2020 BMW M8 Competition and BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Review and Test Drive


[MUSIC PLAYING] MARK TAKAHASHI: Last year,
BMW reintroduced the 8 Series after a long, long absence. They started with the 850i. But now they’re starting to
fill in the rest of the lineup. I’m here in Portugal at
the Portimao race circuit. We’re hitting kind of all
of the 8 Series variants. [LAUGHTER] Before I get too deep into
this M8, do me a favor. Hit Subscribe below. We have a lot of great
content coming your way. [LAUGHS] There we go. Thankfully, they’re
giving us track time in the M8 Coupe, which is
really the best place and only place to explore the
potential of this car. So we have a pro driver that
I’ll be following for six laps. And it is a slick track. It has been raining all day. But it’s not raining currently. So it shouldn’t be too hairy. There’s a whole lot to take
into account with the center here as well as with all
the various drive modes. It’s actually rather confusing
because you have so many menus to choose from. But that said, there are
some shortcut buttons just like the M5, where you
can pre-program them. During the briefing,
they did say that in pretty much
every drive mode, you can have up to 100% power
sent to the rear wheels. And really, the front
wheels get power only when you really need it. And in Sport Plus modes, it
keeps a little more power going to the rears and limits
a little more of what you can get to the front. So in a lot of ways,
I’ll be driving this much like I would just a
regular rear drive car. One thing I really
liked about the 850 is you had a lot of
time to react when things do start sliding around. A lot of it has to do with
a longer wheelbase gives you just a little bit
more time to react. Oh, there we go,
a little squirm. Woo! Come on, baby. Let’s go! Whoa, that’s a big dip. Yup, there’s definitely
some standing water here. But I’m really not
even feeling much of a transition when
the front wheels start getting power sent. It’s nice and smooth and linear. And it’s really giving
me a lot of confidence– hopefully, not too
much confidence. Woo-hoo! We have these
adaptive brake lights that flash when you’re
under heavy braking. Whoa, there’s a good slide. It was very controlled,
and I felt like I really didn’t have to react too
quickly or too aggressively with the countersteering. Man, this thing has torque. So now we just switch
to Sport Plus mode, which should be a
lot more aggressive, but also give me a
little more latitude when it comes to stability control. It’s not going to chop
me off nearly as much. Should let me slide
it a little bit more. Hard on the brakes– oh, there goes, washing out. Now, I’m not getting a lot of
feedback to the steering wheel. I had some understeer there. Whoa, there we go. Woo! [LAUGHS] Yeah, Sport Plus
is definitely letting me get away with
a lot more here. This is the place
to experience it. There we go. Slide it. Slide it. There you go. When it washes out, there’s
really no foreshadowing of it with steering feedback. You don’t feel the
wheel lighten up when it loses traction like
you would with old school hydraulic power steering. Unfortunately, that’s just
the way things are nowadays. Oof, I’m working up a
pretty decent sweat here. My biggest fear
coming into this drive was that maybe they’d make
the ride quality just too stiff to remain a
decent touring car. But they haven’t. There’s a big enough difference
between Sport Plus and Comfort modes in the suspension, where
you get the compliance when you want it. And when you want to have some
fun on track, like I just did, you got that too. [MUSIC PLAYING] Body roll is pretty
much nonexistent. And it really makes the
standard 8 Series, like the 850, feel a little too
soft, a little sloppy. But it’s by no means soft
or sloppy on its own. It’s really just when you
compare it, apples to apples, against something else. I would certainly
have no problem living every day with a M850i. But as good as this
M8 is, and as much range as it has for
comfort and performance, yeah, I think it’s worth the
extra 20 grand for the M8. This is the competition. I don’t really think
that extra horsepower’s that big of a deal, especially
for how much more expensive the competition is. SPEAKER 1: Now we’re going
to do a cooldown lap. Just roll the speed. MARK TAKAHASHI: Woo! I survived. SPEAKER 1: Not so much braking. Let the breaks cool down. [MUSIC PLAYING] MARK TAKAHASHI: In addition
to sampling the M8 Coupe and Convertible, we also
have the opportunity to find out what the 8 Series
Gran Coupe is all about, which is where I am right now. One of the greatest drawbacks
to the regular 8 Series Coupe is rear-seat space. It’s almost nonexistent. But with the extra doors
and the extra length, I’m actually OK back here. Now, my hair is just barely
brushing the headliner. But I’m honestly pretty
comfortable back here. There’s not a whole lot
of thigh support, which also isn’t that unusual
for a car like this in the back seats. And there’s not a lot of
room under the front seats for my feet either. But I have plenty of knee room. Overall, the Gran Coupe
solves the space problem for rear passengers. I’d be fine back
here for a road trip. After driving the 8 Coupe
Convertible and this 840 Gran Coupe, I can say yes, it is
worth the 20 grand a step up from the 850 to
the M8, mostly because of the suspension. It is far more athletic. It corners much flatter. And there’s really not
too much of a penalty when it comes to ride quality. As far as the 840,
the advantages are very telling as well. You have a lot more
rear passenger space. And for that kind of convenience
without too much of a price premium, it’s
starting to make sense as the choice for most drivers. If you’re looking for more
space and more convenience, definitely look
into the Gran Coupe. And here’s the kicker– there will be an M8 Gran Coupe. There’s no date announced yet,
but it is certainly on the way. For more information
on the 8 Series, M8, as well as the Gran Coupe,
head on over to edmunds.com. To see more videos like
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24 comments

  1. I did watch (so maybe just didnt pay close attention), but dont recall mention of the variable brake pedal feel that BMW touted for this model. What were the impressions regarding the different modes in that respect?

  2. Never has there been a time where there is so mich horsepower and so little involvement. These cars drive themselves. Very little intrest to me

  3. I just dont understand the grand coupe. Just get the 5 series it's still a very good looking car and you get an extra seat the weight is the same but it's far more expensive. Back in the day the E60 m6 was a good 200 pounds lighter than the m5.

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