BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe 2020 confirmed for Australia

BMW has revealed its high-performance four-door M8 Competition Gran Coupe, which will be touching down locally in the second quarter of next year to join the two-door Coupe and Convertible versions due around the same time.

Set for a public debut at the LA motor show next month, the Gran Coupe’s performance and powertrain is derived from the M8 Competition Coupe, including its monstrous 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 that pumps out 460kW at 6000rpm and 750Nm from low in the rev range though to 5800rpm.

Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the M8 Gran Coupe drives all four wheels via the rear-biased xDrive all-wheel-drive system, which allows for a zero-to-100km/h sprint time of 3.2 seconds – the same time as the Coupe.

Features such as the M sports exhaust, limited-slip differential on the rear axle, M Servotronic steering, electronically controlled dampers and two-mode adjustable M braking system enhance the dynamic performance of the M8 Competition Gran Coupe.

An M Mode button on the centre console can allow driver assistance systems, the digital instrument cluster and head-up display to be individually configured, while drive modes include road, sport and track.

The all-wheel drive system can be tweaked to provide a higher bias of rear drive in 4WD Sport mode, while deactivating the DSC system sends power exclusively to the rear wheels for tyre-smoking fun.

BMW took to the Nurburgring to conduct extensive testing for the four-door M8 Competition, which has been developed alongside the M8 GTE endurance racecar.

The M division’s usual; suite of exterior enhancements are found on the M8 Gran Coupe, including larger air intakes, M gills on the side panels, aerodynamically optimised wing mirrors and a rear spoiler.

The main difference over the Coupe is the Gran Coupe’s size, with a 200mm longer wheelbase to accommodate a second row of seats.

The Gran Coupe’s performance and powertrain is derived from the M8 Competition Coupe. The Gran Coupe’s performance and powertrain is derived from the M8 Competition Coupe.

Up front, occupants score M Sport seats with integrated, illuminated badging and two-tone leather trim.

Buyers can expect a 10.25-inch multimedia system with gesture control along with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and configurable head-up display.

Exact local pricing and specification is yet to be confirmed by BMW Group Australia, however the pricetag for the four-door M8 is likely to sit north of $300,000. It may end up being the most affordable M8 variant, given the regular 8 Series Gran Coupe range is priced below its coupe and convertible counterparts.

More details will be made available closer to the vehicle’s launch in the second quarter.

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October 9, 2019 9:05 am Published by