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BMW M8 Coupe | Braman BMW Jupiter, Florida

BMW M8 Family Reveal

New vehicles from BMW – could anything be more exciting? The BMW M8 family is nothing short of gorgeous, and the performance for each of these vehicles defines this brand more than anything else ever could. 

Perks Under the Hood

The BMW M5 made a splash with its engine, and the company has carried that over for this vehicle. Under the hood sits the same 4.4 liter V8 engine so many people were enamored with in the M5, even those great Grand Tour hosts. Expect 600 BHP at launch. A Competition variant should be available at launch, and it will come with 617 BHP. 

The BMW M8 Coupe should be able to hit 100 KMPH in just 3.1 seconds. The Competition model will do the same in 3.0 seconds. A ZF eight-speed Steptronic transmission and BMW’s xDrive AWD system should be standard throughout the family. The Competition variant comes with stiffer springs, harder components and 15.75 carbon ceramic brakes. It should have 600 HP and 750 Nm of torque on board.

The M Performance sport brake pads have gotten quite a bit of press lately, and for good reason. They’ll offer drivers a much shorter braking distance as well as improved response times. They may even mean a higher thermal resilience on the road. They were developed from the long distance racing pads, which could make even the average driver feel a racing-style steering shift. 

Performance Even Inside the Vehicle

Inside, you’ll find so much more than you expected. The steering wheel has carbon fiber shift paddles as well as a carbon fiber leather trim. The shift symbols stand out in bold red to help emphasize the need to push it every time you get into this vehicle. You can even get easy-grip M performance floor mats with this vehicle that are non-slip and made of velvet velour with a leather-style trim. 

Carbon Fiber Parts Designed For This Vehicle

The M Performance parts were designed specifically for this vehicle series. Carbon fiber is the name of the game here, and the line is dotted with options like carbon fiber mirror caps. The radiator grille and the side decorative grille are going to look amazing flying down the road thanks to the elaborate hand-crafting carbon fiber that pulls the look of the vehicle together. 

Vehicle Pricing

This vehicle should start at $133,000 for the M8 Standard, and that means a lot to those looking for a cheaper GT alternative. The Cabriolet will run $142,500 while the Competition model will begin at $146,500. You can expect to see them available in early 2020. 

M850i xDrive | BMW 8 Series | Braman BMW Jupiter, Florida

The 2019 BMW M850i xDrive Experience

The first generation BMW 8 Series holds a special place in every BMW enthusiast’s heart. These were cars with rare performance and luxury. Yet the line went quiet for two decades before BMW knew they had the perfect generation to act as a successor. The original 8 Series had been a pioneer in vehicle technology, so they knew the next generation had to be a technological leap forward in a similar way. No car demonstrates this better than the M850i xDrive.

The Exterior Is a Beast

We all know that a first impression is critical. The M850i xDrive understands this, with bold, muscular design and long, lean, angled highlights. The lines ripple with the suggestion of power while also communicating a streamlined ache for speed. On the aesthetics alone, BMW’s designers have knocked it out of the park.

The Interior’s a Beauty

The interior is one of BMW’s most refined and intentional designs yet. The materials and their tapered lines are exquisite. Where so many makers have obsessed over giving you 1,000 controls that make the interior look like an over-busy airplane cockpit, BMW has focused on simplifying things. This keeps your command over the M850i xDrive more immediate and less confusing without losing precision.

Tech for Power & Control

The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 delivers 530 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque. That’s an improvement in power of nearly 20% over the last version of this engine. BMW’s xDrive technology has led the industry for years. When the road is slick or you run over a pothole or dip, a particular tire might lose some traction. The xDrive system monitors for this and lends power to the other wheels millisecond by millisecond. What might’ve been a slip in decades past is now barely noticeable.

Combined with the car’s integral steering, this is the forefront of returning control to the driver so that it doesn’t get lost due to bad weather or road conditions.

Built Around the Driver

The M850i xDrive takes advantage of its dimensions and technology to give you exceptional command over the road. Everything is built to give the purest experience possible. This is the BMW 8 Series model where design meets powerful technology in perfect unison, all built to serve the driver.

2019 BMW M8 | New V8 Engine | Braman BMW Jupiter, Florida

2019 BMW M8 to Get New V8 Engine

Anytime BMW develops a new model alongside its racing version, you know you’re in for a treat. Such is the case with the 2019 BMW M8, which has been developed in parallel with the M8 GTE racer. The advantage of this parallel development is that the M8 will see many of the design, powertrain, and technological refinements that contribute to the racer’s track capability. This has contributed to the M8’s choice of TwinPower Turbo new V8 engine.

Improvements Abound

The rear-wheel driven M8 will be able to take advantage of about 600 horsepower. Precision is designed hand-in-hand with the raw power of this new V8 engine. The double-wishbone suspension at the front works exquisitely with the multi-link configuration of the rear.

Many design elements have been re-thought to offer optimum performance. The track width of the front axle is wider, the anti-roll bars are firmer, and the rubber mounts add stiffness that allow better control.

Refinement for Performance

This isn’t just change for change’s sake, though. What works will still be utilized, albeit with some smart tweaks. The M Servotronic steering system of the M5 complements the M8 well, but it’s refined for the 2019 BMW M8’s performance.

There are multiple driving modes: Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus. These modes adjust electronically controlled dampers that will soften or harden according to your preference. This level of control lets you cut right to the most enjoyable extremes of the BMW M8.

Safety & Aesthetic

Braking power is impressive with 395-mm, vented, drilled discs at the front and six-piston calipers. These are joined by single-piston calipers and 380mm discs in the rear. This can easily be upgraded to M carbon-ceramic discs of 400-mm and 380-mm, respectively.

Beyond this, it’s safe to say the 2019 BMW M8 might be the best looking BMW yet. Its sleek, low profile hugs the road and evokes both the best of classic BMW looks as well as an aggressive, muscled aesthetic. BMW often leans more toward the futuristic in its latest designs, and the M8 offers a balance between tradition and the future that should excite enthusiasts.