2020 BMW M8
2020 BMW M8 Review
- Stunning acceleration
- Extra performance capabilities do not impinge on luxury
- Decent-size trunk
- Excellent ride quality
- Bigger and heavier than competition
- Lacks the raw performance of some rivals
- Interior is a little button-heavy
- All-new high-performance version of the 8 Series
- Turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 makes up to 617 hp
- 2020 marks the introduction of the BMW M8
The M8 Competition is BMW's tour de force. It shows that BMW still has what it takes to make a beast of a performance car but one with satisfying comfort and luxury. It might not be built as an exotic from the ground up, but the M8 is able to deliver a supernatural driving experience.
How does the M8 drive?
Acceleration is like the Starship Enterprise jumping into warp speed. In our testing of an M8 Competition coupe, we recorded 0-60 mph in 3.2 seconds and a quarter-mile in 11.2 seconds at 125 mph. There's so much power. The brakes feel equally potent and stopped our car in 106 feet from 60 mph. They're also easy and smooth around town. This is a larger and heavier car than most in its class, but you wouldn't know it from these numbers.
The M8 delivers surprisingly agile handling, tracking through curves with a high amount of grip and confidence. The steering doesn't have quite the engagement of other sports cars of this ilk, but the M8 is responsive and it goes where you point it. When you're not trying to blast into orbit, the M8's effortless power and smooth-shifting transmission feel simply luxurious.
How comfortable is the M8?
The M8 Competition is proof that BMW knows how to balance performance and comfort. The cabin is solid and well isolated from most noise, save for that nice burly V8 when you lean on it. Ride comfort is shockingly good. It doesn't matter if you're on a rough patch of road or a smooth freeway, the suspension does a great job of controlling motion and softening impacts. It's even comfortable enough to leave in Sport mode for a majority of the time.
The front seats are well cushioned and bolstered in all the right places and have a lot of adjustment. They offer plenty of support yet retain their comfort unlike some of the more extreme seats you'd find in this class. The rear seats aren't nearly as comfortable, but they're far more livable than those in, say, the 911. Climate controls take some familiarization but work just fine.
How’s the interior?
Getting in and out of the front seats is easy except in tight parking spots due to the long doors. Rear-seat access is challenging, but that's typical for a two-plus-two coupe. There's an abundance of space for front occupants plus plenty of adjustment range for the driver. The rear seats, again, aren't very spacious or comfy but still a lot better than others in this class.
Visibility out front is mostly decent except for thick windshield pillars that can impede your view through left turns. The over-the-shoulder view is a bit compromised as well due to the thick rear pillars. Blind-spot sensors definitely help when driving and a high-res screen and 360-degree camera really improve parking situations. We like that you can interact with the vehicle via touchscreen, rotary controller or through voice commands but wish there were fewer buttons and a better menu structure.
How’s the tech?
The M8's strength in technology comes primarily from a wealth of driver aids and voice interface. The driver aids are what you would expect at this level: adaptive cruise, surround-view parking camera, etc., and it all works really well. The voice assistant is state of the art and recognizes natural speech for all types of commands for the onboard navigation, audio and even climate (it works on the ventilated seats). But it's still not quite as advanced or quick as the Mercedes system.
The optional Bowers & Wilkins audio system delivers great sound and feels worthy of the price tag. The M8's onboard navigation is easy to use. Wireless Apple CarPlay smartphone integration is also included. (Android Auto arrives later this year.) There are more than enough USBs and power ports for all your charging needs.
How’s the storage?
Compared to the typical exotic, the M8 has a good amount of storage. It's a larger coupe for this class so there's just more interior space to start. The trunk's wide opening and low liftover height are nice, but the inside area narrows quite a bit between the rear suspension. Still, there's 14.8 cubic feet available, and the seats fold down close to flat to help accommodate longer items.
Small-item storage space isn't abundant. But there's a small console in front of the cupholders, a nice-size armrest bin and glovebox, and decent door pockets. Car seat accommodation is quite limited since the space is tight, but at least the anchors are relatively easy to access.
How economical is the M8?
The M8 Competition coupe is EPA-estimated to return 17 mpg in combined driving (15 city/21 highway). This is respectable for the class. Admittedly, owners of these vehicles aren't likely to be too concerned with fuel efficiency.
During our 115-mile evaluation route, which equally covers highways, mountain roads and city streets, we were shocked to get 23 mpg. During our two weeks with the M8, we were able to average 17.2 mpg. That easily matches the EPA estimate, and we'd like to note that the onboard fuel computer was pretty close with our calculations.
