BMW M8 Gran Coupe Debuts As A Sleek Four-Door Coupe With Up To 617 HP

BMW has taken the wraps off the new M8 Gran Coupe.

Set to arrive in the United States early next year, the high-performance model follows in the footsteps of the M8 Coupe and Convertible. As a result, the car is powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine that produces 592 hp (441 kW / 600 PS) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque.

The engine is connected to an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission which sends power to a rear-biased and defeatable all-wheel drive system. This setup enables the M8 Gran Coupe to rocket from 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) in 3.3 seconds, before hitting a limited top speed of up to 190 mph (305 km/h) when equipped with the optional M Driver’s Package.

Buyers looking for more performance can order the M8 Competition Gran Coupe. It features an upgraded engine that develops 616 hp (460 kW / 625 PS) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque. Thanks to the extra power, the dash to 62 mph (100 km/h) is cut to 3.2 seconds. However, the top speed remains unchanged at 155 mph (250 km/h) and 190 mph (305 km/h) with the M Driver’s Package.

Of course, the performance upgrades don’t end there as the M8 has been equipped with a double-wishbone front axle that has “specially designed swivel bearings, torque arms and control arms.”  The updates continue out back as the five-link rear axle has M-specific forged links and “extremely stiff” anti-roll bars.

Elsewhere, the car has been equipped with a shear panel and a tower-to-bulkhead strut to increase torsional strength up front.  Likewise, there’s a steel X-brace and an aluminum transverse strut to beef things up in the rear.

Other performance-oriented features include an Active M Differential, an M Servotronic steering system and an M-specific adaptive suspension.  There’s also a high-performance braking system and optional carbon-ceramic brakes.

In terms of styling, the front end carries over from the coupe and convertible.  As a result, the model has a black kidney grille which resides above aggressive air intakes.

The sporty styling continues further back as the Gran Coupe has aerodynamic mirrors, a carbon fiber-reinforced plastic roof and 20-inch lightweight alloy wheels.  Other highlights include an aggressive rear bumper, a trunk-mounted spoiler and a four-tailpipe exhaust system.

For a more exclusive look, customers can order an optional M Carbon exterior package.  It adds an assortment of carbon fiber-reinforced plastic components including mirror caps, a rear diffuser, a rear spoiler and inserts for the front air intakes.

Moving into the cabin, drivers will find an assortment of M-specific touches.  These include M Sport seats, an M leather steering wheel and a unique gear selector.

The model also has a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a 10.25-inch infotainment system and a head-up display.  Other highlights include carbon fiber trim, ambient lighting and a wireless smartphone charger.

Buyers looking for something even more exclusive can get the M8 Gran Coupe First Edition.  Production will be limited to 400 units – 50 are coming to the US – and it features a BMW Individual Aurora Diamond Green metallic exterior with Gold Bronze accents. The model also has unique wheels, special door sill plates and Taruma Brown Merino leather.

In the United States, the M8 Gran Coupe will start at $130,000.  The more powerful Competition variant costs an extra $13,000 and that’s before the $995 destination charge.

 

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  • Bo Hanan

    I’m sure it’s a great drive. And I want to like it- but…

  • Adilos Nave

    Jesus Christ. How much does a kidney sell for on the black market these days?

  • Toronado_II

    What a horrible color !

    Competition… really ? What that’s mean?

    • Matt

      Were you born yesterday? BMW has used the ‘Competition’ label on their more powerful M cars for years.

      • Bo Hanan

        Only because the “M” cars became watered down (mass appeal) and lost their way. Wait for the M (whatever) Competition “CSL” to arrive…..

      • Toronado_II

        I can’t afford this, so I don’t really care… but thanks to let me know.
        Anyway, the M are not what they used to be anymore…

  • john1168

    Great looking car! One of the best looking BMW’s I think… Not crazy about the color though. They shouldn’t have limited it to 190. They should have let it go over 200.

  • DaruniaG

    Best looking modern BMW by far

  • B.Stokes

    Love everything about this car besides that color.

  • europeon

    I like the color – it’s amazing.
    I like the car too – it’s the first BMW I ever like.
    What I don’t like is the interior quality. Haven’t seen the CG yet, obviously, but I doubt it’s improved in any way over the Coupe and the Cabrio versions.

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    The only downside to this car is that it’s interior doesn’t look nice enough for the price point. With that said I might have to consider this in the future.

  • Belthronding

    i like that pimp car colour on m8 ,nice car btw

  • Dennis James

    Compare this with the M6 Gran Coupe and you can see how BMW ruined most of their designs lately. This car should have looked vastly better given how long it is. Instead, it looks slightly better than a KIA Stinger.

  • Kitty Pourquoi

    I don’t find this a sleek four dour coupe.. it’s too bulky and busy

  • amac604

    If Pontiac was still around, this could be the new Grand Prix.

  • charlotteharry57

    The “C” panel treatment reminds of the Maserati Quattroporte. Big time. Not very BMW-ish. But that interior is a knockout.

  • Necmy

    Allright, its looks good, but is it not impresive as much as to justify being late after publishing amg, panarema, s7 models.

  • Enter Ranting

    Meh…

  • Romain AA

    Beauty!

  • sidewaysspin

    There are now so many M cars that they kind of lost their aura.

  • ctk4949

    Having only the rear windows tinted is disgusting!! lol

  • Kagan

    In pictures it looks better than m8.

  • aaronbbrown

    Beautiful car, unfortunately BMW is now following the Ford model, pretty packages, junk underneath. There’s about to be a recall of all the new Supras, A BMW product, because of shoddy welding in the chassis that could get you killed. This says everything about what’s going on at BMW today. They don’t even bother to check the welds that were done by robots because their customers are expendable, you can always get new customers in this market.

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