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After felt 1.000 teasers and leaks, BMW has finally presented the M8 Competition Coupe and the technically identical convertible. Above the M850i xDrive, there are now two strong brothers! Visually, the M8 is once again aggressive. Main features include larger air intakes in the apron, the typical M-Performance kidneys, new exterior mirrors and large gills in the fenders. At the rear of the four large M tailpipes are wrapped in the M8 Competition in black. In addition a new rear skirt with diffuser insert and a small spoiler on the boot lid of the Competition model, as well as the M8 lettering, shines in black. There are also technical highlights such as the particularly sporty M chassis (Adaptive suspension with electronically controlled dampers) or variable-ratio electromechanical rack-and-pinion steering. And it gets even sportier with the optional Carbon package, Then the inserts of the front air intakes, the mirror caps, the gills in the fenders, the spoiler lip on the tailgate and the diffuser are held in the noble Sichtcarbon.
a lot of carbon and leather in the interior
As expected, the steering wheel known from the M5, including the distinctive M buttons, is installed in the cabin and, of course, lots of carbon. The red start button and the gear selector lever with leather cover and the stamped M logo are striking. The driver and front passenger sit on newly developed sports seats with integrated headrests that even have illuminated M8 lettering. While the regular M8 comes with Merino leather upholstery as standard, the Competition is only available with full leather upholstery. However, a two-tone leather-Alcantara variant can also be ordered here on request. The infotainment system, on the other hand, is largely known. The new BMW Operating System 8 with two large screens is built into the M7.0. The larger one measures 12,3 inches and sits behind the steering wheel and the smaller one is the 10,25 inch central display that can also be operated by voice (“Hey BMW”) and gestures. A new display and control system has been installed in the M8 for the first time. It is controlled with two additional buttons on the center console. The set-up button configures different driving modes for the engine, steering, chassis, brakes and M all-wheel drive, and the second button activates the familiar M mode. With it, the displays and driver assistance systems are trimmed for sport with up to three modes.
first installed: adjustable M-brake in the M8
And also the recently introduced adjustable M-Bremse celebrates its premiere in the M8. It combines high braking comfort and enables the exact dosage of the brake effect. The standard equipment, however, includes almost everything that costs in the M850i surcharge. These include comfort access, adaptive LED headlights, the BMW Display Key, wireless smartphone charging, a head-up display with special M displays, the Driving Assistant and the automatic parking system. Optionally available are the active cruise control with stop-and-go function and the extended Driving Assistant Professional, This allows a partially autonomous driving of the M8. Ex factory, the first M8 Coupe on 20 forged wheels with 275 / 35 Michelin Schlappen front and 285 / 35 behind. Of course, there are more cast and forged wheels in different designs and surfaces available. The Competition is, like the M5, on 20-Zoll-Alus in star-spoke design.
at least 600 PS in the BMW M8 Coupe & Cabrio
In any case, the heart of the M8 is the S63B44Tx 4,4-liter V8 BiTurbo under the hood. In the "normal" M8, the petrol engine is 600 hp and in the competition model 625 hp fall on all 4 wheels. Both variants have the maximum torque of 750 Nm and that also applies to the eight-speed M-Steptronic. And at the push of a button, the all-wheel drive is deactivated in the M8 and the 8 Series is then on the road with pure rear-wheel drive. With xDrive the coupe goes from 3,3 to 0 km / h in 100 seconds and the convertible takes 3,4 seconds. After just 10,8 seconds, the 200 km / h sound barrier is broken (convertible 11,3 seconds) and only the M8 Competition Coupé can top that. This creates the disciplines in 3,2 seconds and 10,6. The competition convertible takes just a blink of an eye longer at 3,3 and 11,1 seconds. However, all models drive at the factory at 250 km / h and can be increased to 305 km / h with the optional M Driver's Package. And always on board is a successful soundscape thanks to the flap exhaust which is built into the competition model as a complete M sports exhaust system for an extra charge.
Photos: M-GmbH (+ M Performance Parts)
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BMW M8 Competition Coupe F93
BMW M8 Competition Convertible F91
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