Cars BMW M8 Competition Coupe 2020 UK review

13:07  28 april  2020
13:07  28 april  2020 Source:   autocar.co.uk

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You are here. Car reviews ›. BMW M 8 Competition Coupe 2020 UK review . This feels like the ‘right’ M 8 to me. The Coupé , here driven in the UK for the first time. It’s smaller and lighter than a four door Gran Coupé and less floppy than a Convertible .

Опубликовано: 7 янв. 2020 г. The new models derive their performance from the most powerful engine ever developed for a BMW M GmbH car: a The performance-focused character of the engine and transmission enables the BMW M 8 Competition Coupe to sprint from zero to 62 mph in 3.2 seconds

What is it?

This feels like the ‘right’ M8 to me. The Coupé, here driven in the UK for the first time. It’s smaller and lighter than a four door Gran Coupé and less floppy than a Convertible.And two fewer doors than an M5, with which this large ‘M’ platform otherwise shares a good amount – the same 616bhp 4.4-litre V8 and automatic four-wheel drive. Which can also be put into rear-drive. Goody. BMW’s big platform underpins 5, 7 and 8 Series but the M8 Coupé has a shorter wheelbase than the M5, sits 10mm lower and is firmly sprung to keep hold of its 1885kg.There’s a 38mm wider rear track and, underneath, subframes are more firmly attached to the shell – so this is a more rigid car; more suited, you’d argue, to being a super-GT.That, and its price, plus the fact that it’s the fastest BMW ever, gives it a vast array of rivals; everything from a Porsche 911 to a Bentley Continental GT, via the Mercedes-AMG GT, Audi R8 and even McLaren GT.In essence, it’s a 2+2 that’s meant to do everything. A daily car designed to entertain, up to and including going on a race track. With a 0-62mph time of 3.2sec, a (delimited) top speed of 190mph and optional carbon-ceramic brakes, it has the credentials for a track, though I think an M8 Competition (there’s a less hardcore non-Competition one available overseas) would be surprised to find its owner had taken it to one.

What is it like?

Inside, the M8 is thoroughly well finished; sumptuous and comfortable but with a bewildering array of driving mode controls, as if BMW and Mercedes-AMG are competing to see which can create this year’s most baffling cabin.

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The new models derive their performance from the most powerful engine ever developed for a BMW M GmbH car: a high-revving V8 unit with M TwinPower Turbo

Familiarity helps a little and there are two red buttons on a busy steering wheel to programme your preferred modes. I suspect after a few weeks of trial and error you’ll find one that works as your base mode and another for occasional faster driving.

The M8, despite its girth, is more impressive during the faster stuff. As well as the 616bhp, the engine makes a flat 553bhp figure all the way from 1800-5800rpm. At a test track, the car’s inherent pace was evident. It doesn’t feel quite as urgent as its headline acceleration time suggests but I think that’s down to the soft, big-boosting nature of its performance. It grips brilliantly, starts to slide and then has the security of four-wheel drive to pull it straight easily (or, in rear-drive mode, it has all the scope you need to murder the rear tyres in short order).

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The 2020 BMW M 8 Offers Up to 617 HP. Even the regular 8-series can be had with up to 523 horses, 23 more than the E60 M5 The M 8 coupe starts at 4,995. The base price for an M 8 Competition is 7,995. The car we tested is about as expensive as you can make an M 8 —or any BMW other

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On the road, the M8 is an agreeable companion. Unlike most of its rivals, you can, at least, get a couple of people in the back (they’ll complain less than they would in a 911, though wouldn’t want to be there too long) while there’s a decent boot, too.

But for practicality, which could be a deal breaker, the M8 doesn’t have the ride deftness of the best GT cars. A 911 is no less comfortable, although it is less spacious and noisy. But it drives with so much more agility and poise you’d forgive it that one thing, given the BMW doesn’t pull out a strong comfort advantage.

In fact, the lesser 850i is a more pleasing every-day car, a better GT that’s more comfortable and has no little poise itself. As speeds rise, the M8 Competition doesn’t truly satisfy like a sports car to set it apart from this or its rivals, either.

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Should I buy one?

It lacks the steering feel of a 911 or the agility of an R8, or the brute muscle car character of a Mercedes-AMG GT.

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2020 BMW M 8 Competition Convertible - Drive, Interior and Exterior. Color: Brands Hatch Grey. The high-revving V8 unit with M TwinPower Turbo technology develops 600 hp in the new BMW M 8 Coupe and new BMW M 8 Convertible, and 625 hp in the Competition models.

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I like it a lot in isolation but, when it comes to it, would sign elsewhere.

BMW M8 Competition Coupé specification

Where Surrey, UK Price £123,435 On sale now Engine V8, 4395cc, turbocharged, petrol Power 616bhp at 6000rpm Torque 553lb ft at 1800-5800rpm Gearbox 8-spd automatic Kerb weight 1885kg Top speed 155mph (190mph delimited) 0-62mph 3.2sec Fuel economy 25.4mpg CO2, tax band 242g/km, 37% Rivals Audi R8, Mercedes AMG GT

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