2020 BMW M8 Coupe

2020 MODEL
$133,000 - $146,000
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2020 BMW M8 Coupe Complete In-depth Review & Buying Guide

Updated on: April 30, 2020
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Swapnil Kulshrestha

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It’s the year 2020, you are on a short cruise in the countryside, measuring the lengths of the highway, suddenly you notice a set of menacing DRLs in your rear-view mirror approaching you. And in the blink of an eye, *poof* those DRLs surpass you. You try your best to get a glimpse of it, but that vehicle is far-far away from any visual contact. That, my friend, was the 2020 BMW M8 Coupe.

 

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Pros

Enthralling to Ride

Above-average fuel economy

Superior Performance

Long list of standard features

Outstanding build quality

Cons

Cramped rear seats

Resale value may not hold up as well as some other adversaries

What's New?

The Car made fresh debut for 2020

High performance and handling compared to standard 8 series

BMW 8 Series gets full M division treatment for first time


Features

vehicle bio

base price

$133000

bodystyle

2dr Coupe

passenger capacity

4

top speed

190 mph

drivetrain

AWD

engine type

displacement

268 cu.in.

horsepower

600 hp @ 6000 rpm

torque

553 lbs.-ft. @ 1800 rpm

transmission

8 speed automatic

chassis

frame type

Unibody

suspension front

Independent front double wishbone suspension w/anti-roll bar

suspension rear

Independent rear multi-link suspension w/anti-roll bar

dimensions

wheelbase

111.1 in.

length

191.2 in.

width

74.9 in.

height

53 in.

curb weight

4295 lbs.

ground clearance

5 in.

capacity

passenger volume

81 cu ft.

cargo volume

14.8 cu ft.

payload capacity

910 lbs.

fuel economy

city/combined/highway

18/20/25 mpg

warranty

basic warranty

4 yr./ 50000 mi.

powertrain warranty

4 yr. / 50000 mi.

corrosion warranty

12 yr. / unlimited


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Exterior
Interior
Videos
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Styles

2020 BMW M8 Coupe in Almandine Brown Metallic color 2020 BMW M8 Coupe in Alpine White color 2020 BMW M8 Coupe in Black Sapphire Metallic color 2020 BMW M8 Coupe in Donington Gray Metallic color
Almandine Brown Metallic

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Ratings

Features

8.0

Engine And Performance

8.0

Fuel Economy

4.0

Exterior

9.0

6.8

OVERALL RATING

Trims and Configurations

MSRP


2020 BMW M8 Coupe Base

Base

power
600 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$133,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (4.4L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $133,000 MSRP TBD 600 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4.4 L, V-8,
8-Speed Sport Automatic all wheel drive 4

2020 BMW M8 Coupe Competition

Competition

power
617 hp @ 6000 rpm
fuel
TBD
mpg
TBD

$146,000


Style Prices MPG Engine Transmission Drivetrain Seats Colors
Competiton xDrive 2dr Coupe AWD (4.4L 8cyl 8A) Starting at $146,000 MSRP TBD 617 hp @ 6000 rpm, 4.4 L, V-8,
8-Speed Sport Automatic all wheel drive 4

Expert Review

6.8

Overall Rating


The Bavarians are all-set to roll-out the BMW M8, and it’s nothing less than an engineering marvel. Fitted with a venomous 4.4 liter V8, the M8 is the new flagship model from BMW, replacing the M850i, and the organization has gone all guns blazing with their latest offering. With Avant-garde tech on board, blended with a cosmopolitan interior, the M8 Coupe is a clear lifestyle statement. 

The BMW M8 Coupe comes in the core and the Competition model and offers a lot of optional extras. This Bimmer offering goes against some big-time heavyweights such as the Mercedes Benz AMG S63 Coupe, and the Porsche 911. So will the Bavarians be able to knock these rivals off with their hottest flagship? Let’s find out.

2020 BMW M8 Coupe Front View
2020 BMW M8 Coupe Rear View

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Features

 

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Engine and Performance

 

4.0/10
Fuel Economy

 
 

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Exterior

 
 
 
 

2020 BMW M8 Coupe Features

8.0/10

With a 4.4-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo V-8 underneath its hood, the BMW M8 is a highly potent missile that’s always aiming to devastate its competitors. The Bavarians have placed this “Hellfire” on pedestals in two trims, the stock M8 Coupe and the M8 Competiton. Both variants are equally loaded with tech and features and it’s hard to tell one from the other, without actually getting behind the steering wheel.

