This is the heavyweight champ in BMW’s lineup right now. It’s for people who are looking for one car to do it all. Thanks to its technical wizardry — the M differential, M-specific all-wheel drive and on and on — it really is a jack of all trades.
Photos don’t do it justice. It’s truly massive. On the road it looks incredibly long and low, like a bullet train going down the highway. This car is no shrinking violet. Its presence is undeniable.
It’s worth noting that BMW has recently revamped its online car configurator and it’s now a joy to use. (There goes the afternoon.)
So, for our Sharp Build on the M8 Gran Coupé, we leaned into BMW’s extensive option list to give people plenty to ogle.
Naturally, we went for for the full-fat Competition model because while 600 horsepower is good, 617 is better. Zero to 100 km/h takes just 3.2 seconds, which is eye-poppingly quick for a family-friendly land yacht.
The $0 cost Star Spoke 813 M rims are some of the coolest hoops available from any brand right now, so that’s a no-brainer. As much as we like the paint colour — Sonic Speed Blue is like looking down into crystal clear tropical water — this car is really about the details. We’re partial to the two-tone Navy Blue individual leather with the Ash Grey wood trim.
The Competition comes fully-loaded for the most part, as you can see from the long list of $0 options below. On the performance front however, we’ll take the full suite of carbon, including carbon brakes (for extra stopping power) and carbon engine cover (for extra style).
All told we spent $191,454 before taxes. The base price of the M8 Gran Coupé Competition is $161,000, to which we added a modest (by our standards) $27,200 in options, most of which is the $14,000 Individual Manufacktur package. It includes vented seats, B&W Diamond stereo, upgraded diving assists, carbon exterior trim and more.
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