First details on the BMW M8

2020 BMW M8 prototype

2020 BMW M8 prototype

Let's set aside for a moment the fact that a BMW M auto will get an M Mode to make it more...

BMW has dropped a handful of photos and details about the upcoming M8 Coupe and it's immediately apparent that the company is not messing around with its latest performance weapon.

The M8 will also have an eight-speed automatic transmission and an M xDrive all-wheel-drive system that has a rear-wheel-drive mode.

Very subtly, BMW has announced that these two features - which also feature configurable brakes, for the first time ever - will debut in the forthcoming BMW M8 coupe, and... the forthcoming BMW M8 Competition coupe.

Like the M5, two M buttons on the steering wheel allow you to save your preferred settings made in the Setup screen, along with other separate settings like the active exhaust, Drivelogic level, M Dynamic Mode and engine automatic start/stop function. Comfort and sport modes alter the amount of pressure on the brake pedal required to slow the vehicle. The gearbox's three settings are controlled by a button on the shift lever, and stability control can be deactivated by a button on the center console. The ability to change the feel of the brakes is new on the M8, as the model uses an integrated braking system that brings together the brake activation, a vacuum-free brake booster and braking control functions within a compact module. Chassis tuning options include Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus options. BMW says that feedback from the brakes is "unimpaired" by things like high temperatures or wet roads, claiming that the M8 generates "sublime pedal feel in any situation". The system is applicable to cars fitted with the standard M compound brakes or optional M carbon-ceramic brakes. The driver can then activate their desired mode for the engine, suspension, steering, brakes and M xDrive via the touchscreen or the iDrive controller.

In all, there will be three different displays that can be summoned, namely Road, Sport and Track (Track will only be available for the Competition models). In Road, everything is fully active.

Or, as BMW puts it: "'Track mode allows drivers of the new BMW M8 Competition coupe and convertible to experience an ultra-pure, racing-car-inspired distillation of M feeling". This button can be used to adjust the instrument cluster, Head-Up Display, and various driving modes, including a Track setting exclusively to the M8 Competition Coupe and M8 Competition Convertible.

All M8s will feature a Setup button on the center console that opens up a specific menu in the display system where powertrain and chassis systems, including the all-wheel drive and brakes, can be adjusted.