Is the M8 a good value?
Every penny you spend on an M8 seems justified. It has superb build quality and has more to offer for the price. For instance, the M8 Competition is comparable to a Mercedes-Benz AMG GT C and Porsche 911 GT3 Touring but has more usable interior room and more luxury per dollar.
BMW's warranty and ownership perks are as good as, if not better than, most in this group with basic and powertrain warranties at four years/50,000 miles and roadside assistance for four years. BMW also offers complimentary maintenance for three years/36,000 miles.
BMW has spent a lot of time making sport sedans, so it's easy to forget that it's still capable of building some Ultimate Driving Machines. The M8 may not be an exotic from the ground up, but it shows the brand can compete at a very high level.
After a nearly 20-year absence, BMW brought back the 8 Series for 2019. As an encore, there's the 2020 BMW M8. The M8 treatment extends across the entirety of the 8 Series body lineup, with not only the two-door coupe benefitting from the extra performance but also the convertible and stylish Gran Coupe sedan.
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2020 BMW M8 videosBest Muscle Cars — Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang, But What Else?
Best Muscle Cars — Chevy Camaro, Dodge Challenger and Ford Mustang, But What Else?
ELANA SCHERR: Everybody on my Instagram is posting push-up challenges right now. Don't worry. You are not going to get any exercise posts from me. But that doesn't mean I'm not interested in building muscle. I just prefer burnouts to pull-ups. Then there's going to be giant burnout. This is going to be great. [TIRES SCREECHING] The term muscle car came about in the late '60s and early '70s, but you don't have to have a classic car to flex your muscle. This is my top 10 list of modern muscle cars. [MUSIC PLAYING] Oh, we need rules. If we're doing this, we need rules, right? OK. Horsepower divided by torque with cylinders-- how many, eight? American, four doors, two doors? Could be all-wheel drive. How long a burnout versus how fast? This is hard. In the old days, a muscle car was an American car company's most powerful engine in its sportiest mid-sized car. Think GTO, Hemi Charger, Big Block Chevelle. Then there were the pony cars, which is where you'd get your Challengers, Camaros, Mustangs, AMC, AMXs. Following those rules now would mean that this entire list would be nothing but Camaro, Challenger, and Mustang in various trim levels from base V8 to top of the line-- all great cars, but kind of a boring video. So I opened up the definition to all makes and models. These are my only criteria. Number one, it's available now or it was within the last couple of years. Number two, it's one of the most powerful cars made by the company, and driving it will make you laugh. I expect this list is going to make you very angry. Heck, it made me angry, and I wrote it. Let's get to it. [MUSIC PLAYING] Number 10, Tesla Model S Performance. Are you mad yet? OK, well, half of you get to commenting about how it's totally unacceptable for Tesla to be on a muscle car list, and the other half of you get to commenting about how it's totally unacceptable for it not to be number one on the muscle car list. Let me just tell you why I picked it and put it where it is-- so freaking fast. Sure, no V8 engine, no engine at all, but the Tesla's performance is out of this world. And it has a lot of kind of trick options for showing off, which is very muscle car era. It has a 0 to 60 time of 2.4 seconds. That's half, half of what it took a classic muscle car. Modern times, modern muscle. So why isn't the Tesla higher on the list? Well, first of all, price. It's $100,000 for the fastest one. And I don't think a muscle car has to be cheap necessarily, but it should be cheaper than that. Mostly, though, it's about sound. Sound is a really important part of the muscle car experience, and the Tesla just doesn't do it for me. Sorry. [MUSIC PLAYING] Number nine, BMW M8. Did I just say that price was a factor and then pick a car that cost $133,000? Yes, yes, I did. But blame Mark Takahashi. My BMW pick was the M5, which is also a 600-horsepower bruiser, but cost about $30,000 less. Then Mark came in, and he was like, no, M8 because it's a two door. It's more muscly. And you know, I just didn't have the energy to fight with him. I think he could take me, really. Think he could kick my ass. Point is, BMW makes some monster muscle. And the all-wheel drive M8 has a rear wheel drive mode so you can kick out the back end and do those very important burnouts. [MUSIC PLAYING] Number eight, Nissan GT-R. Why is the GT-R on this list? Well, it is brutally, stupidly fast. It has a 0 to 60 time that competes with the Tesla, and it can do it all day long. Plus, it's kind of unexpected in Nissan's lineup. It's funny to look back at the early days of Pontiac and Chrysler and realize how stodgy those brands were, and then bam, GTO. The GT-R is kind of Nissan's version of that. Why is it back at number eight? Well, the price, over $100,000. And it's a V6. Yes, it's a nearly 600-horsepower V6, but still it is missing some cylinders. Got to be a V8, new rule that I just made up