The new and highly-anticipated M8 is expected to arrive in South Africa in Q4 of 2019. See specification and pricing details below...
Here it is, the new BMW M8! It will be offered in 4 tantalising flavours including the M8 Coupe, Competition Coupe, Convertible and Competition Convertible.
A twin-turbo 4.4-litre V8 engine powers the M8 and in standard Coupe and Convertible form, total outputs of 441 kW and 750 Nm of torque are on offer. If that’s not enough, the Competition derivatives serve up 460 kW and 750 Nm of torque. An 8-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic is standard and the driver can switch between 3 modes to achieve either efficiency, sporty or dynamic driving while also using the steering-mounted shift paddles to blitz through the shifts.
Equipped with a rear-biased x-Drive all-wheel-drive system and an Active M Differential, acceleration is scintillating and the M8 Coupe and Convertible achieving zero to 100 kph in 3.3 and 3.4 seconds respectively. The M8 Competition Coupe and Convertible are slightly faster with claimed figures of 3.2 and 3.3 seconds respectively.
The driver can choose between the default 4WD setting or opt for the 4WD Sport setting which apportions more power to the rear. If you really must, you can also deactivate the Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) which will turn the M8 into a full-blown rear-wheel drive monster.
The BMW M8 will arrive in South Africa in the fourth quarter of 2019.
All M8 derivatives are equipped with an M-specific adaptive suspension with electronically controlled dampers and electro-mechanical M Servotronic steering as standard and ride on 20-inch M-light-alloy wheels with a twin-spoke design.
M compound brakes are standard and M carbon ceramic brakes will be offered as an option. A new adaptive braking feature makes its debut in the M8 and it’s geared to suit the driving situation by offering varying pedal feel when in Comfort or in Sport brake mode. In Comfort, braking pressure is more gradual while Sport sharpens the brakes for more instantaneous braking. A compact braking module now includes brake activation, brake booster and brake control which has reduced overall weight by about 2 kg and features a vacuum-free booster to improve efficiency.
The M8 will offer a luxurious interior with a sporty touch. Looks like a nice place to be...
The M8 will be offered with a variety of leather combinations and trims to suit your taste. Some of the standard equipment includes a Display Key, Head-Up Display, driving assistant, parking assistant and BMW Live Cockpit Professional. An array of optional driver assistance features will also be available.
The M8 features a new Setup button in the centre console which allows the driver to easily access settings for the engine, steering, dampers, M xDrive and braking. Personal settings can be saved and easily called to action using the 2 M buttons found on the steering wheel.
Also, a new M Mode button on the centre console can be used to adjust the driver assistance systems, instrument cluster and Head-Up display. The driver can select modes such as Road and Sport while the Competition derivatives offer a Track mode. Each mode is accompanied with its own look on the screens.
BMW M8 - Price in South Africa
BMW M8 Competition Coupe - R2 958 053
BMW M8 Competition Convertible - R3 089 486
Thanks Zero2Turbo for the pricing tip!