We are super excited at the prospect of sampling the upcoming all-new BMW 8 Series during the beginning of 2019. The car marks the return of that badge since it was discontinued in the 1990s, but this time with a highly updated, stunning look and technologies. Of course what is a BMW with an M version, and so the 8 Series will also carry an M8.

But wait, there’s more. According to these spy pictures sourced from our friends at GermanCarForum, the M8 will not be sold in a normal guise, but will arrive as an M8 Competition. It’s the same strategy that BMW has recently adopted for the M2, which is now only available in Competition mode. Brilliant news, because the Competition models are often praised for being exactly what they “normal” car should have been in the first place.

For the M8 Competition we see a number of familiar features, such as the black split front kidney grille, bi-Xenon/ laser headlights, M side mirrors, dark multispoke alloy wheels, a carbon fibre roof, LED rear lights, a piano black rear diffuser, carbon fibre rear spoiler, an “M8 Competition” badge on the boot, and those familiar four exhaust tailpipes.

The interior has pieces from the M5, including the thick-rimmed multifunction steering wheel with red M1 and M2 buttons, a red engine Start button on the centre console, a new set of two-tone M leather seats, and others. We know the M8 Competition will feature the same 4.4-litre twin turbo V8 engine from the M850i and M5, but will carry more than 460kW of raw power. Drive will go to all four wheels via the xDrive all-wheel-drive (AWD) system and an 8-speed automatic gearbox. Expect BMW to claim a 0 – 100km/h sprint time of around 3.2 seconds and a top speed of over 300km/h when the speed limiter is removed.

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