right now. [MUSIC PLAYING] Number seven, Mercedes AMG E63 and the Audi S8. Yep, it's a tie. It's a tie of two cars that at first glance shouldn't even be on this list, but hear me out. It's a tie because both the Mercedes and the Audi are nearly 600 horsepower. The AMG is a little bit over, and the S8's a little bit under. Both are surprisingly fast, faster than anything that big has a right to be. Why are big luxury cars on my muscle car list? Again, if we go back to the muscle car era, the big engines came out of big cars. And the Chrysler 300 and huge cube Cadillacs were surprisingly powerful. Also, a lot of the popular cars like, say, Plymouth Roadrunner were available in wagon form like the Mercedes is. So you could get a big engine in an unexpected body, and that makes it a sleeper, which everyone knows is the coolest relative of the muscle car. This is an '81 Trans Am, so it made about 200 horsepower. It's not really impressive compared to the classic muscle cars. Made about 400. But in '81, there wasn't much that was making more. So I'm going to say '81 Turbo Trans Am, still a muscle car-- just little muscle. Number six, the Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk. [DOG BARKS] Yeah, you heard me. [MUSIC PLAYING] The Jeep Grand Cherokee Trackhawk is powered by the same engine that Dodge put in the Charger and Challenger-- 700 horsepower, 6.2-liter Hemi. So yeah, it is an SUV, but I mean, with all that horsepower and kind of a low stance, it's not really an off-roader. So if it isn't a muscle car, what is it? I'm making a new rule. Anything with a Hellcat engine is a muscle car. But nothing with four doors can be in the top three. Is that OK? Is that OK with you? Yeah? Going to be all right? He says it's OK. Number five is the Lexus RC F. It's the least horsepower on this list, with a 5 liter making 472 horses. What a world we live in when nearly 500 horsepower isn't bragworthy. The Lexus is on our list because it looks so muscly, with a long hood, and a short deck, and rear wheel drive, two doors. Plus, if you pay more, you can get a wing. And nothing is more muscly than a wing. Just ask anyone with a Plymouth Superbird. [MUSIC PLAYING] Number four Dodge Hellcat Charger. Dang those pesky rear doors. The Charger has the distinction of being the only car on our list to have been an actual muscle car by the strictest standards. Dodge introduced the Charger in 1966 and redesigned it in 1968 to the more famous Coke bottle design. In my opinion, that second-generation Charger is one of the prettiest American cars ever made. And it's also a very famous design. Seen it in movies like Bullet and Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry. It's also in a TV show. What was it called? Um-- Dukes of Hazzard? I don't know. I never heard of it. Today's Charger has too many doors to crack the top three-- see the rule that I made during number six-- but it's one of the best all-around cars on our list, impressive even in 392 trim and downright remarkable as a Hellcat. [MUSIC PLAYING] Onto the pony cars. I wish I could declare a three-way tie for the top three because each one is good in a different muscular way. At number three is the Chevy Camaro, obviously ZL1 because it's top dog with 650 horsepower. But a Camaro SS still lifts plenty of weight. The reason the Camaro isn't higher on the list is because the back seat is small, and visibility is bad. And those are sports car attributes. A proper muscle car shouldn't feel cramped. Number two is the Dodge Challenger Hellcat Redeye. With two doors and a couple of variants of the incredible Hellcat engine, what else could it be but the Dodge Challenger? I mean, Redeye gets the pick because 797 horses. But the 717 horse regular Hellcat is no slouch, nor for that matter is the 392, the 485 horses. The Challenger is the closest to a traditional muscle car on our list despite being based on a pony car design. It's roomy, comfortable, and happiest in a straight line rather than a corkscrew. That said, all the cars on this list are astonishing performers on a road course, as well as a drag strip. There's just no room for one-trick ponies anymore. [MUSIC PLAYING] And here we are, number one, the car that put the pony in pony cars, the Ford Mustang. For maximum muscle, we're going to go with the GT500 with its 760 horsepower and 11-second quarter mile times. But like the others in the top three, the base GT is good too, everything a muscle car needs-- horsepower, style, legacy, the ability to make you look powerful even if you've never seen the inside of a gym. That's why it's our number one. If you want more details on exactly why the top three ended up in the order that they did, watch our previous muscle car comparison from back in the days when we were all allowed to hang out together and go to race tracks. Oh my god, that was hard. I hate top 10 lists. I'm going to go online and start arguing with myself. You should too. Tell me what you'd put on your top 10 list. [REVVING]
Edmunds' Elana Scherr lists the best muscle cars of 2020, including American muscle cars and other, more unusual choices. She also explains what makes a classic muscle car and gives her Top 10 picks for the best modern muscle cars on sale.