The latter version induces the iconic BMW’s Competition package to the ride, thus enhancing its potency from the stock 600 hp to 617 hp. Torque remains the same in both cases. Moreover, the Competition package also adds several performance tweaks to the ride. However, these Competiton upgrades drain out an additional $13,000 over the standard M8 Coupe.

Trims

M8 AWD Coupe

M8 Competition AWD Coupe

MSRP (AWD)

$133,000

$146,000

Key Features

HD radio

Adds/Upgrades these from the previous trim

 

Bluetooth

Additional 17hp motor output

 

Premium sound system

M Sport exhaust system

 

WiFi hotspot and Telematics

Extended shadow line trim

 

Head-up display

M Safety belts

 

Multi-zone A/C

20” Forged M Star-spoke bi-color alloys

 

Seat-massage

Full Merino Leather/Alcantara door panel stitching and back panels

 

Heated/cooled seats

 
 

Carbon fiber trim

 
 

Sound control for exhaust

 
 

Live Cockpit professional

 

We recommend:

Considering the fact that the M8 competition, packs in a more powerful motor and some extra goodies over the standard M8, we’d recommend you to go for the M8 Competition Coupe. Though this recommendation will drain out an additional sum of $13,000, but when you are spending that much money on the standard M8, to dismantle the fellow cars, why not spend a bit extra and simply demolish them once and for all. 

2020 BMW M8 Coupe Engine and Performance

8.0/10

The BMW M8 is your ticket to a high-octane, adrenaline-pumping amusement ride, in a 4 wheel guise. Beneath that macho, low stance hood the BMW M8 houses a 4.4-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo V-8, which can produce an easy peasy 600 hp, and 553 lb.-ft, of torque at any given point of time. Get inside an M8 Competition, and the power figures take a leap from 600 hp to 617 hp, thus elevating that plunge you feel at the stroke of the gas pedal. 

2020 BMW M8 Coupe 4.4-liter BMW M TwinPower Turbo V-8 Engine

From there, an automatic 8-speed transmission takes the command, delivering the power to all four wheels of the ride. The transmission arrangement is biased towards the rear wheels, delivering more power to the backside of the ride. However, the driver has the option to turn on a special rear-wheel-drive-only mode for some rasping powerslides.

Models

BMW M8 Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Coupe

Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe

Jaguar F-type SVR

MSRP

$133,000

$167,700

$190,700

$123,600

Engine

4.4L BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8

4L Biturbo V8

3.L Flat 6

5L Intercooled Supercharger V8

Drivetrain AWD AWD AWD AWD

Transmission

8-Speed Automatic w/OD and Auto-Manual

9-Speed Automatic

7-Speed Automatic

8-Speed Automatic

Power

600hp@6,000rpm

603hp@5,500rpm

580hp@6,750 rpm

575 hp@6500rpm

Torque

553lb-ft@1,800rpm

664lb-ft@2,750rpm

516lb-ft@2,100rpm

516lb-ft@3500rpm

The BMW M8 presents us with mighty power figures. With 600 hp, and 553 lb.-ft. Of torque under its belt, the ride is a major’s league altogether. The only rival that surpasses the M8 in terms of power figures is the Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Coupe, with stats of 603 hp, and 664 lb.ft. of torque. The Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe ranks third, owing to the 580 hp produced underneath its hood. The Jaguar F-type SVR ranks last in this comparison. However, eyeing the S63’s hefty weight and massive dimensions, the question remains whether the ride beats the M8 in the performance aspect as well?

How fast is the BMW M8 Coupe?

The 2020 BMW M8 Coupe employs an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission, which is bound to deliver the rush of those 600 ponies to all the wheels. However, the transmission appears to be fonder of the rear wheels, transmitting more power towards the back end of this coupe. 

The BMW M8 can sprint from 0-60 MPH in 3.1 seconds

The BMW M8 can sprint from 0-60 MPH in 3.1 seconds, whereas the M8 Competition takes 3.0 seconds to attain these digits on the speedometer. These figures lend the M8 a spot in the “Sacred 3” league, making it one of the world’s quickest GT cars.

