This year’s Frankfurt Motor Show has marked the premieres of numerous innovative all-electric cars and bold new hypercars, but even among such exalted company, the BMW M8 Competition manages to stand out.
The Bavarian automaker first showed the new M8 Competition back in June before the car made a scintillating live appearance at the Goodwood Festival of Speed. The example in Frankfurt is painted in a truly phenomenal shade of matte blue that suits it nicely.
It may have an old school powertrain compared to other cars launched in Frankfurt, some of them by BMW itself, but is all the better for it.
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The M8 has so far been revealed in Coupe and Convertible guise, in standard and Competition spec, and in November’s LA Auto Show the Gran Coupe will complete the range.
All variants are powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 delivering 592 HP and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque in the base model, and 617 HP in the Competition (torque remains the same). The sprint to 62 mph (100 km/h) is dealt with in 3.3 seconds for the Coupe and 3.4 seconds for the Convertible, and 3.2/3.3 seconds respectively for their Competition versions.
BMW is adamant the M8 is so good it doesn’t need a dedicated supercar in its range, as its range-topping grand tourer offers anything its customers could want. It sports an Active M differential with all-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive modes, M-specific Adaptive dampers, M Servotronic steering and BMW’s integrated braking system that offers two levels of pedal feel.