Tuesday, 1 September 2020

2020 BMW M8 Review


2020 BMW M8


With muscular proportions and massive power, the 2020 BMW M8 is a bully among boulevard cruisers. This Bimmer is based on the standard BMW 8-series—and is available as a coupe, convertible, and Gran Coupe that I will review separately. 

Every version of the M8 boasts a mighty twin-turbo V-8 that pairs with a specialized all-wheel-drive system; it includes a rear-drive-only mode that's perfect for hanging the tail out. 

2020 BMW M8

The M8 Competition model further maximizes performance with added horsepower, an enhanced chassis, and other bespoke bits. 

Despite its inherently aggressive demeanor, the M8 remains a pleasant daily driver. Its cabin is beautifully crafted and loaded with luxury features and desirable technology. 

While its exterior design won't appeal to extroverts, and BMW's newly introduced adjustable brake-pedal feel is unpleasant, the 2020 M8 is hugely capable and surprisingly comfortable.

2020 BMW M8

What's New for 2020?

BMW introduces a new flagship for its vaunted M performance division with the 2020 M8. This model replaces the BMW M6, which was also offered as a coupe, convertible, and four-door Gran Coupe.

2020 BMW M8

Pricing and Which One to Buy

  •  M8 coupe: $134,995
  •  M8 Competition coupe: $147,995
  •  M8 convertible: $147,995
  •  M8 Competition convertible: $157,495
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Unlike the more affordable but less powerful BMW M850i, the M8 is made for those who desire the full monty when it comes to the company's M division. 

That's why I'd recommend the M8 Competition coupe, because it has the complete roster of go-fast goodies and is better suited to racetrack action than the convertible. 

2020 BMW M8

Both versions are a serious investment, and those who have the means to buy either can likely afford to load up on the options. However, the M8 comes with a handsome amount of standard luxuries, so I'd be less spendy than most. 

Besides, the only remaining performance upgrade is the M Carbon Ceramic Brakes. 

2020 BMW M8

These are built to better withstand track abuse, and BMW says that they reduce weight, so I'd add them to fully experience the car's potential. 

I'd pass on the various driver-assistance packages as well as the handful of other options.

The BMW M8 Gran Coupe is a beautiful 600 hp 4-door -
2020 BMW M8

Engine, Transmission, and Performance

The M8 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8, which makes 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. The Competition versions generate another 17 ponies. 

Every M8 uses an eight-speed automatic transmission and a rear-biased all-wheel-drive system that can disengage power to the front axle. This impressive drive-train is also shared with the BMW M5. I expect acceleration times to be in the same eye-widening range as the M5 competition. 

2020 BMW M8

Compared with the M8, the Comp models receive a firmer suspension, sportier-sounding exhaust system, unique "Track" drive mode, and special wheels. 

Despite an exhaust note that doesn’t quite excite like rivals from Mercedes-AMG, the BMW is blindingly quick, and its automatic is brilliantly perceptive. 

Although the all-wheel-drive system is intended to provide rear-drive thrills, I found that provoking power slides is best left for the safety of an empty parking lot.

2020 BMW M8

However, don't mistake its pleasantness for weakness. 

The M8 chassis has tremendous levels of grip and telegraphs some feedback to the thick-rimmed steering wheel. 

The M8's combination of quickness and nimbleness makes it a compelling partner anytime the road opens up or turns twisty. 

Unfortunately, The braking system's adjustable pedal feel less-than-engaging.

2020 BMW M8 First Look: The Two-Door Autobahn Missile
2020 BMW M8

Fuel Economy and Real-World MPG

The EPA estimates that all 2020 M8 models will be equally fuel inefficient in the city and on the highway. 

That is to say they're all expected to earn 15 mpg city and 21 mpg highway.

2020 BMW M8

Interior, Comfort, and Cargo

As with most BMW M cars, the M8's interior design and passenger space are virtually identical to the regular models'. 

Although the design doesn't strike me, the leather surfaces are beautifully stitched together and the trim pieces are appropriately upscale. 

2020 BMW M8

Every M8 comes standard with luxurious features that include customizable ambient lighting, a 12.1-inch digital gauge cluster, heated and ventilated front seats, a Nappa leather-covered dashboard, a power-adjustable steering wheel, and wireless charging. 

2020 BMW M8

2020 BMW M8

Its cabin provides plenty of space for front-seat passengers but makes those banished to the small back seat feel like second-class citizens. 

Those who want an M8 and need to regularly shuttle more than two people will want to consider the much roomier, four-door M8 Gran Coupe. 

It manages to fit five carry-on suitcases in the trunk of a regular 8-series coupe, so I expect the M8 to provide the same amount of storage.

2020 BMW M8 Coupe interior design
2020 BMW M8

2020 BMW M8

Infotainment and Connectivity

Nestled in the middle of the dashboard on every M8 is a 10.25-inch touchscreen that acts as the hub of BMW's iDrive 7.0 infotainment system. 

The main display is complemented by a rotary controller and physical buttons on the center console. 

2020 BMW M8

The interface features crisp graphics and quick responses, but some of the menus are heavily packed and require the driver to take their eyes off the road. 

Still, the system's voice commands worked well, and it can even be optioned with gesture controls. 

Desirable standard features include Apple CarPlay (but not Android Auto), a subscription-based Wi-Fi hotspot, and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system.

2020 BMW M8

Safety and Driver-Assistance Features

The 2020 M8 hasn't been crash tested by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) or the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). 

The coupe and convertible are available with myriad driver-assistance technology, which includes options such as self-parking assist and night vision. 

2020 BMW M8

Key safety features include:

  •  Standard forward-collision warning and automated emergency braking
  •  Available adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go technology
  •  Available blind-spot monitoring

  • 2020 BMW M8

Warranty and Maintenance Coverage

BMW provides a competitive limited and power-train warranty that aligns with those of its high-performance rivals. 

The company also offers one of the longest complimentary maintenance plans in the industry.

  •  Limited warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  •  Power-train warranty covers four years or 50,000 miles
  •  Complimentary maintenance is covered for three years or 36,000 miles.

  • 2020 BMW M8


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