2019 Bmw M8 Price

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The BMW 8 Series returned in 2018 after almost 20 years. Developed to replace the 6 Series, the 8 Series is sportier, more modern, and enables BMW to compete against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe.. But since this is BMW we’re talking about, it’s not just a matter of competing against its rivals; it’s also about one-upping them when the opportunity comes. That “opportunity” has arrived in the form of the BMW M8, the high-performance version that will be offered in coupe and convertible form, not to mention coupe and convertible variants of the more potent Competition trim. Production for the M8 starts in mid-to-late 2019. The M8 is priced from $133,000 for the base coupe model to $155,500 for the Competition convertible model.

BMW M8 EXTERIOR

The 2020 BMW M8 adopts most of the 8 Series’ looks. That shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. But there are differences between the two models, in part because the M8 is, well, an M car. Its sporty characteristics have been dialed up to 11 with a smattering of aerodynamic bits and pieces that are in place to not only give the grand tourer a sleeker and more streamlined look than its predecessor, the M6, but, more importantly, to further enhance the model’s performance capabilities.

The headlamps look properly aggressive. The unmistakable BMW kidney grille is massive in size yet distinctive in its layout. The lower air intakes are huge, too, but they’re also appropriately sized in a way that creates a solid visual balance with all the design elements in this area. It’s hard not to look at the 2020 M8 and not talk about the M6 that came before it. The M6 displayed a lot of the same characteristics when it first came out. It’s just that, in my mind, its design hasn’t aged well. When I see the M6 now, I see a grand tourer that looks a little too clunky for its own good. The headlamps look awkward, and the kidney grille looks too small. Even the front openings look smaller than used to. There’s a lot of negative space in the M6 that you don’t see in the new M8. That results in a more dynamic-looking performance model that fits our expectation on what a proper grand tourer should look like.

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Looking at the 2020 M8 from the side is also a treat. The M-style side mirrors are visible for all the world to see, but the most distinctive design is the stunning shape of the M8 Coupe’s roof. Look at it. There’s little, if any, flat surface on top. It slopes up in the front to accommodate the windshield, but just as it reaches its apex, it immediately — and gradually slopes down all the way to the rear where the M8’s decklid spoiler caps off the angular look of the model. Sure, other models of year’s past featured a similar style, but not to the extent to which BMW did it. Carefully place body lines also help enhance the model’s muscular profile without this section, looking like it spent too much in the gym. It’s cut in the right ways that should appeal to a lot of potential customers. It’s a different story with the M8 Convertible, though it is nice that it comes with a multi-layer soft-top that opens and closes in 15 seconds.

The BMW M8 has the makings of a perfectly designed grand coupé. Unfortunately, it isn’t.

Sure, it looks aggressive when I first looked at it, but the more I looked at it, the more I realized that it looks too aggressive. There are way too many lines on the rear section of the M8. Way too many. The design also departs from the perfectly balanced look of the front. The taillights are too small, and the bumper is way too big. Part of that is excusable — the vertical brake lamps on opposite ends of the car are a nice touch — but it also looks like Bimmer designed the bumper to be this big to accommodate the repeated lines in this section. The quad tailpipes also bolster the aesthetic of the M8 in ways that make this section look more brutish than it probably should.

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As disappointing as the rear section looks, it takes little away from the overall design of the 2020 BMW M8. This is a design achievement on BMW’s part. It’s a great example of what a grand tourer should look like, mixing aggressive design cues with sleek and sultry lines and curves to create an ideal marriage that highlight the strengths of both design approaches. It’s a proper way to finally bring the M8 into the real world.

Taking this route means you’re going to have to spend more than you would if you just buy the standard M8, but that’s the price you have to pay if you want to make your M8 look like the M8 GTE racer. The M Performance parts catalog is going to make you dizzy with its wealth of available add-on parts and equipment. Here’s a small sample of what you can expect when the M Performance parts become available for the M8.

M Performance carbon fiber radiator grille
M Performance carbon fiber side decorative grille
M Performance engine cover
M Performance sport brake pads (sourced from the race cars for shorter braking distance, sharper, and longevity)
M Performance Pro steering wheel with carbon fiber shift paddles and carbon fiber/Alcantara (or carbon fiber/leather) trim
M Performance floor mats
M Performance indoor car cover (this thing looks sick)
M Performance wheel bags
Remember, that’s not everything that will become available for the M8. In the event that you do decide to add a few M Performance bits on your M8, do so with caution. It can get pretty crazy when you have the entire catalog in front of you.

Of course, you can do away with all the hard work of studying the catalog by just opting for the range-topping M8 Competition. This version gives you everything the M8 offers with the added benefits of gloss-black trim and badges, as well as a carbon fiber spoiler and carbon fiber mirrors. BMW is also offering a double-bubble carbon fiber roof in this setup. Let’s not forget about the wheels, too. BMW has some of the finest wheels in the auto world, and while some designs have faltered in recent years — the M5’s wheels were particularly disappointing — the M8 Competition’s set of 3D-sculpted wheels look incredible.

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BMW M8 PRICES

Prepare to break the bank if you want to buy the BMW M8. At the very least, you’re going to spend $133,000 for the 2020 M8 Coupe. That’s without all the options, accessories, and whatever knick-knacks you can think of. Opt for the M8 Convertible, and you’re starting price rises to $142,500.

Now, suppose you have your eyes set on the two M8 Competition models. It’s plausible that you would, given all the performance benefits it has over the standard M8. But those benefits come at a price, or, should I say, a price “increase” to the tune of $146,000 for the M8 Coupe Competition and $155,500 for the M8 Convertible Competition.

As expensive as these prices are, they’re actually cheaper than the rest of the market, the 2020 Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe included. The AMG, for example, starts at $163,450, and that’s still on the lower end of the price hierarchy. An Aston Martin DB11 is going to cost you a little over $200,000 while a McLaren GT is a little more expensive at $210,000. Then there’s the Bentley Continental GT that starts at $225,000. At that point, you might as well buy the M8 Competition and load it up with all the parts, accessories, and options offered by M Performance and you still won’t reach the starting price of the Continental GT. Something to think about, right?

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