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M8 Competition 2dr Step Auto [Ultimate Pack]

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Review

BMW thinks this M8 Competition model is the closest it's yet got to the all-conquering Porsche 911. But is it? Jonathan Crouch looks at the updated version

Background

BMW's M division certainly knows how to build driver-focused sports cars. The M8 Competition though, is something slightly different - a larger, more luxurious driver-focused GT. Offered in Coupe, four-door Gran Coupe or, as in this case, Convertible form, it delivers masterful performance - on a major scale. If you must have the ultimate BMW, then this may well be it. It's tempting to think of this model as nothing more than an M5 saloon in a more sporting suit. After all, it shares the same 625hp V8 twin-turbo engine, much of the same M Division technology and, as a result, pretty much the same performance figures. BMW though, thinks differently, pointing out that this car has a stiffer set-up, a shorter wheelbase body and cleaves a cleaner path through the air. Whatever your perspective though, this M8 Competition model, available in Coupe, Gran Coupe or Convertible form, looks to be a devastatingly effective piece of high performance engineering. The kind of car in which, for instance, you might drive to the Alps - but take in the Nurburgring on the way. Developed in parallel with the M8 GTE endurance racing car, it's a force to be reckoned with. Especially in this updated form.

Driving Experience

There are no mechanical changes with this updated model. Not familiar with it? Well imagine the mighty BMW M5 Competition super saloon as a two-door GT sportscar with a shorter wheelbase for extra agility and a stiffened set-up for even sharper responses. That's essentially what we've got here with this M8 Competition model. The 'Competition' tag refers to this car's stiffer engine mountings which aim to facilitate sharper turn-in. And the wheelbase has been reduced by a significant 201mm. Otherwise, everything's much as you'd find in an M5 - which is good. So there's the same 625hp twin turbo V8 mated to a more direct-shifting DCT M Steptronic paddleshift gearbox (rather than the lazier Speedtronic auto you get on a lesser M850i). Plus there's 4WD, an electronically-governed mechanical limited slip differential and a set of grippy 20-inch Michelin tyres, the rears slightly wider than the fronts. In addition, as with the M5, there are lots and lots of mode settings which you can programme in and customise via two buttons on the centre stack marked 'M Mode' and 'Set-Up'. Once you've arrived at your favourite two combinations of throttle response, gearshift timing, stability programming and damping feedback, you can save them via two red anodised levers on the steering wheel marked 'M1' and 'M2' - one perhaps for country roads, the other maybe for fast-flowing major routes. As with the M5, you can also select an 'M-Dynamic' setting that turns all the safety systems off and limits the drivetrain to rear wheel drive. It's a mode we'd advise you to use only for tyre-smoking circuit drifting. In any mode, this M8 is very, very fast of course - 62mph is dispatched in just 3.2s and if it weren't for the 155mph speed limiter, 180-190mph would no doubt be possible.

Design and Build

The M8 Competition models aim to display the hallmark proportions of luxury-class sports cars whether you choose two-door Coupe, four-door Gran Coupe or Convertible. For this updated model, an 'M lights Shadow Line' exterior trim package will be available via the Visibility Pack for the first time, opening up extra scope for individualising the car's appearance. The dark finish for the inlays and chrome detailing inside the headlight units help to give the front end a more eye-catching and sporty feel, an effect enhanced by the standard High-gloss Black finish for the BMW kidney grille surround. Passengers in the Convertible version are protected from the elements by a high-quality fabric roof pulled taut over the cabin. The multi-layer soft-top opens and closes in 15 seconds at the touch of a button while the electric mechanism can be activated while driving at up to 31mph. Once opened, the soft-top stows away flat under a high-quality cover whose surface structure matches that of the instrument panel, door and side-panel trim. As before, the interior is awash with high-precision details and features a driver-centric cockpit, with low-set sports seats featuring integral head restraints and trimmed in soft Merino leather. What's changed is the introduction of a larger 12.3-inch Central Information touchscreen display. And full Merino leather/Alcantara upholstery in the a freshly introduced Black/Sakhir Orange colour scheme brings even more contemporary style to the interior. There's space for a couple of small children in the rear of both the Coupe and the Convertible variants - and a couple of adults will fit quite comfortably in the back of the Gran Coupe model. On all body styles, the backrest sections can be folded down either individually or together in order to further increase load capacity. Out back, there's a 420-litre boot in the Coupe model; it's 440-litres in size with the Gran Coupe and 350-litres with the Convertible.

