BMW no longer manufactures the ultimate driving machines, but the BMW M8 Gran Coupe 2020 demonstrates that it is still committed to the manufacture of scandalously powerful machines. The V-8 dual turbo sedan generates between 600 and 617 horsepower, and its anamorphic four-wheel drive system can simulate rear-wheel drive. According to the tradition of M cars, this four-door Bimmer features a pumped look and exclusive performance equipment. Of course, its interior is as picturesque and elegant as sitting by the pool in a five-star resort. There is also an attractive range of high-tech and luxury features to satisfy passengers who are not worried about reaching extra-legal speeds and trimming apexes on a race track. Although the M8 Gran Coupe is the definition of excessive, it is also a synonym for stimulant.
The M8 Gran Coupe is new for 2020. It is positioned above the regular BMW 8 series Gran Coupe, which in itself is a four-door version of the 8 coupe and convertible series. As for BMW sedans, this is the company’s definitive driver car.
M8 Gran Coupe: $ 130,995
M8 Gran Coupe Competition: $ 143,995
Those who want M-car performance are obviously willing to spend money on M-car. In this case, the M8 Gran Coupe base costs about $ 21,000 more than the only one below the BMW M850i. Although we would be happy with the cheapest M850i and its dual-turbo V-8, the M8 Gran Coupe is the only antidote for BMW enthusiasts who want the company’s fastest four-door. For that reason, we recommend the M8 Contest. We would go all-in in the most expensive paint option (Frozen Bluestone Metallic), pony up for both driver assistance packages, the comfort seating package, and check all other option boxes. These include the carbon-ceramic brakes, the M Carbon exterior package, night vision with pedestrian detection, the imitation-suede head, the Bowers & Wilkins sound system and the M Driver package. The latter allows us to take the M8 to the racecourse for a day to safely exploit their talents and briefly forget the $ 173,400 that this configuration cost us.
Interior, Comfort and Cargo
As with the BMW M8 coupé and convertible stubbier, the equivalent Gran Coupe features an exquisitely decorated interior that looks as rich as it feels. While the design is more dignified than dazzling, the four-door M8 provides more abundant rear passenger space. It also offers a cornucopia of desirable standard features, such as a 12.3-inch digital caliber cluster, 16-way electric front seats with memory settings, four-zone climate control, heated and ventilated front seats, leather upholstery and more. The cabin can also be improved with more elegant colors and ornaments, as well as a comfort seating package. This adds heated seats in all facilities along with electric umbrellas for rear-seat passengers.
Infotainment and connectivity
Every 2020 M8 Gran Coupe is equipped with an infotainment system with a 10.25-inch touch screen that can also be operated with a rotary controller in the center console. Along with a 16-speaker, 464-watt Harman / Kardon sound system, the BMW has a Wi-Fi hotspot and Apple CarPlay as standard. However, Android Auto is visibly absent. Those who are not satisfied with the default audio unit can upgrade to a more powerful Bowers & Wilkins configuration.
Engine, Transmission and Performance
The 2020 M8 Gran Coupe is powered by a luscious 4.4-liter double-turbo V-8 that produces 600 horsepower in the regular model and 17 additional ponies in the Competition version. Both M8 send that power to all four wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. However, rear exit pranks are made possible by a selectable rear-wheel drive mode that routes all the fury of the V-8 to the rear wheels. A specially adjusted adaptive suspension is also standard, and can be adjusted through the customizable and preset driving modes of the sedan. For those who want the maximum performance of the M8 Gran Coupe, BMW offers carbon-ceramic brakes on both models and exclusive go-fast in the Competition. Since we have not driven or M8 Gran Coupe, we will have to wait to get behind the wheel before we can provide driving impressions.
Fuel economy and real-world MPG
Regardless of whether it is connected to the M8 Gran Coupe of 600 hp or the Competition model of 617 hp, both Bimmers have the same EPA fuel economy ratings. That means an estimated 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. However, we cannot prove whether one or the other is at the time of making those numbers until we can take them on our 200-mile real-world route.
Safety features and driver assistance
The 2020 M8 Gran Coupe has not been tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Road Safety Insurance Institute (IIHS). While the abundant driver assistance technology is available, everything except the front-end collision warning and automated emergency braking cost more. Key security features include:
> Adaptive cruise control available with stop-and-go technology
> Bliind spot monitoring available and rear cross traffic alert
> Lane departure warning available and lane maintenance assistance
Warranty and maintenance coverage
BMW offers a limited warranty and competitive powertrain compared to luxury rivals. It also offers free scheduled maintenance unlike Mercedes-AMG competitors.
> The limited warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
> The powetrain warranty covers 4 years or 50,000 miles
> Free maintenance is covered for 3 years or 36,000 miles