“The BMW M8 Competition is a hugely powerful coupe offering a more luxurious and spacious alternative to a Porsche 911 or Audi R8”
The BMW M8 Competition is a seriously powerful two-door coupe from Munich’s legendary performance division. With stunning looks, 616bhp and a £120,000 price tag, it offers buyers shopping for an Aston Martin Vantage, Audi R8 or Porsche 911 a larger, more luxurious rival with four-wheel-drive traction.
It’s possible to send all the power to the rear wheels if you want a pure front-engined, rear-wheel-drive experience, but given the engine’s performance, it may not always be advisable to do so. The M8 Competition is a two-tonne missile that could reach 200mph if it weren’t electronically limited to 155mph (upped to 190mph as an option). While a slightly less powerful, standard M8 is available in some markets, we’re only getting the sharper Competition version in the UK. Acceleration from its twin-turbo V8 is eye-watering, with 0-62mph taking just 3.2 seconds, but even with all the performance boxes ticked, it feels like there’s something lacking.
An uninspiring exhaust note and the M8 Competition’s size and weight means it feels more like a seriously quick grand tourer than an agile sports car and, even in its most hardcore settings, it arguably feels too sensible. This is exacerbated by its interior, which is more luxurious and comfortable than sportier rivals.
Its sumptuous leather seats, the effortless power of its engine and a smooth eight-speed automatic actually make it closer to a cut-price Bentley Continental GT. The M8 is a car that’s ideal for covering huge distances very quickly, rather than one to push hard on a twisty road for the sake of it.
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