Market and Model

Pricing for this improved M8 Competition model range starts at around £123,000 for the four-door Gran Coupe version, rising to around £126,000 for the two-door Coupe body style and around £133,000 for this Convertible variant. For this updated design, there are eight fresh exterior colours, you can choose a fresh 20-inch M light-alloy wheel star-spoke design and an 'M lights Shadow Line' exterior trimming package is available as part of the optional Visibility Pack. Otherwise, it's as you were. which means that standard equipment includes a sports exhaust and 20-inch M light alloy Star-spoke style Bicolour alloy wheels. Inside, there are heated 'M' sports seats trimmed in super-soft 'Merino' leather upholstery, carbonfibre cabin trim, soft-close doors and the BMW Live Cockpit Professional package, which gives you a 12.3-inch instrument binnacle dial display and a 10.25-inch centre-dash infotainment screen. If you've more to spend, you might want to consider the optional 'M Driver's package' which increases the top speed to 190mph and costs around £2,100 - which seems an awful lot to pay for a software tweak. That's also included as part of the optional 'Ultimate Package' which, for a cool £20,000 more, also gives you 'Laserlight' headlights, M carbon ceramic brakes, extra carbonfibre interior and exterior trimming, a thumping upgraded Bowers & Wilkins sound system, ventilated front seats, a TV tuner, an M Carbon engine cover and all the extra camera safety features of the optional 'Driving Assistant Professional' pack.

Cost of Ownership

You won't be expecting a super sports car of this power and price to be in any way affordable to run - and this one isn't. If you get anywhere near the quoted WLTP combined cycle fuel consumption figure of 25.2mpg (that's for the Gran Coupe and the Convertible - it's 25.7mpg for the Coupe body style), then you shouldn't have bought this car in the first place and it'll deserve a better home: you know where we are. The WLTP-rated CO2 figures are 251g/km for the Coupe, 256g/km for the Gran Coupe and 255g/km for the Convertible. Routine maintenance is dictated by 'Condition Based Servicing' that monitors oil level and engine wear, taking into account how long it's been and how far the car has travelled since its previous garage visit. To help plan ahead for the cost of regular work, at point of purchase you'll be offered a 'BMW Service Inclusive' package that lasts for three years and 36,000 miles. With this, after a one-off payment, you'll have the peace of mind of knowing that all normal work on the car has been paid for during this period, including items such as oil, spark plugs and filters. On to the warranty package. BMW offers a warranty that lasts for three years, no matter how many miles you complete. You can also insure your car through BMW, though as most M8s will be funded with company money through a lease deal, this brokerage fees are likely to be bundled into that.

Summary

It really comes down to how driver-focused you want to be. If you want the most driver-orientated super sportscar you can buy for less than £200,000, this isn't it. If though, you want one that can combine Nurburgring Nordschiefe dynamics with GT luxury, then this M8 makes a very strong case for itself, especially in this updated form. It's certainly fast enough - and there's a competition-bred feel to the handling that rivals from Jaguar, Lexus and Audi can't quite match. A tougher question to answer lies in whether this car is worth nearly 25% more than BMW's mechanically rather similar M850i model. That's a question of personal preference of course. What's not up for debate is the way this M8 can make you feel, for its buyers delivering a perfect symbiosis of performance and exclusivity, dynamism and prestige. Or, to put it another way, a super car they could tail-out slide on a trackday, then cruise across Europe in afterwards. These people will love this M8, despite its high running costs and even higher price. There's a need, after all, to pay for the most consummate of pleasures. If you can afford to do that though, you'll find much to admire here. Powerful elegance - that's pitch-perfect.

Key Information

Transmission Type
Transmission TypeAutomatic
Fuel Type
Fuel TypePetrol
Emissions
Emissions259.00g/km
Top Speed
Top Speed190mph

Full Details

Standard Equipment

Driver Convenience

  • Automatic operation of tailgate - electrically opening / closing tailgate
  • BMW ConnectedDrive online services
  • BMW Drive recorder
  • BMW legal emergency call
  • BMW Live Cockpit Professional sat nav system with intelligent personal assistant
  • BMW Teleservices
  • Brake pad wear indicator warning light
  • Condition based service
  • Cruise control with brake function
  • Drive experience control with Sport, Comfort, Eco Pro and Adaptive modes
  • Enhanced bluetooth telephony with wireless charging
  • Front/rear park distance control (PDC)
  • Head up M display
  • iDrive touch controller with shortcut buttons
  • Instrument and upper door panel in trimmed leather
  • Integrated owner's handbook
  • M servotronic
  • Oil sensor for level and grade
  • Parking assistant plus with 360 degree surround view camera system and remote 3D view
  • PAS
  • Rear view camera
  • Run flat indicator
  • Service interval indicator
  • Start/stop red button
  • Wifi hotspot preparation