The top speed of this M8 has been electronically capped at 155 miles per hour. The optional M Driver’s package shifts that limit up to 190 miles per hour.

Model

BMW M8 Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Coupe

Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe

Jaguar F-type SVR

0-60 MPH

3.1 sec

3.4 sec

2.8 sec

3.4 sec

Quarter Mile

N/A

11.6 sec

10.7 sec

11.7 sec

Top Speed 189 MPH 190 MPH 205 MPH 200 MPH

Engine

4.4L BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8

4L Biturbo V8

3.L Flat 6

5L Intercooled Supercharger V8

As expected the Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Coupe takes a bow to the M8, with its hunky weight, and massive dimensions hindering its 0-60 sprint time. The Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe, defying all odds teases its tail lamps to all the other rivals, with an appalling 0-60 time of 2.8 seconds.

What about the braking performance of the BMW M8?

The BMW M8 comes fitted with compound brakes from the factory. These brakes are based on the brake-by-wire system, that can alter the brake pedal feel depending upon the mode your M8 is cruising in. Turn on the Comfort mode, and what you get is a soft pedal feel, that feels easy to modulate. Engage the Sport mode, and you just lent the brake pedal a short and grabby feel. 

The BMW M8 Front And Rear Brake 15.5 in.

This Integrated Brake System allows you to configure the braking performance of your ride at the push of a button. This arrangement counts for another innovative aspect of the M8, making it the first in the history of M.

Model

BMW M8 Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Coupe

Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe

Jaguar F-type SVR

Brake Rotors Front

15.5"

15.4"

16.1"

15"

Brake Rotors Rear

15.5"

14.2"

15.4"

14.8"

Curb Weight

4,560 lbs

4586 lbs

3,571 lbs

3459 lbs

60-0 MPH

N/A

157 ft

133 ft

N/A

Though the 60-0 data is not yet available for the BMW M8, yet the ride comes fitted with the biggest set of rotors. The carbon-ceramic brakes with six-piston calipers can make the M8 come to a halt from high speeds, with the utmost ease.  

What about its driving dynamics?

 The BMW M8 is projected by the company as a pinnacle of engineering advancements, and the ride fully stands upon this notion. The BMW M8 hustles with utmost honesty on sharp turns and corners and seems far better at it than the M850i. There is far less body-roll in the M8 as compared to the M850i. However, the front tires still have a propensity to give up the grip first, but the rear end does a fabulous job of swinging around the bend, thus making the M8 a commanding corner maestro. 

When on track, you’ll be reminded again and again of the heft you are pulling around, but the M8 does a fine job of compensating for this mass, by its marvelous stability and traction controls. The BMW M8 is highly versatile when it comes to its throttle response, exhaust sound, and suspension stiffness settings, offering you 3 modes to choose from. The two added red buttons on the steering wheel, serve as presets for the two most potent drive settings, which are M1 and M2.

The 2020 BMW M8 Rear View

The M8 does not limit its fineness merely to the track, or pleasant roads. Take the ride out for a spin on uneven pavements, and the ride quality does not depreciate a bit. The stiff suspension swallows the bumps and breaks with supreme ease. The adaptive suspension reads road conditions, steer and passenger movements to accordingly adjust each damper individually, thus enhancing the M8’s performance in such conditions. 

The M8’s adaptive quotient extends further to its steering wheel as well. The M Servotronic power steering of the BMW M8 can be adjusted either to Comfort mode or Sport mode depending on the driving conditions. Thus the steering’s stability and responsiveness are the least things to worry about, in any given scenario. 

2020 BMW M8 Coupe Fuel Economy

4.0/10

With 600 ponies tucked underneath its hood and 553 lb.ft. of torque in a bundle with the hefty weight, the BMW M8 may get perceived as an absolute fuel guzzler. However, that’s just not the case here. 

The BMW returns 15 miles per gallon in the city, 21 miles per gallon on the highway and 17 miles per gallon combined. Eyeing the power of this Bimmer, and considering its lethal track character, these are a respectable set of figures.

