BMW debuts M8 Gran Coupe

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Words: Nile Bijoux
11 Oct 2019

BMW is looking to fight the Porsche Panamera and Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door on their home turf with this, the M8 Gran Coupe in standard and Competition guises.

The reveal of the large four-door sports coupe comes just a week after the debut of the new X5 M and X6 M, showing BMW’s go-fast division is really working its hands to the bone at the moment.

Power for the M8 four-door duo comes from the company’s familiar 4.4-litre biturbo V8, producing 447kW/750Nm in the Gran Coupe while the Competition variant ups the power to an even 460kW. Acceleration times to 100km/h are 3.1 seconds for the former and three seconds flat for the latter.

Both get identical eight-speed automatic transmissions and the xDrive all-wheel drive system. By default, the top speed is limited to 250km/h but opting for the M Driver’s package ups that to 305km/h. The package also gets a ticket to M School driver training.

The Gran Coupe pair both come with double-wishbone front and five-link rear suspension, as well as Adaptive M Suspension which configures the dampers on the fly.

Braking is improved too, thanks to standard ventilated brake discs (measuring 396mm up front and 381mm in the rear) with six-piston calipers. Asking for M carbon-ceramic brakes ups the front stoppers to 401mm for even more stopping power.

We haven’t seen local pricing just yet but American buyers will pay $US130,000 for the standard Gran Coupe and $US143,000 for the Competition.

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