The German-based car manufacturer has developed a more powerful prototype version of the BMW 8 Series with 550 horsepower in the 1990s. However, unfortunately, the high-performance sports car has never entered the production line until now. After 30 years have passed, now the 2020 BMW M8 has been officially released to the public by offering a real 600 horsepower from under its hood. It’s truly BMW’s flagship model based on rear-wheel drive setup.
Unlike most modern high-performance cars that are more dependent on all-wheel drive setups, BMW instead uses the rear-wheel drive configuration on the new M8. Although German factories also use an all-wheel drive setup on most models including their large crossover models, except the M8. It’s applied to ensure that all power can really be transferred to all wheels quickly. The new BMW M8 will be offered in two different versions which include coupe and convertible, while the four-door Gran Coupe version will follow in the next few months.
The 2020 BMW M8 is claimed to be a more powerful M model compared to the BMW 8 Series Coupe and Convertible, and even that is claimed to be far more powerful than the M850i variant which is currently sold on the global market. It offers a wide choice of driving modes and different settings for transmission, suspension and braking system.
It was even claimed to be more sadistic than the standard BMW 8-Series model. Given that BMW offers several special parts for the new M8 such as extra cooling with additional ventilation, a special carbon-fiber roof for the coupe variant, and a black front grille. The 2020 BMW M8 ride on a standard 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in a non-run-flat performance tires measuring 275 in front and 285 in the rear. Moving into the interior, this high-performance sports car is equipped with carbon-fiber trim, M Sport seats, different gear shifter with red accents, and the steering wheel featuring several buttons to activate different driving modes.
Under its hood, the 2020 BMW M8 (standard model) is powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission that can cranks out up to 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. Customers who want to get more power, they can make a choice on the M8 Competition spec model that offers 617 horsepower from the same twin-turbocharged engine. The all-wheel drive configuration is offered as standard on all trim options, while the 8-speed automatic gearbox featuring paddle shifters is the only transmission option available in the latest BMW M8.
BMW offers several optional equipment in the Competition package that includes M Sport exhaust, different wheels choices, different Track setting for driving modes, and firmer suspension tuning. Unfortunately, the carbon-ceramic brakes are only offered as separate optional equipment. According to the manufacturer’s claim, the 2020 BMW M8 Competition Coupe can accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 3.0 seconds. While the M8 with M Driver’s package is claimed to have a top speed of up to 189 mph.
Pricing and release date has been officially confirmed. The 2020 BMW M8 is scheduled to arrive at U.S. dealerships later this summer with production starting in July 2019. The official price tag for the M8 coupe model will start at $133,995 and jump to $143,495 for the convertible model, which means it’s $20,000 more expensive than the BMW M850i which is currently sold on the U.S. market. Buyers who want to get the 2020 BMW M8 Competition must pay extra costs of $13,000 for both coupe and convertible models.