2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe Is For Those Who Find The M5 Understated (Updated)

The 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe is back on our radar with a new sighting, this time in the most appropriate place for a BMW M car: the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Check out the new photos in the gallery. (Update 3/28/2019)

We’ve come across new photos of 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe prototypes undergoing winter testing, including a U.S.-spec model carrying a strange device on the roof. We’ve added the new images to the gallery below. (Update 2/14/2019)

Less than a year after its debut in concept form at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, the BMW M8 Gran Coupe has been spotted in the wild. The good news is that the production model sticks as close as possible to the stunning study from a design standpoint. Naturally, unlike the study it does have door handles and normal-sized side mirrors but not much seems to have been lost in the transition from design study to production car.

Oh, the irony: BMW M8 Gran Coupe passing in front of a billboard for its main rival, the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door Coupe

The bumpers adopt a similar appearance to those of the Concept M8 Gran Coupe although they do seem to have been toned down for production; the vertical vents in the rear bumper are gone, as are the vertical air intakes in the front bumper. Apparently, the fender vents had to go too and that’s a shame.

Other than that, chances are the production M8 Gran Coupe will indeed be a performance beast. The beefy brakes and typical quad exhaust pipes hint at some serious power, as do the big wheels, which don’t look that big on the massive body by the way.

While there are no photos of the interior yet, you already know what it will look like if you have taken a peek inside the new BMW 8 Series. Sure, the cabin will be spiced up with M Division touches, but the overall layout will remain unchanged.

More than 600 hp from a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8, standard M xDrive AWD system

The four-door M8 will use the same 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 gasoline engine as the M8 Coupe and Convertible and the standard M xDrive AWD system with full RWD mode. BMW said the unit will have more than 591 hp (600 PS) on tap, so something around 625 PS (617 hp) looks likely. That’s what the same engine makes in the M5 Competition and it fits with M Division boss’ suggestions that the M8 will be more powerful than the M5.

We do know the regular M8 Coupe will come in a Competition version as well, which should offer even more power. We see no reason for the M8 Gran Coupe not to get such a version, too. Expect the BMW M8 Gran Coupe to debut at the end of this year or in early 2020, following the M8 Coupe and Convertible that should come this spring or summer at the latest.

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Photo credits: CarPix | S. Baldauf/SB-Medien for Carscoops

  • Alex Stoyanov

    A beast!

    • mm ds


      but do you think this car [2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe] is so expensive just because of that design and vice versa ?

      • Alex Stoyanov

        Well, think about what are the alternatives: Panamera? Sure but way more expensive if you want similar power. CLS AMG? More of a muscle car and not as good looking (in my opinion). Aston Martin Rapide? Sure – but it’s way too old and twice as expensive. Overal, I think it’s the best looking car in its class, the least expensive and will be almost as competitive as a Panamera Turbo. You gotta put it in the “win” column.

        • mm ds

          ok, i would bet at that BMW M8 Gran Coupe for this……….

          but surely does it claim that , this would be faster than AMG’s GT 63 S , or a just an almost similar speed of mclaren cars ? you’d gonna be kidding me

        • CBV2020

          The Panamera may not easily win in the front-end looks department when compared to these vehicles, but it surely tramples them with interior quality and the fact that it’s a Porsche which comes with a monster legacy experience!

  • no25

    Glad it won’t have the 7’s grille! Also, it looks better as a four-door than a two in my opinion

  • cbATL

    I was wondering when the new Dodge Charger was coming out.

  • Tinky-Winky

    Mmm, looking nice!

  • SteersUright

    This 4-door is definitely the 8-series to get!

    • john1168


  • Mr. EP9

    Knew it. Now all we need is a convertible to properly fill all the voids left by the M6.

    • Zandit75

      I’m pretty sure that has already been confirmed by BMW patent applications.

  • john1168

    I love it! This is the one I’d get. Interesting tire tread pattern…

  • Dicky Rogers

    The one reason it fails as an 8 series. The 8 was a grand tourer, plain and simple. It did one thing and it did it well, and it stood alone in the lineup.

    This thing just looks like a bloated mess. There’s no refinement. Too bulbous, too round.

  • Thunderbolt

    Next year there will be a SUV model X8

  • Salih Ahzem

    From profile one can see a hint of the current Mustang…

  • MarkoS

    Beautiful but big. I will holdout for the new 3 series Gran Coupe.

    • Philip George

      you’d be holding out for eternity. 3 series grand coupe does not exist!

      • MarkoS

        But Indeed it does under the 4 Series Badge, its still a 3 Series.

  • Kenneth Thornton

    Dodge Charger? Please….

  • Kenneth Thornton

    This is a grown man discussion…

  • SteersUright

    shaping up to be the prettiest car in its class, and perhaps the best looking modern BMW. Excited to see this car in its production form.

  • Ary Wisesa

    Why don’t they offer V12 or at least V10 to justify the “flagship” status of 8 Series? Even 7 Series has V12. Mercedes has V12 in AMG S65.

    • Darius Davis

      But does the Mercedes-AMG GT 63 have a V12?

      • Kushal Betgov

        LOL you got him good, the bmw 7 series also has a v12 so what are you trying to say?

  • nastinupe

    This is going to be a pretty car. I just wonder how large the back seat is going to be.

    • Astonman

      For some strange reason I prefer the looks of this to the 2 door coupe.

  • Kagan

    This one could be nicer than the coupé.

  • H.P. Loathecraft

    Looks good enough to eat, even with that ugly wrap.

  • Wandering_Spirit

    That stretched hatchback side makes it look really ugly. Like most newer BMWs minus a few models.

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