BMW M8 Review Rundown
BMW M8 is the firm's flagship performance car. It features a new version of BMW's iDrive system, a pair of sports front seats swathed in beautifully stitched leather, a huge touchscreen in the centre of the dash, and two M buttons on the steering wheel. The M8 Convertible is a soft-top version of the M8 Coupe that comes with an equally powerful 625hp engine and similarly sporty looks.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.
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The new BMW M8 Competition is a sports car of vast ability. In simple terms it's the fastest production car BMW has ever produced. It's also one of the brand's most sophisticated models thus far. The engine, though massively potent, feels like it belongs in a refined GT rather than an out-and-out sports car.
Straight-line performance is stunning and it corners well. Build quality is faultless, too, but a Bentley Continental GT feels even more special. If you have your heart set on a big BMW drop-top, then the 840d is more relaxing to drive, looks just as good and costs a whopping £50k less.
The BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe is the firm's flagship performance car. In the UK it only comes in Competition spec, so the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 makes a massive 616bhp and 750Nm of torque. With a long wheelbase it does what big saloon cars from the M Division do best, with lots of control and balance. The gearbox is a great auto but a little jerky in the fastest manual setting when changing up through the lower gears.
Reviewers from Carmagazine have found the following[***]:
The new M8 is an exercise in overkill proposition. Aim of its creators was to develop a car that had to be as rigorously sporty as it was overtly luxurious. It turned out to be more of the same, mainly because strategists and controllers shunned the risk of sharpening the DNA of the brand's top-of-the-line coupé. All UK cars will be Competition spec, which signifies black exterior detailing that would otherwise be silver.
The all-new BMW M8 is more like a T-Rex than a BMW M4. Up close it's larger, visibly heftier and much more intimidating. It's also significantly more powerful and – just like a Mercedes S63 Coupe – has a ravenous appetite. But is it worth the extra cash over the standard 8 Series?
The BMW M8 Convertible is a soft-top version of the M8 Coupe. It comes with an equally powerful 625hp engine and similarly sporty looks. You get more aggressive bumpers, larger exhausts and new alloy wheels. Inside, you'll find an even plusher interior with huge swathes of leather trim.
The BMW M8 Gran Coupe is a larger, more practical version of the M8 Coupe. It comes with the same 625hp engine, but gets a more practical four-door body with a roomier boot and four seats. Audi and Porsche also provide the same blend of coupe styling with two rows of seats and monumental performance.
The 2020 BMW M8 Competition leans hard on the last part of its name, making many GT-flavored cuts in order to squeeze out every inch of performance. It's too much car for a normal road because of its physical size, but also because its powertrain is pretty much cranked to the max. The engine will happily putter along at low revs, providing enough torque to get up to speed without drama.
At nearly 201 inches long, the Gran Coupe is a full 9 inches lengthier than its two-door sibling. The M8's 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 makes 600 horsepower in its standard form, or 617 hp if you opt for the Competition. The 8 Series is BMW's flagship -- yes, even more so than the 7 Series.
The M8 Competition Coupe costs $146,000 -- a $13,000 increase over the standard M8 Coupe. Meaty, 15.7-inch carbon-ceramic front discs allow you to scrub off a ton of speed. The M8 Convertible is about 265 pounds heavier than its hardtop equivalent. BMW says this results in a very small reduction in initial acceleration time.
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- 3. ^ BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe 2020 review. Autoexpress. 26 August 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 4. ^ BMW M8 Competition review: better, not best. Carmagazine. 13 January 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
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- 8. ^ 2020 BMW M8 Competition review: More than a handful. Cnet. 23 April 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 9. ^ 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe review: Big power, small niche. Cnet. 15 April 2020. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
- 10. ^ 2020 BMW M8 first drive review: A heavyweight with finesse. Cnet. 08 October 2019. Retrieved 07 March 2021.
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- **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
- ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.