Facelifted BMW M8 Competition unveiled

Same 625hp V8, different paint

By PH Staff / Wednesday, January 26, 2022 / Loading comments

It was relatively easy to like the current M8 Competition in all its Coupe, Convertible and Gran Coupe flavours. After all, it looked the part. And came with BMW’s irrepressible 4.4-litre V8 in force-of-nature 625hp format. Which bodes well for its successor, because everything of significance remains exactly the same in the new 2022 version.

Lower down the revised 8 Series lineup there has been some mild styling tweaks, but the M8’s visual fettling is limited to eight new colours and an additional bi-colour star-spoke design 20-inch alloy wheel. Oh and the option of Shadow Line treatment in the lighting department. Want to know what the paint is called? Of course you do. Skyscraper Grey, Brooklyn Grey, Isle of Man Green (nice) and Tanzanite Blue are now among the metallic choices; Frozen Pure Grey, Frozen Deep Grey, Frozen Deep Green and Frozen Tanzanite Blue are the silk matt finishes available from BMW Individual.

Inside it gets very slightly more exciting because the standard Merino leather/Alcantara upholstery is now available in a Black/Sakhir Orange colour scheme for the first time – and the Alcantara has been extended to cover places it hadn’t previously: namely the instrument panel and more of the doors. But possibly the most consequential feature of the new version is the introduction of BMW’s upgraded infotainment unit, which means you get a touchscreen measuring 12.3 inches rather than 10.25. And when it comes to displays, inches count.

If you’re searching for something more consequential, you will do so in vain – but it’s probably worth noting that as we approach the end of days, less is often more when it comes to facelifts. After all, BMW hasn’t attempted to foist any manner of electrification on the M8. For a little while longer it remains a hugely powerful, wonderfully luxurious, sub-four-second-to-62mph, all-wheel-drive petrol-drinking titan. In three body styles. Probably we should be happy with that.

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