BMW M5 Competition launched in India at Rs 1.55 crore

BMW M5 Competition launched in India at Rs 1.55 crore

The bigger difference can be felt in handling: The M8's suspension is much stiffer and handles more like a sports auto.

In June, execs touted the 2020 M8's prowess around the Nürburgring-Nordschliefe in coupe and convertible four.

Hot on the heels of the M8 Coupe and Convertible world launch, BMW has released details of its M8 Gran Coupe Competition.

Is the M8's $20,000 premium over the M850i justified? But the all-wheel-drive system is also upgraded, as are the electronics to help the driver put all of that newfound power to the best use.

For a more exclusive look, customers can order an optional M Carbon exterior package. The interior, too, gets a redo with an M model-specific instrument panel display, a new shift lever, and programmable buttons for the various M driving modes. Propelling the five-metre long M8 Gran Coupe to such impressive numbers is the same 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine seen throughout the upper echelons of BMW M's range. In the standard version it produces 441kW and in the Competition model it's good for 460kW, with a torque figure of 750Nm being applicable in both cases. Writing a bigger check for the Competition models gives you an additional 17 hp and makes the same 553 lb-ft of torque available to 5,860 rpm.

It's enough for a 0-60 miles per hour time of 3.1 seconds in the standard auto, shaved down to 3.0 seconds in the 2020 M8 Gran Coupe Competition. Buyers looking for more velocity can option the M Driver's package, which increases the top speed to 190 miles per hour and includes M School driver training at one of BMW's two Performance Driving Schools. Let's rephrase then, the M8 GC is for those who want the company's top engine with four doors and swoopy 8 Series styling - although for that privilege it will certainly come at a premium over the M5. These are paired with Adaptive M suspension as standard, which gets stiffened up on Competition package cars. The chassis, for example, benefits from exclusive swivel bearings, control arms, torque arms, forged links for the rear axle, and stiffer anti-roll bars which improve the roadholding. But buyers can also option M carbon-ceramic brakes (15.8 inches front, 15.0 inches rear) for even more stopping power.

Two engines are available.

From a design perspective, the Gran Coupes have a 200mm longer wheelbase than the two-doors, which means a lot more space for occupants in the back. This places the BMW quite a bit higher up the pricing spectrum than an Audi RS7, and bang on target for the less powerful 542bhp £117,918 Panamera Turbo.

BMW says the 840i reaches 62 miles per hour in 5.2 seconds, while the xDrive model does it in 4.9 seconds. Not only is power from the 840i's six-cylinder plentiful, but it is incredibly linear.

Like all modern Bimmers, the M8 Gran Coupe comes with a fairly comprehensive suite of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), only some of which are standard equipment.

Also carrying over is the liberal use of quality materials throughout the cabin. The optional M Sport seats have plenty of lateral support to keep you firmly in place when cornering, yet they are well-cushioned and well-shaped for long-distance comfort. Every touch point has a premium feel, and the underlying construction is reassuringly sturdy.

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