The BMW M6 was a great sporty grand tourer but it has been replaced by a more luxurious, more powerful and better car overall. This car is the new M8 and is 0made its dynamic debut at Goodwood last week in range-topping Competition form.
Apart from the customary run up the hillclimb, the following video also provides a more in-depth look at the car. Call it a mini-review if you will, although one taking place from the passenger seat, with a few interesting observations made, like the sonorous exhaust and brutal acceleration.
The M8 is the most powerful M car ever, with its 4.4-liter, twin-turbo V8 producing an impressive 625 PS (616 hp / 460 kW) in the Competition, and 600 PS (592 hp / 441 kW) in the ‘regular’ model, while the peak torque of 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) is available between 1,800 and 5,600 rpm. The M8 Coupe Competition needs a staggering (for a car of this size…) 3.2 seconds to reach 100 km/h (62 mph), and the Convertible can do it in 3.3 seconds – add one tenth for the normal versions respectively.
The all-wheel drive system is not the one used in other Bimmers, but it’s been developed by the M Division and offers three different modes. Apart from 4WD and 4WD Sport, should the driver wish so, they deactivate the DSC completely and select the 2WD mode, which turns the M8 into rear-wheel drive only. You know, for the kid in you who just wants to have fun.
This was the selected setting for the car demonstrated on the Goodwood course, and it did create a massive haze of tire smoke, as the super GT struggled for traction all the way up to 4th gear.