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2020 BMW M8 review: Our expert's take

By Jennifer Geiger

What’s more outrageous than BMW’s new flagship coupe and convertible, the 8 Series? The much-awaited M version. When the 8 Series launched last year, it came in M850i trim — a “watered-down” version, if you will, of the full M8 (albeit still with a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 making 523 horsepower and 553 pounds-feet of torque). Last night, BMW unveiled the real deal.

Related: 5 Things You Need to Know About the New 2019 BMW 8 Series

The 2020 M8 will come in coupe and convertible body styles as well as standard and Competition trims. In standard form, its twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 is good for 600 hp and 553 pounds-feet of torque; the Competition model boosts that to 617 hp (torque remains the same).

BMW calls the engine its most powerful production engine ever, estimating the M8 Coupe’s zero-to-60-mph time at 3.1 seconds (3.0 seconds in Competition trim). For each variant, convertible editions are 0.1 second behind. Top speed, however, is electronically limited to 155 mph, or 189 mph with the optional M Driver’s Package. Those who opt for the latter also get access to M School driver training at one of BMW’s two U.S. Performance Center driving schools, either in Spartanburg, S.C., or Thermal, Calif.

Power runs through an eight-speed automatic transmission to all four wheels via BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive, which only sends torque to the M8’s front wheels when the rear wheels reach their traction limits.

A host of exterior and interior upgrades set the M8 apart from lesser 8 Series models. Outside, coupes feature large openings in the front bumper and wear an M carbon-fiber roof. Competition grades have unique two-tone 20-inch wheels.

Inside, the models wear an M steering wheel with shift paddles and red M1 and M2 buttons, which can be programmed with various engine, suspension, steering and braking system modes. Other M exclusives include M Sport seats with illuminated M badging below the head restraints, extended Merino leather in either Silverstone or Black, and carbon-fiber cabin trim. The M8 Competition models add M seat belts with highlight stitching in BMW Motorsport colors.

All these extras won’t come cheap. The 2020 BMW M8 coupe starts at $133,995, up significantly from the M850i’s $112,895 price tag (all prices include destination). M8 convertibles tip the scales at $143,495, up from the regular convertible’s $122,395 price. Competition models add $13,000 to either car.

Production of the M8 begins in July.

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Consumer reviews

Rating breakdown (out of 5):
  • Comfort 5.0
  • Interior design 5.0
  • Performance 5.0
  • Value for the money 5.0
  • Exterior styling 5.0
  • Reliability 5.0

Most recent consumer reviews


2020 BMW M8

Simply amazing car, breathtaking performance. I have owned many BMWs and M cars and this has set a new benchmark. The value is also very good for a car of this performance and quality level... stunning design and quality


super power and comfort all rolled into one

it has super car power with a comfortable ride , great handling good safety features, bought mine in competition guise. black with tartufo interior. coming out of Audi r8 performance this car is just as fast if not faster.


The fastest most powerful car I've ever owned

I'm still learning the vehicle. A lot of options to go through. Styling is great, the ride is great and for such a powerful car, its very quiet. BMW outdid themselves on this car.

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