Bavaria’s big coupe completely revamped
BMW has one of the most expansive model lineups currently available. If you’re looking for a car or SUV, Munich likely has your flavor in stock. When the 8 Series nameplate was revived for a second installment, the allure of a flagship grand touring coupe was back on the table for BMW aficionados. Unlike the previous E31-generation 8 Series, the new car finally brings the fabled M8 model into production. To celebrate that feat, we’re shining a spotlight on Turo host Nazir’s 2020 BMW M8 Competition as our August car of the month.
2020 BMW M8 Competition
|ENGINE||HORSEPOWER||0 to 60 MPH||TOP SPEED||MILEAGE||DAILY PRICE*|
|4.4L V8||617 hp||3.0 sec||155 mph||17 mpg||$575|
|ENGINE||HP||0 to 60 |
|4.4L V8||617 hp||3.0 |
Large and in charge, the M8 is a force to be reckoned with. Like any car wearing the M badge, the heart and soul comes in the form of a twin-turbocharged 4.4L V8. With a double dose of boost, the M8 Competition pumps out a thundering 617 horsepower and 533 lb-ft of torque from its “S63” engine. Even with a curb weight well over 4,000 pounds, the mighty M8 can rocket to 60 in a mere 3 seconds. Like a lot of modern M products, the M8’s all-wheel drive setup helps put the power down and glue it to the road, while rear-wheel drive mode is on standby for those who prefer the classic BMW driving experience.
The interior of the M8 is BMW’s take on a performance grand tourer. The dash layout is very sleek and packs the latest in technology throughout the digital cluster and infotainment center. Subtly providing visual contrast, surrounding carbon fiber indicates that this is more than just an “ordinary” 8 Series. The real delight to passengers comes in the form of the upholstery. The uniquely contoured bucket seats are not only supportive, but are also wrapped in perforated black leather with massaging functionality for that extra touch of luxury. The leather doesn’t stop there, as the door panels and center console receive a similarly ornate treatment.
On the exterior, this big blue M8 has no issues making its presence known. The long hood and fastback roofline give the M8 the immediate silhouette of a performance vehicle. Upon closer inspection, the M8’s muscular physique becomes even more apparent thanks to its chiseled front fascia and carbon fiber vent accents. Since Nazir’s car is a Competition model, the M8 wears 20-inch cross spoke wheels that are a welcome throwback to the mesh wheels of vintage BMW models.
On the road is where the real fun can be experienced firsthand. Put the pedal to the floor and the M8 will pick up speed in a flash. Since BMW’s expert engineers have carefully tuned the suspension, the ride remains comfortable and composed. That’s also what makes the BMW so great to drive, as it’s a car for every occasion. Whether it’s cruising the boulevard, or clocking miles on the motorway, the M8 is always the right choice.
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