Sound of Music : BMW M8 Competition Convertible Driven [review]

By davidkhoo, 09 October 2019

The Brand’s Hatch Grey Convertible struck a cool and collected pose at the hotel, and then we were blown away by its luscious Taruma Brown interior, which glowed under the sun’s rays with the soft-top down.

It’s a stunning combination – for drop-tops, you always want to be able to flash the cabin trim when the roof is down, and you can’t do that if it’s boring black.

(Click HERE to read about the M8 Competition Coupe)

Like the Z4 roadster, the M8 Competition Convertible has a soft-top for an elegant silhouette, which can be operated when the M8 is on the move at speeds of up to 50km/h.

(Click HERE to read our Z4 M40i review)

We still have a soft spot for the large, grand touring soft-top convertibles, because they don’t give-off the one-car-for-all vibe of automated hard-tops. 

(Click HERE to read about the M850i xDrive Convertible)

As a cross-country sports tourer for two, the M8 Competition Convertible is a surprisingly feisty companion through the winding passes, especially with the soft-top down and sports exhaust in full-bodied song; it blasts along like a cruise missile and can be hustled along with plenty of verve, especially with a creamy 750Nm on tap from just 1800rpm. 

(Click HERE to read about the M8 Competition Coupe)

BMW’s integrated braking system, which debuts on the M8, lets one toggle between Comfort and Sport modes to vary brake pedal feel. ‘Comfort’ was particularly useful when used in conjunction with the optional carbon ceramic brakes, because it made for smoother braking in the city’s start-stop traffic, yet ‘Sport’ provides stupendous braking force for fast-roads and track scenarios.

PHOTOS BMW

BMW M8 Competition Convertible
Engine 4395cc, V8, twin-turbo
Power/rpm 625hp/6000rpm
Torque/rpm 750Nm/1800-5800rpm
Transmission 8spd M Steptronic auto
0-100km/h 3.3secs
Top Speed 305km/h (M Driver’s Package)
Fuel Consumption 10.8l/100km
CO2 242g/km (246g/km)

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