Fancy the BMW M8 but want two more doors? Now, you can have it as the boys from Bavaria have unleashed the M8 and it's more powerful variant, the M8 Competition. In Competition form, the M8 is the most powerful four-door coupe from BMW to date.
By this time, you're probably familiar with BMW's twin-turbocharged V8 engine that powers the large M models. The 4.4-liter mill is good for 600 PS and 750 Nm of torque, just like the M5, M8 Coupe, X5 M, and X6 M. Like the aforementioned models, the Competition version bumps the power up by 25 PS, bringing it to 625 PS with torque retained at 750 Nm.
Although it's essentially the same engine found in the M5, the M8 Gran Coupe is ever so slightly faster than its more formal looking cousin. The M8 does the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 3.3 seconds while the Competition shaves off another tenth of a second at 3.2 seconds. For comparison, the M5 and M5 Competition does the same task in 3.4 seconds and 3.3 seconds, respectively.
Curiously, it's a little behind the M5 and M5 Competition in the 0 to 200 km/h sprint. The M8 Gran Coupe can do that in 11.2 seconds while the M5 does it in 11.1 seconds. On to the Competition models and the four-door M8 hits it in 11.0 seconds, but the M5 nails it in just 10.8 seconds, a significant difference. All-wheel drive is standard on both versions, but there is a two-wheel drive mode for those who want to challenge themselves on a race track.
On to exterior changes and the M8 Gran Coupe features far more beefier fenders than the standard Series Gran Coupe. Front and rear bumpers are unique to this model, and so to are the large alloy wheel designs shod in wide tires. But truly defining the M model is its carbon fiber roof, and you can only find that in this super (four-door) coupe. Competition models on the other hand gain black highlights on the grill, fender air outlets, and side mirrors, along with a carbon fiber trunk lip spoiler.
Given that M models are sold in the Philippines, there is a chance that the M8 Gran Coupe will make its way to the country. Don't expect to see a lot of them though, as M cars are typically on order basis.