The flagship of BMW's M series has arrived with hefty power plant and two sporty body styles.
Available as a coupe or convertible, the 2020 BMW M8 boasts an eight-speed automatic transmission, all-wheel drive and a twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V8 that produces either 600 or 617 horsepower, depending on whether it carries the Competition badge.
Competition models also get an M Sport exhaust, tighter suspension tuning, an additional "Track" driving mode, and some majorly badass rims with gold-plated brake calipers. Seriously, just look at these things:
How all of this hardware affects performance is a little unclear. Officially, BMW claims that the M8 Competition coupe maxes out at 189 mph and rockets to 62 mph in three seconds flat. But Car and Driver believes that could be on the conservative side, given that the outlet clocked the lesser M5's zero-to-60 mph time at 2.8 seconds.
What we know for sure is that the M8 looks fantastic. The kidney grille and side gills are finished in black chrome; the mirror caps, rear spoiler and rear diffuser in high-gloss black. All of those components are also available in carbon fiber via an optional M Carbon package.
A carbon fiber roof comes standard on the coupe to reduce weight and lower the center of gravity. The convertible is equipped with a multi-layer soft top that can be lowered in 15 seconds at up to 30 mph.
The interior gets standard carbon fiber trim, a leather-clad steering wheel, a newly designed shift lever, and M1/M2 buttons that can be programmed with different engine, suspension, and other settings. Different combinations of premium wood trim can be ordered.
The 2020 BMW M8 coupe starts at $133,995, while the convertible starts at $143,495. Add on $13,000 more for the Competition models. Look for them at U.S. dealerships later this summer.