The first BMW M8 Gran Coupe will launch in Australia for $349,900 (plus on-road costs) later this year.
That big sticker price will put the M8 Gran Coupe as the third-most expensive model in the brand’s range, behind the M8 Competition Coupe ($352,900), and the M760Li sports limousine ($378,900).
As with the soon-to-arrive M8 Coupe, the Gran Coupe gets the full-spec Competition kit as standard, meaning a 4.4-litre TwinPower turbo-petrol V8 engine producing 460kW of power and 750Nm of torque.
Those figures propel the M8 Gran Coupe from 0-100km/h in just 3.2 seconds, according to BMW. It runs the brand’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system and has an eight-speed automatic transmission.
As you’d expect for the asking price, the standard specification list is extensive for this luxurious speed demon, including an M Sport exhaust system “for racecar-like sound”, as well as other go-fast bits like an M Sport differential. It rides on 20-inch M light alloy wheels, and under the bonnet is an M carbon engine cover. The roof is carbon, too, and the headlights are BMW Laserlight units with auto high beam.
Luxury inclusions comprise multi-way electric seat adjustment up front, heating and ventilation for the front seats and lumbar support, heating for the arm rests, a heated steering wheel, quad-zone climate control, carbon-fibre interior trim, M seatbelts, electric sun-blinds in the rear, an Alcantara headliner, 'Merino' full leather seat trim, and BMW will even throw in velour floor mats.
Media is controlled through a central 12.3-inch touchscreen with Bluetooth, DAB+ digital radio, Apple CarPlay (no Android Auto), wireless phone charging, Bower & Wilkins surround sound system, gesture control and rotary dial system, BMW’s ConnectedDrive online services, a DriveRecorder dash cam system, and there’s a surround-view camera with Parking Assistant Plus, as well as BMW’s Night Vision camera system with pedestrian recognition.
There’s also tyre pressure monitoring, a tyre repair kit, alarm system, an automatic tailgate, smart key entry, push-button start, BMW display key, and soft-close doors.
Stay tuned for our review of the BMW M8 Gran Coupe Competition model, which is set to arrive in Australia in the second quarter of this year.