2020 BMW M8 Premieres In Coupe, Convertible, And Competition Forms

The long-awaited BMW M8 has premiered and not only has it debuted in Coupe form, but BMW has also presented the M8 Convertible, M8 Coupe Competition and M8 Convertible Competition.

Found beneath the hood of the ‘standard’ M8 Coupe and M8 Convertible models is a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 from the M5 and pumping out 592 hp and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque. BMW has increased grunt from this engine to 617 hp for use in the M8 Coupe Competition and M8 Convertible Competition.

All M8 models come outfitted with an advanced xDrive all-wheel drive system mated to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission. The standard M8 duo are capable of accelerating from a standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a blistering 3.3 seconds (Coupe) and 3.4 seconds (Convertible). The Competition models are a touch more accelerative with the Coupe needing 3.2 seconds to hit 62 mph and the Convertible requiring 3.3 seconds.

The all-wheel drive system of the M8 family incorporates an Active M differential and includes two normal driving modes; 4WD and 4WD Sport. If drivers deactivate the Dynamic Stability Control, they can select a 2WD mode which sends all of the power through the rear wheels.

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BMW is particularly proud of the M8’s suspension setup with M-specific Adaptive dampers and electromechanical M Servotronic steering coming standard. The car’s Dynamic Stability Control system offers an M Dynamic mode which allows for a greater level of wheel slip. Other important elements of the car’s chassis setup include a steel X-brace and aluminum transverse strut at the rear axle, beefed-up anti-roll bars, and a rigid sheer panel with integrated side sill connections at the front end.

Included across all M8 models, whether customers opt for the M carbon ceramic brakes or not, is the marque’s integrated braking system which brings the brake activation, brake booster, and braking control functions into a compact module. Drivers can choose between two pedal feels, one which is better suited to comfortable driving while the other provides a direct and instantaneous pedal feel.

All models come loaded with standard features in their respective cabins, including a Head-Up Display, Driving Assistant, Parking Assistant, and the BMW Live Cockpit Professional. There is also an M mode button on the center console which allows drivers to opt between Road and Sport settings in the regular M8 models and Road, Sport, and Track settings in the M8 Competition variants.

Prices for the BMW M8 Coupe start at $133,000 in the U.S. with the convertible to set customers back $142,500. The M8 Coupe Competition and Convertible Competition models are a tad pricier at $146,000 and $155,500 respectively.

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  • Bo Hanan

    Probably a dynamic drive, but………

    • SteersUright

      no way, its massively heavy. Prob fun in a straight line or long, sweeping corners. Can’t imagine its much fun on any tight backroad. Likely overpowered and intimidating for anything other than highway passing.

      • Leconte Dave

        Test drove the M850i . It was fun in the corners

  • Honda NSX-R

    And now I wait for the M8 Gran Coupe

    • Mr. EP9

      Damn. You beat me to it. But anyway, we already know they are working on one.

  • Clay Torque

    So basically they NSX’d it. Took a legendary name from their past know for it’s engaging drive and made it completely computer controlled. Brake by Bluetooth is no good

    • Enter Ranting

      “Bluetooth lost the connection.”

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    I just don’t feel the interior justifies the price. It looks like it comes straight from a 3 series.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      It’s a homage to the E31. Looks dated or less than special, sure, but at least it is unique? 😉

      • Stigasawuswrecks

        A Fiat Multipla’s interior is unique as well but it doesn’t mean we need to use it again.

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  • Greg Richards

    The back seats are a joke.

    • Ruel Lewis

      There will be a 4 door version.

      • Greg Richards

        I know about Gran Coupe but what are you meant to do if you want to seat four in the coupe or the cabriolet? The new 4 series cabriolet is going to have more room in the back than the 8 series cabriolet which doesn’t make any sense.

        • Ruel Lewis

          Most 2+2 coupes have horrible, near unusable rear seats so this car is not the first to have this issue. They’re are mostly for show.

          • StrangerGP

            Most, but not all. Mercedes S Class Coupe has way more space in the back plus it doesn’t have the B pillar which makes it easier to get in and out (and it’s brighter in the back).

          • Elpatore

            Yeah the S Coupe is FAR superior than this rebadged 5 series… I doubt any S Class owner would get in an 8er and think “hmmm I might get one of these…”

    • lagunas3ca

      That’s why it’s not called the ultimate backseat driving machine ffs.

  • I’d buy just to put a M6 badge on it.

    Lazy as hell, BMW.

