The 617-hp twin-turbo V-8 engine of the BMW M8 has such mind-blowing performance that it can reach 60 mph in only 2.5 seconds. The M8 travels a quarter mile at 129 mph in under 10.7 seconds. That is faster than a 710-hp Ferrari 488 Pista from a vehicle that weighs more than two tons and has a rear seat. Put that down to an overachieving engine and all-wheel drive traction. The M8 is really quick, yet thanks to its smooth transition to criminal speeds and its solidity, when clamped to the pavement, going fast, feels almost guilt-free.
The M8 cockpit is well-appointed and features a sizable touchscreen screen to handle navigation or audio choices. It is available as a coupe and convertible (the four-door M8 Gran Coupe is reviewed separately). Its rear seat, however, isn’t a useful area. The M8 is a huge coupe with even bigger performance figures, making it one of the cheapest vehicles that will consistently allow you to complete a quarter-mile in less than 10 seconds.
Price and availability
The M8 is unique in its class even at its high-end premium price point. At this price point, there aren’t really any vehicles that can compete with their performance, appearance, or features. The MSRP for the 2023 BMW M8 starts at $134,100. The M8 is easily a $150,000 vehicle when equipped with extras. For instance, adding $18,400 to the base price will add the M carbon bucket seats, M carbon exterior package, and M carbon ceramic brakes.
What has changed for 2025?
The BMW M8 has only had a few tweaks for 2025. Every M8 now features a new 12.3-inch infotainment display, while the kidney grille has been slightly updated and is now illuminated.
Performance – Engine, Transmission, and Other
The 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 that powers the M8 produces 617 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. The powerful engine is coupled with an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel drive system with a rear bias that can cut power to the front axle. We’ve had a chance to spend some time driving the coupe and convertible M8 Competition, and we were awestruck by their elegant demeanor and responsive powertrains. The 4251-pound M8 Comp coupe’s extremely rapid acceleration, reaching 60 mph in under 2.5 seconds, assailed us when we attached our test equipment to it.
Although the BMW’s exhaust noise doesn’t exactly excite as much as that of its Mercedes-AMG competitors, it is incredibly speedy, and its automatic transmission is incredibly intelligent. We discovered that inducing power slides is better left for the safety of an empty parking lot or a race track, despite the fact that the all-wheel-drive system is designed to deliver rear-drive thrills. Thanks to a supple ride that belies its track-focused qualities, the M8 didn’t torture us on normal roads. Don’t mistake its charm for weakness, though.
Massive amounts of grip are provided by the M8 chassis, which also transmits some feedback to the thick-rimmed steering wheel. The M8 is a fascinating partner whenever the route widens or becomes winding thanks to its blend of rapidity and nimbleness. Unfortunately, the couple’s 4251-pound curb weight is distributed over its front axle more than half of the time, which would explain why it struggles to rotate more easily. The adjustable brake pedal, too, didn’t feel very engaging to us.
Fuel efficiency and actual MPG
It is anticipated that the M8 coupe and convertible will use fuel inefficiently both on and off the freeway. They are all predicted to achieve 15 mpg in the city and 21 mpg on the highway. We haven’t tested any M8s on our 75-mph highway fuel-economy route, but when we do, we’ll assess their real-world mpg.
Cargo, Comfort, and the Interior
Like the majority of BMW M vehicles, the M8’s interior and passenger volume are nearly comparable to those of the standard models. The leather surfaces are exquisitely stitched together, and the trim pieces are sufficiently expensive, despite the fact that the design doesn’t strike us as being particularly inventive. A 12.1-inch digital gauge cluster, heat source and ventilated front seats, a Nappa leather-covered dashboard, a control steering wheel, and wireless charging are just a few of the opulent goodies that come standard on every M8.
Its cabin offers plenty of room for passengers in the front seats, but it treats those confined to the cramped back seats as inferiors. The substantially roomier, four-door M8 Gran Coupe should be taken into consideration by those who want an M8 and frequently need to transport more than two people. We were able to fit five carry-on bags in the trunk of an 8-series coupe, so we anticipate that the M8 will offer a similar amount of space.
Connectivity and Information
Every M8 has a 12.3-inch touchscreen in the center of the dashboard that serves as the center of BMW’s infotainment system. A rotary controller and actual buttons on the center console are used in addition to the primary display. Although some of the choices are crowded and force the driver to take their eyes off the road, the interface has clear graphics and responds quickly. Even so, the system’s voice commands functioned effectively, and gesture controls are an option. Apple CarPlay (but not Android Auto), a Wi-Fi hotspot with a monthly fee, and a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system are desirable standard equipment.
Features for Driver Assistance and Safety
Numerous driver-assistance technologies, including options like self-parking assist and night vision, are available for the coupe and convertible. Visit the websites of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) for more details regarding the M8’s crash test results. Important safety elements include:
- standard automatic emergency braking and forward collision warning
- available stop-and-go technology for adaptive cruise control
- Blind-spot monitoring is possible.
Coverage for Warranties and Maintenance
In line with its high-performance competitors, BMW offers a limited powertrain warranty that is competitive. The business also provides one of the industry’s longest complimentary maintenance programs.
- Four years or 50,000 miles are covered under the limited warranty.
- Four years or 50,000 miles are covered by the powertrain warranty.
- Maintenance is free for 3 years.