The new 2020 BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe has been unveiled today, joining its Coupe and Convertible siblings to round out the new M8 family. You'll remember you got your first look at this hero last year, in concept form.
Timed to land alongside the M8 Competition Coupe, the M8 Gran Coupe Competition will touch down in Australia early next year.
Like the M8 Coupe Competition, the 2020 M8 Gran Coupe pushes 460kW and 750Nm out of its twin-scroll turbocharged 4.4-litre petrol V8 engine, powering to 100km/h in just 3.2 seconds – matching the two-door variant.
Power is sent to BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system through an eight-speed M Steptronic auto.
Like the Coupe, the M-tuned Gran Coupe defaults to '4WD' mode, but drivers can also choose 4WD Sport mode to send a greater proportion of power to the rear (BMW M hasn't specified ratios), or deactivate DSC to go exclusively rear-wheel drive.
The usual trickery abounds, including electronically controlled dampers and electromechanical M Servotronic steering, along with a new-design integrated braking system with two brake pedal settings to suit driving style and specific situations.
All of this is matched to a soundtrack delivered through a sports exhaust setup that promises a "racecar-like note". Handy, as the big four-door coupe was developed alongside the M8 GTE racer.
As for why you'd bother with the M8 Gran Coupe over the M8 Coupe: a 200mm-longer wheelbase offers more space ("exceptional space") in the rear, of course.
Also inside are M Sport front seats with integrated illuminated badging (light up all the things) and two-tone leather trim. There's also M-specific readouts on the instrument cluster, main display and head-up display.
Set for its official public debut at next month's Los Angeles motor show, the M8 Competition Gran Coupe (there won't be a non-Comp version) will hit Australia in the second quarter of 2020, alongside the Coupe.
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