New 2019 BMW M8 Gran Coupe joins performance line-up

The new BMW M8 Gran Coupe range-topping four-door coupe arrives at Los Angeles with a 616bhp twin-turbo V8

The new BMW M8 Gran Coupe – the German brand’s latest rival to the Porsche Panamera Turbo - has made its public debut at the 2019 Los Angeles Motor Show. Like all of BMW’s most recent M-division vehicles, customers in the UK will only be offered the most potent Competition variant. Prices start from £120,935, with first deliveries expected to arrive in early 2020.

Exterior styling revisions over the standard 8 Series Gran Coupe include a set of lightweight 20-inch alloy wheels, an aggressive body kit, a new boot spoiler, a wider track and a unique active exhaust system with quad-exit tailpipes. BMW has also fitted a carbon fibre-reinforced plastic roof, which provides the M8 Gran Coupe with a lower centre of gravity.

BMW 840i Gran Coupe review

Under the bonnet sits BMW’s familiar twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine that develops 616bhp and 750Nm of torque. It sends its power to a rear-biased four-wheel-drive system via an eight-speed automatic gearbox, which enables a 0-62mph time of 3.2 seconds and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph.

BMW has also fitted the M8 Gran Coupe with a range of chassis upgrades, including adaptive dampers, larger brakes, an X-brace for the front suspension towers and an active limited slip differential. Like the new BMW M5, drivers can also disengage the M8 Gran Coupe’s front drive shaft and send all of the engine’s power to the rear wheels.

Inside, buyers get a pair of electrically adjustable leather-trimmed sports seats, a sports steering wheel, carbon fibre interior trim, an ambient interior lighting system, a 10.25-inch infotainment system and a 12.3-inch digital instrument binnacle with a range of M-specific menus and readouts. BMW’s parking assistant is also fitted as standard, which includes a rear view camera.

Buyers can use the M8’s infotainment system to individually configure the characteristics of their car’s engine, transmission, chassis, traction control and steering systems. The M8 Gran Coupe can store two unique configurations at a time, while BMW’s own “M” setup can be selected by pushing a button on the car’s centre console.

The BMW M8 Gran Coupe can be specced with an exhaustive range of standard safety equipment. Additions include active cruise control, lane keeping assist with active side collision protection and a wrong-way warning. Buyers can also spec BMW’s Laserlight LED headlights, which generates a high-beam range of up to 600 metres.

Other optional extras include carbon ceramic brakes, additional alloy wheel designs and BMW M Driver’s package, which raises the car’s top speed to 190mph.

Elsewhere, buyers can spec ventilated seats, leather and Alcantara upholstery, electrically operated sun blinds, four-zone automatic climate control and a 16-speaker Bowers & Wilkins sound system.

What do you make of the new BMW M8 Gran Coupe? Let us know in the comments section below… 

Recommended

BMW 8 Series review
BMW 8 Series front
BMW 8 Series

BMW 8 Series review

Muscle car performance and proportions give BMW’s 8 Series old-school appeal, but it’s packed with the latest technology
11 Jun 2021
New BMW M8 CS spotted testing at the Nurburgring
BMW M8 CS - front
BMW 8 Series

New BMW M8 CS spotted testing at the Nurburgring

Hot BMW M8 CS will get a little more power and a lot more aero
20 May 2021
Facelifted 2022 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe spotted
Facelifted 2022 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe spotted
News

Facelifted 2022 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe spotted

New BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe gets ready for nip-tuck with updated looks
12 Mar 2021

Most Popular

New 2021 Kia EV6 boasts up to 328 miles of range
Kia EV6 - front
Kia EV6

New 2021 Kia EV6 boasts up to 328 miles of range

Kia reveals more specs for its bespoke electric car, with the EV6 offering long range and an 18-minute 80 per cent rapid recharge time
21 Jul 2021
New 2022 Range Rover Sport spotted testing on the road
Range Rover Sport spyshot 1
Land Rover Range Rover Sport

New 2022 Range Rover Sport spotted testing on the road

Land Rover’s replacement for the Range Rover Sport will get racier styling and an all-new electric-ready platform
20 Jul 2021
New 2021 Audi RS 3: 395bhp mega hatch priced from £50,900
Audi RS 3 Sportback - front
Audi RS3

New 2021 Audi RS 3: 395bhp mega hatch priced from £50,900

Full exterior and interior reveal for Audi RS 3, with aggressive styling and racy cabin to match strong performance
19 Jul 2021