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2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe Competition is 617hp of four-door luxury

Heavyweight hauler: 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe four-door checks the flagship performance boxes

The standard M8 Gran Coupe produces 600 hp (447 kW) and 553 pound-feet (750 Newton-meters) of torque, while the Competition trim pumps out the aforementioned 617 horses and 553 lb-ft.

BMW rounds out the M8 trio with the unveiling of the more passenger-focused, but still monstrously muscular, 2020 M8 Gran Coupe Competition. Slotting in alongside the existing BMW M8 Coupe, the new Gran Coupe variants throws in bigger rear seats and the extra doors to better access them, but doesn't compromise on performance for that. As a bonus, he also got to evaluate the 2020 BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe, the four-door adaptation that will eventually be offered in M8 form as well.

Compared to the M8 Coupe and Convertible, the M8 Gran Coupe is more than 9 inches longer, and rides atop a wheelbase that's almost 8 inches longer. For comparison's sake, that's the equivalent of 2.6 Asian water buffalos or around three Lotus Elans. The added $13,000 cost has its perks: the M8 Competition Gran Coupe has "Competition" badges that will help establish a pecking order in the vintage race vehicle paddock. These are paired with Adaptive M suspension as standard, which gets stiffened up on Competition package cars. Both get electromechanical M Servotronic steering with a variable ratio, that's also drive mode dependent. Seating for five is standard, with 3D quilting to the leather; you probably don't want to be sat in the middle rear seat, mind, since the center console extends back from the front. The front calipers are six-piston units loaded with M compound pads. However, if you're genuinely ballin', you can opt for the BMW M carbon-ceramic brakes. The front brakes are larger at 15.75 inches, too.

One particularly interesting technical component of the braking system is BMW's use of its M-tuned, brake-by-wire tech. This system has the benefit of being able to tune brake feel for individual driving modes as well as saving a bit of weight - 4.5 pounds, according to BMW.

Performance figures are 0-100km/h in 3.3 seconds for the "regular" M8 and 3.2 seconds for the Competition model.

In the United States, the M8 Gran Coupe will start at $130,000. Buyers looking for more velocity can option the M Driver's package, which increases the top speed to 190 miles per hour and includes M School driver training at one of BMW's two Performance Driving Schools. These include forward-collision warning and BMW's Active Protection precrash mitigation system. Blind spot detection, lane departure warnings, the surround view camera, drive recorder, parking assistant, active park distance control, rear cross traffic alerts, and speed limit information are part of the optional Driving Assistant Package. You also get BMW's Extended Traffic Jam Assistant, to make quick work of your commute. The 2020 M8 Gran Coupe Competition, meanwhile, will be from $143,000 plus $995 destination. The biggest difference to the coupe, and indeed the Gran Coupe's reason for being, is found in back.

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