handsome car.

DanBMW

194 posts

130 months

Thursday
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"There's no word yet on First Edition availability in the UK"

I beleive there's only 4 or 5 of these coming to the UK.