Just a few months ago, the BMW 8 Series passed through our hands in its M850 version, a sophisticated, powerful and technified coupe that is a perfect example of what a modern Gran Turismo should be.
Now it was the turn of the M8 Competition, a vehicle completely reworked by the BMW Motorsport division.
A quick glance and the M8 Competition lets you know it’s different; the grille, trim and lettering in gloss black, carbon fiber inserts in the front blister pack, mirror caps, rear spoiler and diffuser, as well as the canopy create a very sporty and somewhat sinister appearance. The 20-inch wheels look spectacular too.
Although reading the specifications you notice many similarities, 4.4-liter biturbo V8, 8-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive, it is important that you know that the M8 is a very different animal, much more extreme.
First of all, it must be said that the power increases to a whopping 625 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, with which the M8 Competition is capable of doing the 0 – 100 km / h in just 3.2 seconds. It is 95 hp more powerful than the M850, curiously the torque is the same, and in the sprint it is half a second faster.
But as we delve into the details, we can realize that the differences, although they may not seem like it, are great. The driver can configure the operation of different components to his liking, the transmission can be smooth and comfortable, or kick with violence and change very quickly; the suspension is adjustable, but this M8 Competition has a very sporty approach, so the range goes from hard to very hard, which can be very precise on the track.
The brakes deserve special mention, the discs are ventilated and perforated, 395 mm with six-piston calipers at the front and can vary the resistance of the pedal according to the chosen driving mode. That is, in track mode the pedal is much firmer and more responsive than in normal mode.
The all-wheel drive system is the same that debuted in the BMW M5; in normal mode it favors the sending of torque to each wheel seeking the best possible traction; in sport mode there is more power to the rear axle and the best possible sporty driving is sought. Rear-wheel drive only mode is also available, should you want to drift and sideline at the first hint thanks to those massive amounts of power. As a data, the M8 Competition will be faster on the track if you leave the all-wheel drive activated and use it in sport mode.
Behind the wheel, the BMW M8 Competition is enormously fast, which is surprising considering that it weighs close to two tons, all that electronic suspension, traction, brakes and electronics seem to hide its mass.
Inside doors, the experience is unbeatable, the leather-lined seats with diamond-shaped stitching, the Alcantara-lined steering wheel and roof, as well as buttons and other finishes, are of superb quality, while transmitting a very racing atmosphere.
The cluster of instruments is digital, the central touch screen is huge (10.2 ”) and there is also a Head Up Display, with which the M8 Competition also feels modern and very connected.
It is a sports car capable of going on a track day and achieving times comparable to Ferrari and Lamborghini models, without neglecting space and practicality.