Model

BMW M8 Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Coupe

Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe

Jaguar F-type SVR

MPG (City)

15

17

19

16

MPG (Highway)

21

27

24

24

MPG (Combined)

17

22

21

18

Fuel Capacity

20.1 gallons

20.7 gallons

17.6 gallons

18.5 gallons

Range (City/Hwy/Combined)

301/422/341 miles

352/559/455 miles

334/422/369 miles

296/444/333 miles

Emission (Tons/yr of CO2 Emissions @ 15K mi/yr) N/A N/A N/A N/A

The BMW M8 Coupe’s power figures may seem a bit undermined in this comparison, but keeping in mind the power difference between the M8 and the rivals, these figures speak for themselves. The Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Coupe presents us with the best-in-class fuel figures, followed up closely by the Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe. The BMW M8 though offers one of the deepest fuel tanks in this league, just to ensure that gas issues never get in your way of conquering miles.

2020 BMW M8 Coupe Interior

The M8’s cabin is very much similar to that of a standard 8 Series. However, the presence of certain supplemental elements lends the M8 its competent vibe. Get behind the steering wheel of a BMW M8, and the first things that are sure to get into the limelight are the M preset buttons on either side of the steering wheel. Next up the highlight list is the gear selector, that looks very different from the orthodox BMW shifters. There is also an extra button present of the lever that allows you to accustom the transmission aggression according to your preference. 

The 2020 BMW M8 Front Seats

The BMW M8’s cabin is a cozy place to be in, with M Sport Seats to clasp you, and Merino Leather Upholstery to provide the oomph factor. The front two seats are separated by a center console which includes controls for the audio system and air conditioning.The customizable display is another intriguing feature of the BMW M8, that changes its interface depending upon your choice of driving mode.

Model

BMW M8 Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Coupe

Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe

Jaguar F-type SVR

Seating Capacity

4

4

4

2

Front Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

38.9/57.2/42.1

40.0/51.4/41.7

39.4/55.6/39.2

37.0/56.5/43.0

Rear Row (Head/Shoulder/Leg) (in)

34.7/45.7/29.5

36.7/57.0/33.4

N/A

N/A

BMW brings to you a comfortable and extravagant ride in the form of the M8. Its cabin provides ample space upfront for a leisurely ride. However, the rear seat arrangement of the M8 is small and is not even capable of hosting even children comfortably, let alone the question of full-sized adults. Fret not, for those who seek the thrill of an M8, along with usable rear seats, the company plans on rolling out the M8 Gran Coupe very soon.

Does it come loaded with tech inside?

The BMW M8 Coupe is truly a futuristic set of wheels, that provides brain-freezing power, and performance, along with a suite of some really cool tech features. Some of the most prominent technological features that this Bimmer house includes: 

The 2020 BMW M8 Infotainment Screen
  • Personal Co-Pilot
  • Cruise Control
  • Collision and Pedestrian warning
  • City braking
  • Head-up display
  • Lane departure warning

There are several options that this Beamer can be equipped with. Like the Driving Assistance Package which includes:

  • Active Cruise Control
  • Stop & Go
  • Active Park Distance Control
  • Driving Assistant Professional
  • Steering and Lane Control assistant
  • Cross-traffic warning

Creature comforts on offer in the BMW M8 Coupe

The Germans are renowned for making some really powerful and comfortable rides, the world has ever witnessed. The BMW M8 is no different, and make every M8 ride a recreational affair for the driver and the passengers. The BMW M8 comes loaded with some cutting-edge comfort features, some of which are: 

  • Navigation
  • Steering wheel audio controls
  • Power liftgate
  • Power mirrors
  • Automatic parking
  • Climate control
  • Cooled/Heated front and second-row seats
  • Keyless entry
  • Multi-zone A/C
  • Power driver/passenger seat
  • Remote engine start
  • Remote trunk release

What about cargo carrying capacity?

The BMW M8 is far ahead of its competitors in terms of providing the driver the ultimate driving experience. A look at the ride’s utilitarian aspect and you realize that performance is not the only arena the M8 triumphs at. 

The BMW M8 offers the greatest boot space in this league with a cargo volume of 14.8 cubic feet. 

Model

BMW M8 Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Coupe

Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe

Jaguar F-type SVR

Cargo Capacity 

14.8 cu.ft.

14.1 cu.ft.

5.1 cu.ft.

7.3 cu.ft.

