In case you had any doubt, the BMW M8 is already one heck of a fast car. The base — as silly as that sounds — version will be packing 600 horsepower and 553 lb-feet of torque, while the Competition model will have 617 ponies on tap.
That translates to a zero-to-60 time of around 3.1 seconds for the standard model, three flat for the Competition, and a top speed somewhere between license-forfeiting and go-directly to jail.
Power will get to all four corners via a specially tweaked eight-speed automatic. And as with the current-gen M5 our own Mike Musto reviewed, drivers can select all the rubber-destroying twist be sent solely to the rear wheels, thought it also means the traction control is switched off. Sounds like fun, right?
Well, in case you’r looking for some additional go-fast goodies, BMW has you covered. First off, there are carbon fiber pieces for the grille surround and the door sills. Technically, these will save some weight, though the primary function is looking cool. And in our professional opinion? They’re succeeding mightily. There’s also a trick carbon fiber steering wheel, with a race-inspired blue stripe at top-dead center.
The components that track-rats will likely appreciate most are the available high-performance brake pads, which are derived from BMW’s endurance racing cars. According to the company, they’ll help haul the car to a stop faster, and be better suited to the prolonged heat and abuse that occurs during closed-course shenanigans.
Because when you’re pushing your limits in a car like this, every little bit helps.
Production is set to start next month, and of course, if you’re looking to get your hands on a new BMW M8, head to your local AutoNation-affiliated BMW dealer. They’ll be happy to get your German rocket ship outfitted just the way you like. Just remember, any speeding tickets are your responsibility.