The BMW M8 Competition gets a high-performance braking system for cornering

Braking. You’d think the very thought of it would repulse most professional racing drivers. But their speed on the track deceives and having a high-performance braking system in place is extremely important for keeping the pace. Ironically.

There’s a lot of time to be won or lost by pushing those pedals and the BMW M8 Competition model comes with two different M-compound brake pedal feel settings.

“M” stands for Motorsport  and over the years, BMW have made our mouths water at motor shows and have padded out their portfolio with specially modified higher-trim models. Tweaks to trim have included traditionally modified engines, transmissions, suspensions, interior trims, aerodynamics, and exterior modifications.

The idea behind the Competition model was to blend the luxury of the BMW 8 Series with historical race-track performance.

The BMW M8 Competition Coupe can sprint from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 3.2 seconds, which is 0.1 seconds faster than the BMW M8 Competition Convertible can soar to the same speed. Approaching corners at the right pace and transferring weight to the rear tyres lets the car brake without losing traction on the track.

So which would surge over the finish line first; the coupe, or convertible? We’re not sure, but we think they would both leave the earlier M8 models for dust.

BMW M8 Competition Coupe
BMW M8 Competition Convertible

How do the BMW M8 Competition models compare to the earlier M8 models?

Standard across all models is the high-revving V8 unit with M TwinPower Turbo technology. The difference between the standard M8 models and Competition models is that in the standard M8 model, this tech develops 441 kW/600 hp whereas in the Competition models, it can deliver a triumphant 460 kW/625 hp.

You pay for the power though, as the BMW M8 Competition model is the most expensive M car EVER. The firm goes as far as describing it as the M Division’s “first foray in the world of luxury motoring”, which might help justify the coupe costing £123,435; the convertible is yet another seven grand – if you can stretch to that!

What are some similarities between the BMW M8 Competition Coupe and the Convertible version?

If there’s one thing that’s for sure, it’s that no-one puts these BM’ babies in the corner.  

From every angle, the bodystyling sports some similarities. Both get a Double Bar sharknose kidney grille and a sculpted bonnet round the front, side gills and mirrors and 20-inch M Light Alloy wheels and an elegant M rear spoiler. 

If you want to refine your road and premium presence further, you can opt for the M Carbon Exterior Package, which includes carbon detailing on the mirror caps, front apron inlays and a rear diffuser and rear spoiler.

Hexagonal quilting on the full-leather seats, finished in Merino black and Midrand beige, and Alcantara anthracite on the side panels shape the interior look.

For prime performance, there’s drivelogic gear selector and 8-Speed M Steptronic gearbox. The driver has the usual choice of three shift programs, as well as the option of changing gear manually using shift paddles on the steering wheel and even performing sporty multiple downshifts.

But we haven’t seen the last of the BMW M8…

In a Geneva teaser last year, BMW bewildered us with BMW M8 Gran Coupe concept car set to be released in 2020. BMW designers say that Gran Coupe has a more powerful side profile with prominent crease lines compared to that of the soft curves of the Coupe.

An obvious difference between the BMW Competition Coupe and the Gran Coupe version is that the latter has four-doors rather than two.

See it in action on the Nurburing racing track below, and stay tuned for next year…

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