BMW M8 Gran Coupe revealed: Australian debut set for 2020

Joanna Estrada
October 9, 2019

BMW has just whipped the covers off its M8 Gran Coupe, as well as its "Competition" variant, both designed for those who seek the ludicrous performance of the M8 in a more passenger-friendly format.

For that much, the M8 Gran Coupe will be equipped with a potent 4.4-liter twin-turbo S63 V-8 that makes at least 600 hp and 553 pound-feet of torque driving all four wheels via an 8-speed automatic transmission.

Despite being 95kg heavier than the two-door M8s, these Gran Coupes actually match their siblings from 0-100km/h, with the standard model taking 3.3 seconds and the Competition managing 3.2s. The M8's optional Driving Assistance Package comes with active blind-spot detection, lane-departure warning, a surround-view camera, drive recorder, parking assistant, active park distance control, rear cross-traffic alert and speed limit information. It also takes into account navigation data, so that it won't upshift between two close corners.

From the front seat forward, the 8 Series Gran Coupe is nearly identical to the coupe. Drift mode? You betcha. Wider flanks increase the rear track to 65.4 inches (1.5 inches wider than the normal Gran Coupe), and sharper lines provide the vehicle with a greater presence. Most of the extra length goes into the wheelbase - 7.9-inches, in fact - and predominantly in the name of improving rear seat comfort.

The increase in size comes at a surprisingly reasonable penalty in weight - just 185 pounds, according to BMW, for a total curb weight of 4,480 pounds.

Underneath it all there's a retuned chassis system. These are paired with Adaptive M suspension as standard, which gets stiffened up on Competition package cars.

M compound brakes with drilled, ventilated discs - 395 mm at the front, 380 mm at the rear - are standard, with fixed, six-piston calipers up-front and floating, single-piston calipers at the back. M Carbon ceramic brakes are optional. CFRP for the mirror caps, rear spoiler and aerodynamic diffuser, as well as the air intakes up front level up the aggressive elegance of the M8 Gran Coupe. Icon Adaptive LED Headlights with Laserlight are standard too, either side of an active grille, while at the rear there's a quad-exhaust system with adjustable sound. The front uses a double-wishbone design, while the rear uses five-link geometry. Ambient lighting is standard.

On the tech side, frontal collision warnings with city collision mitigation is standard. It also includes driver training at one of BMW's Performance Centers in SC or California. It's controlled through the 12.3-inch Live Cockpit Professional driver display and a 10.25-inch center touchscreen, via a new iDrive controller with haptic feedback, cloud-based voice control, and gesture control. These include M Sport seats, an M leather steering wheel and a unique gear selector. There's also wireless charging for your phone and WiFi hotspot.

And because the AMG costs 14.99 million baht in Thai showrooms, the M8 Gran Coupe shouldn't cost more if BMW Thailand is interested in adding some colour to its Thai lineup of M cars. All this power allows the Gran Coupe to hit 60 miles per hour just as quickly as the two-door model at 3.1 seconds for the regular M8 and 3.0 seconds for the Competition. Only 400 will be made worldwide.

Edmunds Senior Reviews Editor Mark Takahashi had the enviable task of evaluating the M8 coupe and convertible on the roads in Portugal as well as on the track at the Portimao circuit.

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