According to BMW, the range-topping M8 Competition Coupe can accelerate to 62 mph (100 km/h) in a stunning 3.2 seconds. Recent tests of the car indicate that it is even quicker than that.
While recently attending the media launch of the new BMW M8 at the Portimao circuit in southern Portugal, BMW Blog asked BMW Pro Driver Martin Tomczyk to perform two acceleration runs in an M8 Competition Coupe.
As the video below shows, Tomczyk pinned the throttle in the first of two runs and was able to hit 62 mph in just 2.88 seconds, a figure usually reserved for the planet’s most expensive and exclusive supercars. That’s not all as the same car only needed 9.93 seconds to go from a standstill to 124 mph (200 km/h).
It’s worth pointing out that these times were not recorded and verified by GPS and are likely a little quicker than the acceleration figures you’d see from a VBOX. Nevertheless, they are very impressive.
One of the key reasons why the M8 Competition Coupe is so accelerative is due to its twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine that delivers 617 hp and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque. Unlike most BMW M cars of yesteryear, the M8 family is sold exclusively with an advanced all-wheel drive system that provides phenomenal grip off the line and also aids in the car’s ability to launch off the line so rapidly. In addition, the M8 Competition Coupe comes complete with a brutal launch control system.