What the critics say
The 2020 BMW M8
When you drive a BMW 8 series, “you’ll be the star wherever you show up.” The automaker’s top-of-the-line grand tourer was recently resurrected after a 20-year hiatus, and it’s “one hell of a coupe,” with “huge power, surprising grace,” and a body so appealing that it won our 2019 Design of the Year. Now the lineup has been extended to include a convertible, a longer four-door Gran Coupe, and, finally, the M8—the top dog from a performance perspective. The M8 turns out to have been absolutely worth the wait: This car “accelerates with ferocity” and “chews up and spits out one curve after another.”
“It ain’t cheap to be the king.” An entry-level 8 series starts at $88,000, the M8 at $133,000, and for the M8 Competition and its 617 hp V-8, you’ll need $146,000. But every model packs the best eight-speed automatic around as well as the best all-wheel-drive system: No power is directed to the front wheels except when truly needed.
Car and Driver
For many buyers, an M850i might do, because that $111,000 model is “almost exactly as good at being an 8 series.” Only on the track, where the M8 feels “much more at home,” do differences show. Still, “our suspicion is that most buyers will head straight to the top of the pile, which isn’t a bad place to be.” ■