Entertainment

  • Bluetooth Hands free facility with USB audio interface and Voice Control
  • Bowers & Wilkins diamond surround sound system
  • DAB Tuner enables digital radio reception
  • Favourite buttons
  • TV function plus including digital reception with CI+ card reader, operation by iDrive Touch controller and integral roof aerial

Exterior Features

  • Black chrome exhaust tailpipes
  • BMW Individual high-gloss shadow line with extended contents includes kidney frame, clasp and air breather in black chrome
  • BMW Individual high-gloss shadow line with window frame and mirror base in black high gloss
  • BMW Laserlights
  • Body colour bumpers
  • Carbon core - innovative lightweight construction with highly rigid and light carbon elements
  • Door handle illumination
  • Dynamic brake lights
  • Electric adjustable/heated/folding door mirrors
  • Electric front windows
  • Follow me home headlight function
  • Front and rear bumper system with replaceable deformation elements
  • Heated windscreen washer jets
  • High beam assistant
  • High gloss black exterior trim
  • High gloss black kidney grille
  • LED rear lights
  • M Carbon engine cover
  • M Carbon roof
  • M designation in kidney, in side strakes, on right of tailgate and on door sill finisher
  • M Sport exhaust system
  • Model logo on right tailgate
  • Rain sensor with automatic headlight activation
  • Soft close automatic (SCA) for doors
  • Sun protection glazing
  • Thermally insulated windscreen
  • Third LED technology brake light in rear window
  • Welcome lights in interior and door handle area

Interior Features

  • 2 X front 12v power sockets
  • 4 way electrically adjutable lumbar support for driver and front passenger
  • Active front seat ventilation
  • Automatic air conditioning with 2-zone control
  • Dynamic ambient interior lighting
  • Electric front seat adjustment with driver memory
  • Entry lights on doors
  • Frameless interior mirror
  • Front armrest integrated in door trim with centre console includes storage compartment
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Front reading lights
  • Lockable glove compartment with light
  • M door sill finishers with illuminated BMW M8 designation
  • M leather steering wheel
  • M Pedals
  • M Sport seats
  • Multi function controls for M leather steering wheel
  • Multifunctional sport seats for driver and front passenger
  • Rear headrests
  • Split folding rear seat with 50:50 configuration
  • Steering column with adjustable height and length and activation via control on the steering column
  • Sunvisors with front ticket pocket and illuminated mirrors
  • Velour floormats

Packs

  • Connected package professional - M8
  • Driving assistant professional pack - M8
  • Heat comfort front package - M8
  • M Carbon exterior package - M8
  • M Driver's package - M8

Safety

  • 2 x 3-point rear seat belts
  • ABS/EBD
  • Active front seat headrests
  • Active protection
  • Child seat ISOFIX attachment rear outer seats
  • Compound structure brake discs
  • Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights, fuel cut off, interior lighting, safety battery terminal clamp and airbags
  • Driver and front passenger knee airbag
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Driver/front passenger side airbags
  • Driver/passenger seat occupancy sensor
  • DSC - Dynamic Stability Control
  • Dynamic Traction Control - DTC
  • Electromechanical parking brake with automatic drive away release and auto hold function
  • Front three point with pyrotechnical belt latch tensioner seat belts, belt force limiter and belt stopper
  • Head airbags for first and second row seats
  • Integrated brake system with two selectable brake pedal characteristics
  • M Carbon ceramic brakes
  • M Seatbelts with black seat belts with fine M stripes for all seats
  • Passenger airbag deactivation system
  • Side impact protection
  • Two tone horn
  • Tyre pressure indicator
  • Warning triangle and first aid kit

Security

  • Centre lock switch
  • Closing system with central locking
  • Comfort access system
  • Keyless engine start
  • Locking wheel bolts
  • Thatcham 1 alarm system with remote control and engine immobiliser
  • Vehicle key with exclusive M designation

Technical

  • Adaptive M suspension
  • Double wishbone front axle
  • Dynamic Damper Control
  • M Sport differential
  • M Twin power turbo 8 cylinder
  • Petrol Particulate Filter
  • Steptronic sport transmission with eight speed automatic and gearshift paddle switches on the steering wheel
  • Valve controlled exhaust system
  • xDrive (permanent all-wheel drive, variable torque distribution, including DSC to control traction interventions)

Wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

Technical Data

Emissions - ICE

  • CO
    0.181
  • CO2 (g/km)
    242
  • HC
    0.011
  • HC+NOx
    Not Available
  • NOx
    0.012
  • Particles
    0.0003
  • Standard Euro Emissions
    EURO 6
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb
    259
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEH
    260
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb - TEL
    257
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High
    220
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEH
    221
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Extra High - TEL
    219
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High
    210
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEH
    210
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - High - TEL
    209
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low
    492
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEH
    495
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Low - TEL
    492
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium
    246
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEH
    248
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Medium - TEL
    245

Engine and Drive Train

  • Camshaft
    DOHC
  • Catalytic Convertor
    Yes
  • CC
    4395
  • Compression Ratio
    10.0:1
  • Cylinder Layout
    V8
  • Cylinders
    8
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm)
    89
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm)
    88.3
  • Engine Code
    S63B44T4
  • Engine Layout
    NORTH SOUTH
  • Fuel Delivery
    TWIN TURBO
  • Gears
    8 SPEED
  • Number of Valves
    32
  • Transmission
    SEMI-AUTO

Fuel Consumption - ICE

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies
    No
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb
    11.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEH
    11.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb - TEL
    11.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High
    9.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEH
    9.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High - TEL
    9.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High
    9.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEH
    9.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High - TEL
    9.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low
    21.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEH
    21.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low - TEL
    21.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium
    10.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEH
    10.8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium - TEL
    10.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb
    25
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEH
    24.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb - TEL
    25
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High
    29.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEH
    29.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High - TEL
    29.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High
    30.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEH
    30.7
  • WLTP - MPG - High - TEL
    31
  • WLTP - MPG - Low
    13.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEH
    13.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Low - TEL
    13.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium
    26.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEH
    26.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium - TEL
    26.4

General

  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying
    No
  • Badge Engine CC
    4.4
  • Badge Power
    625
  • Based On ID
    Not Available
  • Coin Description
    [Not Available]
  • Coin Series
    M8 Comp[Ultimate pk]
  • Generation Mark
    2
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07
    50E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09
    Not Available
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %
    Not Available
  • NCAP Safety Assist %
    Not Available
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?
    No
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months
    24
  • Service Interval Mileage
    15000
  • Special Edition
    No
  • Special Order
    No
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage
    Unlimited
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years
    3
  • Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months
    Not Available
  • Timing Belt Interval Mileage
    Not Available
  • Vehicle Homologation Class
    M1

Performance

  • 0 to 62 mph (secs)
    3.3
  • Engine Power - BHP
    625
  • Engine Power - KW
    460
  • Engine Power - RPM
    6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT
    553
  • Engine Torque - MKG
    76.5
  • Engine Torque - NM
    750
  • Engine Torque - RPM
    1800
  • Top Speed
    190

Test Cycles

  • Emissions Test Cycle
    WLTP
  • RDE Certification Level
    RDE 2

Tyres

  • Alloys?
    Yes
  • Space Saver?
    No
  • Tyre Size Front
    275/35 R20
  • Tyre Size Rear
    285/35 R20
  • Tyre Size Spare
    TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Style
    STAR SPOKE STYLE 813 M
  • Wheel Type
    20" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

  • Height
    1362
  • Height (including roof rails)
    Not Available
  • Length
    4867
  • Wheelbase
    2827
  • Width
    1907
  • Width (including mirrors)
    2137

Weight and Capacities

  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)
    68
  • Gross Vehicle Weight
    2385
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)
    Not Available
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)
    420
  • Max. Loading Weight
    485
  • Minimum Kerbweight
    1900
  • No. of Seats
    4
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb
    12.2
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Customer Reviews

   
Stephen Johnson

Stephen Johnson

"Highly recommended! Tom was extremely helpful through the entire process, giving clear guidance and taking me through all options and Michelle was on hand to answer any other queries I had. Nothing was too much trouble for them. Car was delivered on time despite my need for a very quick turnaround!"

"2 weeks ago"

Scott Wall

Scott Wall

"As a business associate of Silverstone Fleet Management my colleague Shaun and I enjoy working with all the team. We always find Tom, Scott and their colleagues very positive to work with, they are communicative, professional and always take pride in all they do. They actively value their customers and their personable approach is a huge enabler for this. I would highly recommend Silverstone Fleet Management as a business to work with for guaranteed great service all round."

"3 weeks ago"

Olivia Creemer

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"Brilliant! Superb service from both Tom and Michelle at Silverstone - both were incredibly helpful and efficient, always responding to emails and phone calls and so friendly and easy to talk to. Tom did an outstanding job sourcing a car for me within budget and within the timeframe that was needed, and was always on hand to answer my questions and queries. I would highly recommend Silverstone to anyone looking to lease a car, the service far exceeded the experience I had when shopping around with other suppliers. Big thumbs up and massive thank you! :)"

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