Features & Specs
|2dr Coupe AWD|
4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A
|MPG||15 city / 21 hwy|
|Transmission||8-speed shiftable automatic|
|Horsepower||617 hp @ 6000 rpm|
|Competition 2dr Coupe AWD|
4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A
|MPG||15 city / 21 hwy|
|Transmission||8-speed shiftable automatic|
|Horsepower||600 hp @ 6000 rpm|
Our experts’ favorite M8 safety features:
- Evasion Aid
- Helps mitigate an accident by proactively swerving, if appropriate, to avoid a front collision.
- Traffic Jam Assistant
- Helps keep the car centered in the lane and follows the car in front in stop-and-go traffic.
- Active Protection System
- Automatically tensions seat belts, closes windows and sunroof, and activates the brakes when it detects an imminent collision.
BMW M8 vs. the competition
BMW M8 vs. Porsche 911
The Porsche 911 has been a perennial benchmark in nearly every one of its possible configurations. When had in 4S trim, it represents an excellent all-weather sports car with continent-crossing abilities. The Porsche is lighter and more agile than the BMW, but the M8 counters with a hugely powerful V8 as well as a larger back seat and trunk.
BMW M8 vs. Aston Martin DB11
The DB11 represents the classic grand-touring coupe, offering oodles of style, long-haul comfort and commanding performance. Yet the M8 is just as capable. And even when fully optioned, it comes in less than the starting price of the big Aston. The DB11 is arguably more exclusive but lacks many of the advanced tech and features the M8 offers.
BMW M8 vs. Polestar 1
If you want to be different but not at the expense of style, Polestar's 1 is a fascinating option. The Polestar offers plug-in hybrid efficiency as well as impressive sports car-esque performance. Handling and stability are noteworthy as are the comfortable seats. The BMW offers a more luxurious interior but is far less distinctive.
Is the BMW M8 a good car?
What's new in the 2020 BMW M8?
According to Edmunds’ car experts, here’s what’s new for the 2020 BMW M8:
- All-new high-performance version of the 8 Series
- Turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 makes up to 617 hp
- 2020 marks the introduction of the BMW M8
Is the BMW M8 reliable?
Is the 2020 BMW M8 a good car?
How much should I pay for a 2020 BMW M8?
The least-expensive 2020 BMW M8 is the 2020 BMW M8 2dr Coupe AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A). Including destination charge, it arrives with a Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of about $133,000.
Other versions include:
- 2dr Coupe AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $133,000
- Competition 2dr Coupe AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) which starts at $146,000
What are the different models of BMW M8?
More about the 2020 BMW M8
2020 BMW M8 Overview
The 2020 BMW M8 is offered in the following submodels: M8 Coupe, M8 Convertible. Available styles include 2dr Convertible AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A), 2dr Coupe AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A), Competition 2dr Coupe AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A), and Competition 2dr Convertible AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A).
What do people think of the 2020 BMW M8?
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What's a good price for a New 2020 BMW M8?
2020 BMW M8 Competition 2dr Coupe AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
The 2020 BMW M8 Competition 2dr Coupe AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $158,395. The average price paid for a new 2020 BMW M8 Competition 2dr Coupe AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $16,689 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
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The average savings for the 2020 BMW M8 Competition 2dr Coupe AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) is 10.5% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
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2020 BMW M8 2dr Coupe AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A)
The 2020 BMW M8 2dr Coupe AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) can be purchased for less than the Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (aka MSRP) of $135,095. The average price paid for a new 2020 BMW M8 2dr Coupe AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) is trending $14,582 below the manufacturer’s MSRP.
Edmunds members save an average of $14,582 by getting upfront special offers. The estimated special offer price in your area is $120,513.
The average savings for the 2020 BMW M8 2dr Coupe AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) is 10.8% below the MSRP.Available Inventory:
We are showing 2 2020 BMW M8 2dr Coupe AWD (4.4L 8cyl Turbo 8A) vehicle(s) available in the Ashburn area.
Which 2020 BMW M8s are available in my area?
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Should I lease or buy a 2020 BMW M8?
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