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BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp

BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp
BMW M8 Gran Coupe lands with 625hp

Mighty BMW M8 Gran Coupe flagship offered in 625hp Competition guise.

So, no sooner have we been getting to grips with the regular models of BMW's elegant new flagship, the 8 Series Gran Coupe, than we have the full-fat grand-daddy of them all: the M8 Gran Coupe. This is a four-door high-performance machine for those who find the M5 a bit too staid on the visuals front.

Two versions: 600- or 625hp

Like the M5 itself, the M8 will be produced in 600hp 'regular' form or as a 625hp Competition version; this is a similar pattern to that seen on the recently announced X5 M and X6 M.

Either way, the M8 Gran Coupe delivers 750Nm of torque to go with its two spec-dependent outputs, all courtesy of M Division's 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol powerplant. As on all of the cars mentioned above, drive goes to all corners courtesy of BMW's M xDrive system (with three modes: 4WD; 4WD Sport; and, of course, 2WD with deactivated DSC, which is only for the brave and on track). The M8's mighty power and torque figures are sent to the wheels via an M Steptronic eight-speed automatic gearbox, all of the above allowing the 600hp M8 Gran Coupe to hit 100km/h from rest in 3.3 seconds, while the M8 Competition Gran Coupe manages a 3.2-second run. No top speed has yet been specified but expect the 250km/h limiter as standard, with the option to raise to 305km/h as part of the M Driver's Package (as seen on the M5).

Carbon-fibre roof

Distinguishing an M8 Gran Coupe shouldn't be too hard. It has the usual quad exhaust pipes, as well as a huge gloss-black diffuser inlay in the rear bumper. A black spoiler perches on the lip of the boot lid, while around the sides are 21-inch M light-alloy multi-spoke wheels and M compound brakes. Up top is a carbon-fibre roof, while at the front are gaping air intakes, Black Chrome kidney grilles, subtle M8 badging and BMW Laserlight lamps. Meanwhile, an Active M Differential, M optimised suspension with adaptive dampers and M Servotronic steering complete the technical make-up, aiming to ensure the M8 Gran Coupe handles as well as it goes in a straight line.

Inside, it's the usual plush BMW 8 Series interior, enlivened by a smattering of M details. An M leather steering wheel with two red M configuration buttons, M-specific displays for both the head-up information and the infotainment system, M Sport seats with illuminated M8 badging and M tricolour-striped seatbelts, plus a newly designed selector lever for the eight-speed M Steptronic gearbox are all additions to the cabin.

Please note that only the Competition version of the M8 Gran Coupe will be offered on the Irish market.


Published on October 8, 2019
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