BMW continues to release hi-performance models at the upper end of its range. The new BMW M8 Coupe, M8 Convertible, and M8 Competition versions of the pair, are the latest to hit the scene. These four cars or at least some of them, will be seen live by South Africans for the first time at the upcoming BMW M Festival which will take place at the Khayalami Grand Prix Circuit this month.

All the cars share the same engine as the new BMW M850i, which is a 4.4-litre twin turbo V8. Whilst that car produces 390kW, the M8 range produces two higher numbers. M8 Coupe and Convertible models make 441kW of power and 750Nm of torque. It’s all sent to all four wheels via the company xDrive AWD system and an 8-speed automatic gearbox. According to their figures, the Coupe will sprint from 0 – 100km/h in 3.3 seconds (3.4 seconds for the Convertible), and reach a top speed of 250km/h. This can be unrestricted to 305km/h.

As for the M8 Competition pack, the same powertrain applies, but power has been increased to 460kW, while torque remains at 750Nm. The Coupe Competition is said to be the quickest off the line, with a 3.2 second 0 – 100km/h time, while the Convertible Competition records 3.3 seconds. Again, top speed is limited to 250km/h or 305km/h.

Some of the standout features of the M8 range includes large double kidney front grille with double bars, large air intakes, M gills on the sides, a rear spoiler, a rear apron and diffuser, as well as the M-typical four exhaust tailpipes. BMW promises they make the appropriate sounds at startup and during gear changes. Standard alloy wheels are 20-inch in size.

The interior features leather M Sport seats, leather / Alcantara appointments, an M leather steering with multifunctions, iDrive infotainment system with a touch screen, a red start/ stop button next to the leather-covered gear lever and others.

According to our insider information, BMW South Africa will only sell Competition models in this country, which means the 441kW models will not be available.

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