Bmw have gone after Porsche’s Panamera Turbo with the M8 Gran Coupe, and this competition version has 74bhp more than it’s nemesis.
But rather than take on some new hybrid technology, the power plant you’ll find under the bonnet is BMW’s familiar twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine that is this guise develops 625bhp and 750Nm of torque.
To tame that sort of output it mates a rear biased four-wheel-drive system with an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The result is a scorching 0-62mph time of 3.2 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.
Unless of course you feel that’s not fast enough and then you can pay for the BMW M Driver’s package, which raises the car’s top speed to 190mph.
Choose that option and you may also be wise to pick the optional carbon ceramic brakes.
You also get a unique driver switchable active exhaust system with quad-exit tailpipes, to add the necessary snap, crackle and pops. ￼
If you crave further excitement you can choose to electronically disengage the front drive and send all that power to the rear wheels only.
Although why you’d want to do this is beyond us.
If you go for the drivers package, BMW include M School driver training at one of BMW’s two Performance Driving Schools where we’d guess they’ll make you sign a disclaimer that says “we told you not to switch off the 4 wheel drive” or words to that effect.
The M8 rides on a set of lightweight 20-inch alloy wheels, and of course the usual aggressive M body with a wider track.
As on BMW other M cars of late it also has double bubble shaped carbon fibre-reinforced plastic roof, which provides the M8 Gran Coupe with a lower centre of gravity.
The option of a sunroof on the M4 and M3 meant that you lost their carbon roofs along with a chuck of the resale value, so be careful when choosing your build.
Adaptive dampers, larger brakes, an X-brace for the front suspension towers and an active limited slip differential complete the power train specification.
As well as the usual carbon and leather interior trim, a stand out feature is the 10.25-inch infotainment system and a 12.3-inch full screen glass cockpit.
BMW’s parking assistant is also fitted as standard which can not only drive the car into a parking space, but parallel park it as well.
We’ve experienced this system first hand and it’s especially useful on those cold,wet,pitch black nights, where the cars not reliant on those visual cues that mere humans require. ￼
As usual owners will be able make a complete mess of the M Performance mode by attempting to find that individual setting on the iDrive panel, you know, the one that makes the car easy to drive but also makes load’s of noise at 15-30mph.
What BMW really needs here is a Button Marked “M SAGA” for all us over 50’s that still like to make the car bark through town, but don’t want it to wrap itself around a lamp post.
Pressing It should also automatically tune the radio to BBC Radio 2.
The M8 Gran Coupe can store two unique configurations at a time, which is nice, so you can have quick access to your city centre attention grabber mode, and then return to comfort mode as you leave town.
If you know what you’re doing then BMW’s own “M” setup can be selected by pushing a button on the car’s centre console.
Active cruise control, lane keeping assist with active side collision protection and a wrong-way warning (really?)
Buyers can also spec BMW’s Laserlight LED headlights, which generates a high-beam range of up to 600 metres.
Ventilated seats, leather and Alcantara upholstery, electrically operated sun blinds, four-zone automatic climate control and a 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system complete the most notable options.
We’ll update this feature as and when we get our hands on one.
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