The AMG S63 Coupe makes a close chase with a space of 14.1 cubic feet underneath its rear hood. The other two cars take a major beating in this aspect with the Jaguar F-type SVR offering a boot space of 7.3 cubic feet and the Porsche 911 Turbo S offers just 5.1 cubic feet of that loading space.

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2020 BMW M8 Coupe Exterior

9.0/10

The BMW M8 is a muscular car, that posts an imposing statement with its wide and commanding design language. Starting up front the M8 swanks a broad front apron, with the iconic kidney-grille making its presence felt on the front fascia. The M Spec grille levels the game up with double bars and a high gloss black frame. Underneath the kidney-grille are large and striking air intakes that do a commendable job in keeping the M8’s fire-spitting V8 calm. What finds a spot below those intakes, are flat carbon fiber scoops, which enhance the ride’s aerodynamic magnitude. 

The 2020 BMW Coupe M8 Side View

The BMW M8 is full of perspicuous lines and defined proportions that furnish the M8 with a brawny and athletic look. Another catchy element of the M8’s side profile are its M specific side mirrors that are designed in double-arm character and come covered in carbon mirror caps. Tilt your eyeline further below these mirrors, and you’ll notice the striking M Gill that acts as an air vent. 

Model

BMW M8 Coupe

Mercedes-Benz AMG S63 Coupe

Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe

Jaguar F-type SVR

Curb Weight

4295 lbs

4586 lbs

3,528 lbs

3759 lbs

Length

191.8"

198.9"

177.4"

176.2"

Width

75.1"

75.3"

74.0"

74.2"

Height

53.6"

56"

51.0"

51.6"

Ground Clearance

5.0"

5.1"

N/A

4.2"

Wheelbase

111.1"

115.9"

96.5"

103.2"

The BMW designers have ensured that the rear fascia of the M8, does not get spared from this styling spree. With elements such as the iconic folded rear spoiler, chrome black sport exhaust system, and two 100 diameter double tailpipes, the M8 is sure to make its presence felt.

What are the different eye-catching features?

The several external styling elements that make this Beamer look the part are:

  • 20-inch alloy wheels
  • Blacked out kidney grille with double M bars
  • Carbon fiber trim
  • Larger air intakes
  • Quad exhausts
  • Spoiler/wing
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2020 BMW M8 Coupe Safety

The Bavarians leave no stone unturned in order to make the M8 an ideal blend of performance and safety. Some of the prime safety features that the M8 boasts are: 

  • Back-up camera
  • Cross-traffic alert
  • Rear parking aid
  • Blindspot monitor
  • Lane departure warning
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • ABS
  • Night vision
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Brake assist
  • Stability control
  • Traction control

2020 BMW M8 Coupe Competition

BMW M8 Coupe vs. Mercedes Benz AMG S63 Coupe

Priced at $167,700, the Mercedes Benz AMG S63 Coupe is one of the priciest options of this list. Fitted with a 4-liter Bi-turbo V8, the S63 produces a blistering 603 hp, along with 664 lb.ft. of torque, that can catapult this ride from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds, which happens to be the closest any ride can pull of to the BMW M8. The Merc is high on the luxe levels, emitting a plush and extravagant vibe. Whereas on the other hand, the M8 offers you a fusion of luxury and sportiness, along with cutting-edge tech at a much lesser price. 

2020 Mercedes Benz AMG S63 Coupe

BMW M8 Coupe vs. Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe

Starting at $190,700, the Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe’s price sticker is the summit you can reach for a ride of this segment. However, the question remains is that heftiest of the lot price worth it? Fitted with a 3.8L Flat-6, the 911 Turbo S can generate 580 ponies and 516 lb.-ft. Of torque, which makes this Porsche the quickest sprinting ride, crossing the 60 mph mark in just 2.8 seconds. The BMW M8 happens to take 3 more milliseconds than the 911 to attain those digits, but its 600 ponies are sure to give it an edge in the long run.  

2020 Porsche 911 Turbo S Coupe

2020 BMW M8 Coupe Final Verdict

If performance is the first check-box for your dream ride, the BMW M8 is worth every single cent you spend on it. With breath-taking performance, statement-making design, sporty yet classy interiors, and the utilitarian nature, the BMW M8 is a complete package that can knock you off your knees. The Germans prove their metal once again, with the launch of the BMW M8, making it one of the best grand-tourers ever to see the face of the dawn.