BMW’s range has become a little more top-heavy with the introduction of two top-tier 8 Series variants in the M8 Coupe (about RM1.45 million) and the M8 Gran Coupe (about RM1.46 million). The former is a souped-up version of the baseline two-door grand tourer, while the latter is the longer, roomier and more passenger-friendly four-door option on the same high-performance platform.
There is a lot to the specifications that will be pleasingly familiar to fans of the M5. This includes the eight-speed automatic transmission, the weight-saving carbon-fibre reinforced plastic roof, the all-wheel-drive system that can be switched to rear-wheel-drive only for a more traditional tail-out good time, and the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8. This is still the most powerful BMW M engine ever made for a production model, good for 600bhp of power and 750Nm of torque. This sends the M8 from 0-100km/h in a mere 3.3 seconds.
The aggressive, sporty styling and low seating do, of course, differentiate the M8 from the M5, but it maintains all the user-friendly features and high-tech assistance systems that is the norm in today’s premium BMWs – including stop-and-go active cruise control and collision avoidance, as well as 440 litres of boot space in the case of the Gran Coupe.
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Eye candy for the style hungry. The BMW M8 Coupé with M Performance Parts. #TheM8 #BMW #M8 @BMWM #MPerformance __ BMW M8 Coupé: Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.6. CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 242. Further information: www.bmw.com/disclaimer. Acceleration (0-100 km/h): 3.3 s. Power: 441 kW, 600 hp, 750 Nm. Top speed (limited): 250 km/h.
Both versions of the M8 were revealed at the weekend-long Secret Garage @ M Town event. Styled after the infamous BMW M Secret Garage, a secret facility located in BMW’s hometown of Germany, it brought a slice of BMW M excitement and history to the by-invitation guests who attended. Aside from the impressive assembly of M cars on display, favourites such as the M2 Competition, M4 and M5 were available for test-driving. The event also saw the launch of two of BMW’s high-end mid-sized SUVs in the X3 M Competition (about RM887,000) and X4 M Competition (about RM904,000).