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It Has Arrived: 2020 BMW M8

Posted by Courtney Lewis on 2019 Jun 10th

This year, on June 4th, the world was introduced to the very first BMW M8 Coupe production car. When rumor first started, the 8 Series had not yet been given an M Division aside from the one-off prototype M8 that was tested in the early 90s. The first rendition M8 was never released as a production car because its power output was considered too extreme for the average consumer. Hence why it has taken over 20 years to finally see a production BMW M8 Coupe. This is definitely a time that BMW enthusiasts have been long awaiting.

The 2020 BMW M8 Coupe is based on a standard 8 Series and amped up to the max. The M8 is powered by a 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 that is capable of making 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. These figures are the same as the standard BMW F90 M5 because the engines are similar. BMW claims that the 2020 BMW M8 Coupe can go from 0-60 mph (100 km/h) in 3.3 seconds. The BMW M8 Competition is set to be the companies' flagship performance vehicle and according to BMW, it will achieve 625 hp and the same 553 ft-lb of torque. This power boost is said to improve the 0-60 the time by one-tenth, bringing it to 3.2 seconds. BMW also chose to pair that twin-turbo, V8 powerhouse with a ZF-sourced automatic transmission.

As for the drivetrain, the BMW M8 gets the advanced xDrive all-wheel-drive system and splits most of the power to the rear wheels until power is needed in the front wheels. The all-wheel-drive system also works in combination with the Active M Differential, which is standard equipment at the rear axle. The Active M Differential is capable of locking anywhere from 0-100 percent which is done within milliseconds and essential for keeping the back end under control. BMW has also enhanced the xDrive all-wheel-drive system by giving drivers the ability to switch into ‘4WD Sport’ for a sportier ride.

The BMW M8 also uses an integrated braking system, in order to eliminate pedal feel/pressure changes while delivering more precise braking power. This two-mode brake-by-wire setup is a vacuum-free brake booster that uses an electric actuator for apply brake pressure This was all done to provide constant feedback through the pedals, even during high lateral loads or in wet conditions. The brake system also has two modes which provide different levels of pedal feel and pressure. These modes include Sport and Comfort and can be changed by the driver at any time. This system also includes a set of massive 395-millimeter rotors with six-piston fixed calipers at the front. At the back is a set of 380-millimeter rotors with single-piston floating calipers. M Carbon Ceramic brakes are optional and 400-millimeter rotors on the front and 380-millimeter on the rear.

The BMW M8 has also received updates that include new seats with thicker bolsters, a new leather-wrapped shift knob with red contrast stitching and buttons accented with red. The exterior is long and sleek while still retaining the very familiar BMW form. The price is currently set at $133,000 for the M8 Coupe and $146,000 for the M8 Competition. While the 2020 M8 Convertible is listed at $142,500 with the M8 Competition Convertible at $155,500. Inside and out, the new 2020 BMW M8 is sure to make a statement and turn some heads.