By Staff Reporter
BMW has taken covers off its new M8 Gran Coupé. The car sets itself apart with a standalone body design with M-specific features. These include large air intakes, BMW kidney grille with double bars, M gills on the side panels, aerodynamically optimised exterior mirrors, M Carbon Roof, rear spoiler and rear apron with diffuser elements and twin exhaust tailpipes. A BMW Individual Aurora Diamond Green metallic paint finish for the exterior with accents in Gold Bronze is also part of the offering.
Inside, standard equipment includes Adaptive LED Headlights with BMW Laserlight, M sports seats, M-specific BMW Head-Up Display, BMW Live Cockpit Professional with navigation system and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, Driving Assistant and Parking Assistant. A setup button on the centre console gives the driver direct access to the settings for the engine, dampers, steering, M xDrive and braking system. Two individually composed variants of the M Setup can be stored and called up using the M buttons on the steering wheel.
With a wheelbase that is 200 millimetres longer than the two-door BMW M8 models, BMW says this brings exceptional spaciousness to the rear compartment, and a third rear seat is available for short journeys.
The M8 is powered by a 4.4-liter V8 engine which makes 447 kW of power and 750 Nm of torque in the M8 Gran Coupé whilst the Competition makes 460 kW and has the same amount of torque. The M8 Gran Coupé will do the 0-100 km/h sprint in just 3.3 seconds, whilst the quicker Competition model will do it in 3.2 seconds. The engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission and sends power to all four wheels thanks to BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. Top speed is limited at km/h but those options for the M Driver’s package, can have this hiked to km/h.
The BMW M8 Gran Coupe First Edition (limited to 400 units globally) will be offered at launch. The M8 Competition is expected to touch down locally in the first quarter of 2020.
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