The BMW M8 Gran Coupe Will Always Look Like An Acquired Taste
It’s a fair and balanced day here at the Daily Car Blog HQ. And that means we repeat, verbatim, and repeat, verbatim, nice happy news. And that means non-negative news… boring news. So we selected an auto brand that is guaranteed to get consistent non-critical “happy” news… you guessed it… BMW. And because today is a slow news day we focus our attention on the BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe.
The BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is the four-door version of the something that went before the something. In other words, it is the second generation of the original two-door 8 Series coupe that was made between 1990-1999. Back in the day the first generation 8 Series was a seriously desirable machine.
When the second generation arrived it didn’t recreate the sleek although the admittedly dated exterior design of the first generation. There are a number of reasons why. Modern cars have better safety impact standards and therefore have more complex architectures.
And therefore the design differences from 1990 to 2019 are mandated by various regulations. That being the case, personally speaking, I am not a big fan of the 8 Series Coupe nor the Gran Coupe… purely on looks alone.
But what BMW does really well are manual gearboxes, but I am done with manual gearboxes, I am automatic man transmission all the way these days. In the future, everything is going to be automated and our minds, our very thoughts will be controlled and monitored by AI bots. So I am getting on the automation bus early.
For now, we have the BMW M8 Competition Gran Coupe and it’s powered by a none AI-driven 4.4-liter V8 Twin Turbo that serves up 625bhp and 750Nm of torque through an 8-speed automatic transmission.
It’s going to be luxury, have the latest digital technology and it’s going to be expensive as much as it going to be unnecessarily fast and unnecessarily cramped in the rear… and it looks like a Maserati.
The BMW 8 Series Competiton Gran Coupe is available to order from 9 October, with first customer deliveries early 2020. OTR pricing starts from £120,935.