MOTOR’s editor, Ray Leathern, is on the frontlines, bringing you the reveals that matter from this year’s IAA motor show in Frankfurt. Like the latest BMW M8 Coupe/Cabriolet.
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Also fresh to the Frankfurt motor show floor, meet the new BMW M8, a performance coupè that’ll harass supercars with its elegant yet aggressive styling. The up-tuned 4.4-litre V8 engine represents all the fire power BMW M currently has on offer and is a masterpiece of modern engineering. It’s the same engine found in the frankly epic M5 Competition, and one that offers mammoth performance, razor-sharp response and accessible power throughout an exceptionally wide rev band.
In the new BMW M8 Coupè and Convertible, the motor serves up peak torque of 750 Nm between 1 800 and 5 600 rpm and 441 kW at 6 000 rpm en route to a bassy 7 200 rpm redline. The Competition model offers the same 750 Nm but sustains its peak torque for 200 rpm more, now up to 5 800 rpm, and develops a whopping maximum power output of 460 kW. The most powerful engine to come out the M division to date, as mentioned.
With both turbos nestled within the V of the engine a sophisticated cooling system is required. There are, for example, high-temperature water circuits, an additional engine oil cooler and separate transmission oil cooler.
New M8 models are equipped as standard with a quick-fire 8-speed ZF automatic transmission and trick M xDrive four-wheel drive system to put all that firepower onto asphalt. M-specific adaptive suspension with electronically controlled dampers and an active M differential are all part of the package, too.
All things considered, the M8 will surge to 100 km/h from standstill in 3.3 sec while the Competition shaves off 0.1 seconds. Both are electronically limited to 250 km/h with the option to have the limiter lifted to 305 km/h. We can’t imagine too many buyers won’t be ticking that option box.