What Car? says...
At What Car? we like to disseminate the facts about cars in the most transparent fashion, so, to explain the difference between the BMW M8 and the regular 8 Series, we’ve devised the curry rating. It works like this: the regular 8 Series is rated jalfrezi, because it’s pretty pokey; the M8 – the subject of this review – tops out at vindaloo.
Yes, the M8 – whether you choose the coupé, convertible or four-door Gran Coupe version – is as spicy as a tabasco pepper soaked in methanol then set on fire. It uses the same engine as the BMW M5 saloon but with even higher power and torque outputs: 616bhp and 553lb ft respectively.
Is it any good, though? Read on to find that out, as well as, more importantly, how it stacks up against its rivals. These are many and varied; from the sportier corner, there’s the Audi R8 and Porsche 911, while the Bentley Continental GT and Mercedes S-Class Coupé (and Cabriolet) cover the luxury end of the market. The M8 is designed to sit between those two extremes.
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|RRP price range||£140,020 - £160,020|
|Number of trims (see all)||1|
|Number of engines (see all)||1|
|Available fuel types (which is best for you?)||petrol|
|MPG range across all versions||24.8 - 24.8|
|Available doors options||2|
|Warranty||3 years / No mileage cap|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£10,182 / £11,662|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£20,365 / £23,325|