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BMW M8 to debut configurable braking system

The high-performance BMW M8 Competition is expected to launch in Australia before year’s end.
Spencer Leech
Contributing Journalist

10 May 2019 • 3 min read

BMW has revealed the M8 Coupe and Convertible will feature a new driver mode display and control system that includes the ability to adjust braking characteristics on the fly.

While M models have long featured configurable engine, chassis, suspension and steering settings, the M8 is the first of its kind to allow drivers to electronically adjust braking feel.

The new system combines the brake activation, booster and braking control functions into a compact module to save weight, and the pedal pressure is controlled by an electric actuator to allow for more precise intervention from the stability control system

Drivers can adjust the brake pedal pressure for a more sedate or performance-oriented feel by toggling between the system’s Comfort and Sport modes.

In Competition guise, the M8 is also equipped with a new M Mode, which allows the driver to activate Road, Sport and Track settings, altering the information presented on the in-car screens and deactivating or reducing intervention from the safety assistance technologies.

Drivers will be able to adjust engine, chassis, suspension, steering and braking settings using a new display and control system. Drivers will be able to adjust engine, chassis, suspension, steering and braking settings using a new display and control system.

Technical specifications for the flagship 8 Series are scarce, however, BMW Group Australia is expected to launch the M8 in high-spec Competition form later this year.

CarsGuide has contacted BMW for an update on the 8 Series’ status Down Under.

BMW Group Australia recently released the first versions of its 8 Series Coupe and Convertible, with the M850i xDrive priced at $272,900 plus on-road costs for the two-door, and $281,900 for the drop-top.

The M850i xDrive is motivated by a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 tuned to produce 390kW and 750Nm, the same engine used in the M5 Competition sedan

While there has been speculation that the M8 will draw power from BMW’s 6.6-litre twin-turbo V12 – as featured in the mechanically related 7 Series range – it's far more likely to utilise a tuned version of the turbo V8.

BMW has also confirmed that rear-wheel-drive sDrive 8 Series variants are on the horizon, however, exact timing and pricing have yet to be revealed.

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