The New 2020 BMW M8 Coupé and M8 Cabriolet
• 600 hp M8 Coupé and M8 Cabriolet.
• 617 hp M8 Competition Coupé and Competition Cabriolet variants.
• 0 – 100 km/h in as quick as 3.2 seconds and top speed up to 300 km/h.
• Production to begin July 2019.
• Pricing to be announced closer to the Canadian market launch in the third quarter of 2019.
Richmond Hill, ON. BMW M GmbH is pleased to introduce the new 2020 M8 Coupé and Cabriolet, the new top performance models in the M brand’s lineup. Available in standard and Competition variants, the new M cars take the proven M5 and M5 Competition supercar capabilities to an even higher level while offering all of the luxury and styling that the 8 Series has to offer.
The launch of the new M8 is unique in that the race car made its appearance almost two years before the production street vehicles will be available in showrooms. In those past two years of testing and racing in the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship, the BMW M8 GTE collected three victories, including the prestigious 24 Hours of Daytona, four additional podium finishes and three pole positions. The data collected from the on-going racing program helped develop settings for the new BMW M8 road going car.
S63 V8 Power and Performance
The high-revving (7,200 rpm redline) 4.4 liter S63 M TwinPower Turbo V8 produces 600 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 553 lb-ft of torque @ 1,800 – 5,600 rpm in the M8 Coupé and Cabriolet while the M8 Competition models feature an uprated power unit producing 617 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 553 lb-ft @ 1,800 – 5,800 rpm.
Eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic
The eight-speed M Steptronic transmission transfers the M8’s power to the M xDrive all-wheel drive system. The transmission is operated via the new gear selector lever or with the M gearshift paddles on the steering wheel. Both automatic and manual modes are available. The Drivelogic button allows the driver to select the comfort and speed of gear shifts from comfort-oriented to sport and track focused shifting.
M xDrive all-wheel drive and Active M differential
The M xDrive intelligent rear-biased all-wheel drive system makes the most use of the new BMW M8’s power and torque to increase performance to supercar levels.
The engine’s torque is distributed between the front and rear wheels via the transfer case’s electronically-controlled multi-plate clutch before the Active M differential splits the power between the two rear wheels as needed.
New Setup button and M mode.
The BMW M8 features a new single setup button, found in the center console, which enables control over the engine, suspension, steering and xDrive settings, all of which featured individual control buttons in past M cars. The new setup button now also includes control over the integrated braking system with its Comfort and Sport modes.
Pressing the setup button brings up the setup screen on the center display and allows various settings to be chosen and saved to the steering wheel-mounted M1 and M2 buttons.
Available Settings include:
- Engine characteristics – Efficient, Sport and Sport Plus.
- Suspension characteristics – Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus
- Steering characteristics – Comfort and Sport
- Braking characteristics – Comfort and Sport
- 4WD settings – 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD
Exterior design and features
The functional details of the new BMW M8 Coupé and Cabriolet support the performance capabilities of the new cars as much as they lend themselves to design. Large openings in the front bumper support increased engine, transmission and brake cooling requirements while also imparting an aggressive visual to the newest M vehicles.
The new M8 features exclusive interior appointments to set the cars apart as vehicles that occupy the very top of BMW’s model lineup. The M leather steering wheel includes M shift paddles and red M1 and M2 buttons which can be programmed with various engine, suspension, steering, xDrive and braking system modes. A new design gear shift lever with red accent sits next to the red start/stop button in the center console. Exclusive M Sport seats with Illuminated M badging below the headrest area are standard. The M8
Driver Assist systems Competition models additionally feature M seatbelts with highlight stitching in BMW Motorsport colors.
The 2020 BMW M8 is available with a wide variety of standard and optional driver assistance systems. The systems really come into their own when driving longer distances by relieving the strain on the driver in monotonous situations, such as traffic jams or slow-moving traffic. They enhance comfort and safety both in urban traffic and on longer trips by providing targeted assistance in complex traffic situations. The driver assistance systems process camera images as well as the data gathered by ultrasonic and radar sensors to monitor the vehicle’s surroundings, to warn of potential hazards and to minimise the risk of an accident with corrective braking or steering inputs.
The latest-generation Head-Up Display.
The latest generation of the BMW Head-Up display system features a larger projection area, optimized graphics and additional content. The BMW Head-Up Display projects information directly into the driver’s field of vision where it can be assimilated without any need for them to divert their eyes from the road. This includes details of vehicle speed, speed limits and overtaking restrictions, Check Control messages, status indicators and warnings from the assistance systems, detailed route guidance and turn instructions, as well as telephone and entertainment lists. The displayed information can be adjusted via the new M mode button on the center console.
Live Cockpit Professional with iDrive 7
The BMW Live Cockpit Professional in the 2020 BMW M8 combines the latest-generation of the iDrive, featuring a high-resolution digital 31.2 cm (12.3”) instrument cluster display behind the steering wheel and a 26 cm (10.25”) center display diagonally across.
BMW Connected: digital services for individual mobility.
BMW Connected is the companion app for BMW drivers. Intelligent connectivity helps users to reach their destination easily and with minimal stress – and not only from within their car; BMW Connected is an all-embracing concept designed to seamlessly connect the driver and their smartphone with their vehicle.