Blending outstanding performance with distinctive styling and spacious interiors, the all-new BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupé will land on Australian shores by Q2, 2020.
The premium four-door sports car draws inspiration from the M8 Competition Coupé, which will debut around the same time, and was developed alongside the throaty BMW M8 GTE endurance race car.
Designed to complement the its Coupé and Convertible siblings, the high-performance sports car was tested extensively at BMW Group’s proving grounds and the Nürburgring-Nordschleife, among other race circuits.
Powered by a formidable high-revving eight-cylinder engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology that produces 460kW and 750Nm, the M8 Competition Gran Coupé accelerates from 0–100km/h in just 3.2 seconds.
This is paired with a sports exhaust, eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic for precise shifts across all driving styles, as well as the renowned M xDrive all-wheel-drive system in its default 4WD mode.
Drivers can take this to the next level by selecting 4WD Sport mode, which sends an even greater proportion of power to the rear wheels. Or, simply select Track, Road or Sport mode depending on driver preference.
Also included are electronically controlled dampers and electromechanical M Servotronic steering, which is complemented by a new-design integrated braking system with two brake pedal settings to suit driving style and specific situations.
Drivers can save and store up to two different variants of the M Setup, allowing for the personalisation of brake pedal functionality, engine, dampers and steering settings.
On the outside, the M8 Competition Gran Coupé features a long, sleek silhouette, aerodynamic side mirrors, M gills on the side panels, and a distinctive rear spoiler.
Interior highlights include the exclusive M Sport front seats with integrated illuminated M8 badging and bi-colour leather trim.
What makes the M8 Competition Gran Coupé stand out over the M8 Competition Coupé is the wheelbase, which is 200mm longer, allowing for more space in the rear compartment.
The sports car will make its global premiere at 2019 Los Angeles Motor Show from 22 November to 1 December.
BMW is set to release just 50 of the limited Launch Edition model (pictured above) in Diamant Green metallic paint with bronze accents and exclusive 20-inch wheels, with a price yet to be released.
The standard M8 Gran Coupé will set you back A$130,000 (plus an A$995 destination fee) while the quicker M8 Gran Coupé Competition is priced at A$143,000, with production to start in November this year.
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