In the standard M8, it makes the same 600 horsepower and 553 lb. -ft. of torque as it does in the M5, but in the Competition models that number is tuned up to 617, proving the 600-plus-horsepower prophecies to be accurate.
Both coupe and convertible versions are on sale now priced from £123,435 and £130,435 respectively, and it'll be on United Kingdom roads this October.
BMW will begin building the 2020 M8 in July. That means the M8 is all-wheel drive in its standard configuration and, at the flick of a switch, rear-wheel drive when the driver wants it to be.
Like the closely related BMW M5 sedan, it's the Competition version of the M8 that boasts the most impressive numbers.
The German automaker has equipped these two new Competition models with a 625-horsepower V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology, as well as an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic and the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system. It also uses a wheelbase that is 24mm shorter than that of its predecessor at 2827mm, with corresponding track widths that are reduced by 4mm at the front, at 1627mm, and increased by 20mm at the rear, at 1632mm. Carbon-ceramic brakes are a standalone performance option.
The M8's all-wheel-drive system is also shared with the M5, and offers the same rear-biased "2WD" mode for tail-out antics.
The result is the most powerful production M auto ever and new territory for BMW, given the brand never gave us a showroom ready M8 version of the original E31 8 Series.
The carbon fiber exterior parts are the first things that are noticeable in these models.
The M Performance Pro steering wheel is the highlight for sure, complete with carbon-fiber shift paddles, Alcantara, and carbon-fiber trim.
Compared to the M850i model that we get in the USA, the M8 will command a significant price premium, with the coupe starting almost $20,000 higher, at $133,995. BMW says that production starts up in July 2019, so expect to see them reach US dealerships shortly after that.