BMW M8 Gran Coupe revealed: Australian debut set for 2020

Ceria Alfonso
Octubre 10, 2019

You knew it was coming.

Of course, the M8 Gran Coupe gets a number of visual upgrades, too. The blue and white have actually made a decision to kick off the M8 Gran Coupe's production with a First Edition model.

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. This setup enables the M8 Gran Coupe to rocket from 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 km/h) in 3.3 seconds, before hitting a limited top speed of up to 190 miles per hour (305 km/h) when equipped with the optional M Driver's Package. These boost the front rotor size to 15.7 inches and should provide increased resistance to fade and wear - a good thing on a big, fast auto.

The rear spoiler, rear apron and diffuser have all been replaced with carbon fibre elements. BMW's carbon fibre roof reduces the centre of gravity. The BMW M8 Gran Coupe also features the same Live Cockpit infotainment setup found elsewhere in the range. Based on the Competition model, the First Edition cars will be finished in Individual Diamant Green Metallic, a color exclusive to this limited edition model.

Power is derived from the familiar 4.4-litre turbocharged V8 engine with 460kW and 750Nm in Competition form. On the rear axle, BMW M has fitted its torque vectoring M Active rear differential, which is able to shuffle power to either of the rear wheels depending on conditions and the selected driver mode.

BMW says the 840i reaches 62 miles per hour in 5.2 seconds, while the xDrive model does it in 4.9 seconds. Buyers looking for more velocity can option the M Driver's package, which increases the top speed to 190 miles per hour and includes M School driver training at one of BMW's two Performance Driving Schools. A button, the M Sound Control button, allows the driver to soften the exhaust note. There's also a high-performance braking system and optional carbon-ceramic brakes.

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From the front seat forward, the 8 Series Gran Coupe is nearly identical to the coupe.

In terms of styling, the front end carries over from the coupe and convertible. At the back, the anti-roll bars and forged links of the five-link rear axle are stiffened. Likewise, there's a steel X-brace and an aluminum transverse strut to beef things up in the rear.

As for the 2020 M8 Gran Coupe, that will be priced from $130,000 plus $995 destination. It is described as offering a "linear build-up of transverse loads" and "neutral steering behaviour". Chassis tweaks include stiffer engine mounts, a new rear sway bar and new front springs.

The M-specific adaptive suspension includes a set of electronically controlled dampers with a choice of Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus settings. Automatic boot lid operation and a BMW Display Key are also standard equipment. BMW's Connected and Connected Drive services are standard. It also includes driver training at one of BMW's Performance Centers in SC or California.

The M8 will compete against the AMG-GT 4-Door and Porsche Taycan for "Ring supremacy and well-heeled buyers" wallets. In 63 S 4MATIC+ trim, it produces 630 hp, 900 Nm of torque and reaches 100 km/h in exactly the same time.

BMW has high expectations for the M8 performance lineup.

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