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BMW M8 2020: Munich's quickest car ever revealed

Would you buy an M8 over other fast coupes?

After a long teaser campaign, BMW has finally revealed the M8, which has become the fastest accelerating production BMW ever with a claimed 0-100km/h time of as little as 3.2 seconds.

Using the same 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged petrol V8 as the M5 super sedan, the M8 produces 441kW of power in standard form and 460kW in the Competition variant. Both produce the same 750Nm of torque and like the M5, Australia is expected to receive only the Competition. For the record, the non-Competition M8 hits 100km/h in 3.3 seconds.

The M8's power is sent through an eight-speed automatic transmission to BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system, which - like the M5 - can decouple the front axle to become rear-wheel drive in a so-called ‘drift mode’. The M8 Competition hits an electronically limited top speed of 305km/h. 

The M8 Competition convertible is slightly slower to 100km/h at a claimed 3.3 seconds. The M8 Competition convertible is slightly slower to 100km/h at a claimed 3.3 seconds.

The car’s chassis has been stiffened to help with the extra power and according to BMW, the M8’s centre of gravity is 24mm lower than the M5. Adaptive suspension is standard, as well as an active differential for the rear axle.

The exterior of the M8 looks tougher than the regular 8 Series. Standard fit are new 20-inch alloy wheels, as well as larger air intakes and front, side and rear spoilers for a pumped-up look.

There are many M touches inside the cabin of the M8. There are many M touches inside the cabin of the M8.

The M8 also debuts the company’s new adaptive braking system, which allows drivers to adjust brake feel on demand.

The inside the M8, there are M badges on the steering wheel, seats and gearknob. Heavily bolstered M seats are available in a range of colours, while the configurable driver’s display has also been designed for greater driver focus. Carbon fibre inlays are standard for a sportier look. 

The M8 will compete with other super GTs such as the Aston Martin DB11 ($374,995), Mercedes-AMG S63 ($372,900) and Bentley Continental GT ($422,000).

The M8 convertible's roof takes 15 seconds to fully raise or lower. The M8 convertible's roof takes 15 seconds to fully raise or lower.

BMW Australia is yet to confirm local availability for the M8, though it’s likely to arrive down under in 2020 priced above the $272,900 M850i.

Is the M8 your choice of super GT? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.