Rev Hungry V8 Powers BMW M8 Competition Models

BMW’s tuning shop, BMW M, has made its first luxury sports model in the shape of the new BMW M8 Competition Coupé and Convertible.

Both boast a high-revving 620bhp twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 gasoline power plant which, with some 553ft-lbs of torque, claim a 0-62mph sprint time of just 3.2 seconds on the way to a limited top speed of 155mph, albeit this rises to 189 mph if the optional M Driver’s Package is chosen. It employs two turbochargers, cross-bank exhaust manifolds, direct injection with increased pressure, plus cooling and oil supply systems designed for driving at engine rpm limits on race tracks.

As an indication of its circuit focus, maximum power is produced at 6,000rpm while maximum torque comes in at just 200rpm below. Despite the performance, average fuel consumption is claimed at 25.4mpg (21.51mpg US) with CO2 emissions of 253 g/km. Transmission features an eight-speed M Steptronic automatic gearbox channelled to the road through the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system.

Naturally, engine sound is a vital element for the track-day enthusiast so the M8 boasts a soundtrack courtesy of a model-specific exhaust system that features twin 4-inch tailpipes. The acoustic character also changes according to the set up selected by the driver who can dial down the engine’s impact using the M Sound Control button on the center console.

The all-new BMW M8 Coupé and Convertible is on sale from now with prices starting from £123,435 ($162,500) including taxes.

— Paul Myles is a seasoned automotive journalist based in London. Follow him on Twitter @Paulmyles_


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