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BMW M8 (F91/F92/F93)
BMW M8 at IAA 2019 IMG 0637.jpg
Overview
ManufacturerBMW M GmbH
Production2019–present
AssemblyGermany: Dingolfing
Body and chassis
ClassGrand tourer (S)
Body style
LayoutFront-engine, all-wheel drive
RelatedBMW 8 Series (G15)
Powertrain
Engine4.4 L S63 V8 turbo
Transmission8-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase
  • F91/F92: 2,822 mm (111 in)
  • F93: 3,023 mm (119 in)
Length
  • 4,867–5,098 mm (191.6–200.7 in)
Width
  • 1,907–1,943 mm (75.1–76.5 in)
Height
  • 1,341–1,399 mm (52.8–55.1 in)
Curb weight
  • 1,885–2,032 kg (4,156–4,480 lb)
Chronology
PredecessorBMW M6 (F06/F12/F13)

The BMW M8 is the high performance version of the BMW 8 Series (G15) marketed under the BMW M sub-brand.

Released in June 2019, the M8 was initially produced in the 2-door convertible (F91 model code) and 2-door coupe (F92 model code) body styles.[1][2] A 4-door fastback sedan (F93 model code, marketed as 'Gran Coupe') body style was added to the lineup in October 2019.[3][4][5][6] The M8 is powered by the BMW S63 twin-turbocharged V8 engine shared with the BMW M5 (F90).

Development and launch

BMW M8 Gran Coupé Concept
BMW M8 Gran Coupé Concept

BMW revived the 8 Series nameplate by introducing the M8 GTE, which replaced the M6 GTLM at the end of the 2017 season of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, leading to speculation about a production equivalent to the racing car.[7] At the 2018 Geneva Motor Show, BMW introduced the M8 Gran Coupé Concept, which previewed a high performance four-door variant of the Concept 8 Series introduced alongside the M8 GTE at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. The design of the concept was based on the M8 GTE and sported aggressive M performance visual parts.[8] Prototypes of the M8 began testing in June 2017 when another Concept of the 8 Series was unveiled to the public.[9]

Development of the M8 continued into 2018 and more production ready prototypes were made available to the automotive press for review.[10] The car was finally introduced online on 4 June 2019 in the high performance "Competition" variation in coupé and convertible bodystyles.[11] Production began in August 2019.[12][13]

Specifications

F92 Coupe
F91 Convertible

The M8 is based on the BMW CLAR platform,[14] with MacPherson strut suspension at the front and multi-link suspension at the rear. Adaptive dampers are standard equipment. The all-wheel-drive system (called xDrive) has the ability to decouple its front axle to make the car purely rear-wheel-drive, a feature first introduced on the M5.[15]

The M8 is powered by a version of the BMW S63 twin-turbocharged V8 engine which is shared with the M5, X5M and X6M models. This engine is rated at 441 kW (591 hp) at 6,000 rpm and 750 N⋅m (553 lb⋅ft) in the standard M8 model, with peak power increasing to 460 kW (617 hp) at 6,000 rpm, while torque remains the same for the M8 Competition model.[16] The sole transmission available for the M8 is an 8-speed torque converter ZF 8HP76 automatic transmission manufactured by ZF Friedrichshafen called the "M-Steptronic" by BMW and also shared with the F90 M5.[17][18]

The standard brakes consist of iron discs, with carbon ceramic brakes being optional.[19][20] The level of power assist for the brakes can be set to either ‘comfort’ or ‘sport’ mode using the iDrive controller, a feature which has been criticised for resulting in inconsistent brake pedal feel.[21]

The "M8 Competition" is the upper model of the range, with changes including increased engine power, a modified induction system and more rigid engine mounts.[22][23]

The unladen kerb weight of 2019 M8 Competition model sold in the United Kingdom is 1,885 kg (4,156 lb) for the coupé[24] and 2,010 kg (4,431 lb) for the convertible.[25] The Gran Coupe body style has a kerb weight of 2,032 kg (4,480 lb)[citation needed].

Performance

Performance figures include a 0–100 km/h (62 mph) acceleration time of 3.3 seconds (3.2 seconds for the M8 Competition), 0–200 km/h (124 mph) acceleration time of 10.8 seconds (10.6 seconds for the M8 Competition) and a limited top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph). The top speed can be raised to 305 km/h (190 mph) with the optional M Driver's package which also adds high speed rated tyres to the car.[11][26]

Motorsport

M8 GTE

BMW M8 GTE
BMW M8 GTE

The racing version of the M8 called the M8 GTE was introduced at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show.[27] The car made its competitive debut at the 2018 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship[28] and the FIA WEC for the 2018 season marking BMW's return to endurance racing after 6 years.

M8 Safety car

In 2019, during the MotoGP Austrian Grand Prix, the M8 Competition made its debut as the official safety car, replacing the M5 Safety Car.[29]

References

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  2. ^ "WORLD PREMIERE: The stunning and powerful BMW M8 Convertible". www.bmwblog.com. 4 June 2019. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  3. ^ "The New 2020 BMW M8 Coupe and Convertible". www.bmwgroup.com. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  4. ^ "2020 BMW M8 Convertible". www.topspeed.com. Retrieved 7 October 2019.
  5. ^ "BMW M8 Gran Coupe: A Fire-Breathing Four-Door With Up To 617 HP". www.motor1.com. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Just Look At How Purple This 600 HP BMW M8 Gran Coupe Is". jalopnik.com. Retrieved 9 October 2019.
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  10. ^ "New BMW M8: 600bhp-plus super coupe prototype track ride". www.autocar.co.uk. 2018-11-08. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  11. ^ a b "New 2019 BMW M8 Competition storms in with 616bhp". Auto Express. 2019-06-04. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  12. ^ "Start of production for three new BMW 8 Series models". www.bmwgroup.com. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  13. ^ "BMW Begins Production of the 8 Series Gran Coupe & M8 Competition". www.bimmerfile.com. 6 August 2019. Retrieved 5 October 2019.
  14. ^ "New BMW 8 Series Set to Return in 2018". www.autocar.co.uk. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
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  17. ^ "2020 BMW M8 Coming With RWD Mode, More Than 600 Horsepower". www.autoevolution.com. 9 November 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2019.
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  19. ^ "The 2020 BMW M8 Will Have Adjustable Brake-Pedal Feel". www.caranddriver.com. 9 May 2019. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  20. ^ "2020 BMW M8 Teased With M Mode, New Brake Technology". www.motor1.com. Retrieved 29 November 2019.
  21. ^ "The BMW M8 Has an Adjustable Brake-by-Wire System No One Asked For". www.roadandtrack.com. 9 May 2019. Retrieved 19 October 2019.
  22. ^ "New 2019 BMW M8 Competition revealed – the 8-series we've been waiting for". Evo. 2019-06-04. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  23. ^ "New BMW M8 revealed with up to 616bhp". www.autocar.co.uk. 2019-06-04. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  24. ^ "The New M8 Competition Coupé". www.bmw.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  25. ^ "BMW M8 Competition Convertible". www.bmw.co.uk. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  26. ^ "BMW M8 Coupe specs & photos - 2019". autoevolution. 2019-06-06. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
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