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Spied: 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe

by Byron Hurd

BMW's performance 8 Series variant is as hot on the outside as it is under the hood.

The new 8 Series is shaping up to be one heck of a flagship coupe for BMW. With three different body styles and multiple engine options on offer, it's almost a lineup unto itself--surprising, given that it's a coupe. With performance crossovers getting hot, luxury manufacturers appear to be the last bastion of the high-performance, low-slung cars we still lust after. 

While four-door "coupes" still draw the ire of many purists, there's no getting around the simple fact that no matter what you choose to call it, the 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe is sexy. It wears four doors more elegantly than many other such cars that have come (and, in some cases, gone) over the past decade or so, and this near-production mule shows us that the 's sensuous lines have survived essentially unchanged to the assembly line.

Like the concept, the production M8 boasts an M-specific body kit that adds larger air intakes, a a ducktail-style rear spoiler, and a new rear bumper with a somewhat eye-catching diffuser.

As with other variants, the M8 Gran Coupe will be powered by a massaged version of the normal 8's twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V8 engine. BMW is promising 600 horsepower (or perhaps just a bit more) through an eight-speed automatic transmission and the same xDrive all-wheel drive system found in the latest M5. Yep, that means rear-wheel-drive on demand. 

BMW's M division claims to have taken quite a bit of weight out of each M8 variant compared to its equivalent 8 Series. Modifications made to the steering, braking, and suspension systems ensure the flagship M car handles as well as it accelerates, both on and off the track. 

Two-door 8 Series variants have been in production since the second half of 2018. The rest of the lineup will be fully fleshed-out over the course of 2019. 

Photos by Chris Doane Automotive.

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