    • ksegg


      This is still just a 6er to me.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      Lol. You’d be surprised how different they look in person.

  • PK

    I’d still would buy the S65 AMG Coupe over this!

  • Six Thousand Times

    They do a fantastic green. I’d hope you could spec an M8 in that.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    honesetly, i just don’t find this car to be striking. Is it handsome? Meh.. I’m positive it will drive well. But, just doesn’t do anytyihng for me. I think the S Class coupe is far better looking and stylish

  • Mr. EP9

    Nice M6 you got there BMW. Once the M8 Gran Coupe shows up you’ll just further prove that point.

  • SteersUright

    Not a fan. The 8-series is simply not a good looking car in the flesh. Very mundane, like a generic and less attractive Mustang. Yes, the Mustang is far better resolved a design than this in my opinion. BMW is struggling lately. They make cool cars but, I can’t think of a single model that is beautiful looking by any stretch. The new 3-series sedan probably has the best overall look/profile but, when examining design details, particularly up front, it falls apart for me. Only the X5 and X7 are reasonably handsome in their own right and have a design that works, if also a bit too generic.

    • MultiKdizzle

      > BMW is struggling lately.

      I agree, but the cars you hold up as handsome? X5 and X7, really..

      How about the 4 Series Coupe, imho one of the best resolved designs out of Munich ever.

      • exeptor

        It is subjective which design is good for one and bad for another, but I also vote for X7. Very well proportioned car, which hides its mass and size very good and not a single element (even the grille) which makes you “mehhh”. I’m amazed by this fact having in mind that SUVs are not my favourite type of vehicles. This says a lot about current BMW design.

    • exeptor

      I agree on all points. I’ve seen the 8-th in Frankfurt airport with all the proper lights … and it was not impressive at all. Don’t get me wrong it is a handsome car, proportions are fine, there is a nice mix of aggressiveness and style in the front, biu nothing that makes you wanna see this car again.

      About the 3rd series – I agree that by overall shape and proportions this is the BMW to own and drive, but when I saw it (and I almost missed it) in the traffic and man, it is a car that doesn’t stands at all (especially the rear) … and this is something that never happened before with BMW.

    • Stephen G

      From concept to ugly in under 5 months!

  • Leconte Dave

    The M850i was already insane. Don’t want to imagine the Competition…

  • MattyBoi

    In terms of looks, I think BMW absolutely nailed it. Compared to the M850i, this thing is basically its big daddy. The problem I have with it is that most M cars have kind of gotten a little lost in the plot. Most of them have four-wheel-drive so I am a little bit concerned that this car will get lost in the never-ending soup of AWD sedans and coupes

    • DMJ

      I see your point. But you can put it in RWD mode, if you want it the traditional way. Although all the reviewers say that in 4WD Sport mode you have all the fun with easier control.
      (I’m talking about the M5)

  • Porkopolis

    I still don’t like the 8-series, even in M form. The rear end always looks lower than the hood, and the greenhouse looks tiny compared to the bathtub upon which it rests.

    The 850CSi was a favorite growing up, but I’d pass on this (if I actually had that kind of spending money).

  • Elpatore

    I think the fact that BMW just rebadged the 6 series into this just so they can charge more but not improving on the quality of the 5 series Is unforgivable, don’t get me wrong the M550i ( $75k) series is a GREAT car, but its not worth the $111k price tag of the M”8″50i (which is basically the same car). It amazes me how much cheaper it looks in person (inside and out) than a 7 series, which makes the whole alphanumeric thing BMW has, worthless. I really dislike this car, If it was called M6 (as it should be) I would be deeply in love with it, but I can’t stop seeing it as a scam… sad :/

  • Enter Ranting

    It’s almost as over-styled as a Pontiac Trans Am. The paper towel door padding is nice though…

  • No.

  • ksegg

    Can someone remind me why the 8 was brought back to replace the 6, which was a bastardized 2 door 5?

    Does anyone other than Porsche even know WTF they’re even doing when they wake up and go to work anymore?

    • Octane

      By calling it the 8, they move it upmarket and they charge more for it. As far as the M8, I want to see how Lexus will respond with the LC-F, if they will even bring it out in a timely manner.

      The 6 as we all know was the coupe version of the 5, but going back to the e24, it was the replacement for the E9 Coupe.

      The e31 8 was pretty much a coupe version of 7 series, and used the same V8 and V12.

  • Vassilis

    Although not particularly a fan of modern BMW design, the coupe does something to me. I kind of like it.

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