BMW M8 Competition vs BMW M5 Competition drag race 2020
In this drag race, we’ve got the all-new bmw m8 Competition on the start line with 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 that can produce 625hp and 750Nm of torque. The M8 is up again Competition, which arrives with… exactly the same engine and automatic gearbox!
The M8 costs around £20,000 more than the M5 – and has two fewer seats? but the M5 is just a bit lighter. So does it have the speed to beat the M8?
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The format for our drag races is we begin with a 1/4-mile race from a standing start? a straight line speed test using all the launch control tech you’d expect from a high-end sports coupe. Then there are a couple of rolling races where the cars accelerate from 50mph, and finally, there’s a brake test where the cars conduct a full emergency stop from 70mph.
So who will win – Mat or our special guest driver? Watch the video to find out.
What’s so special about the BMW M8 Competition?
Competition is a stunning sports coupé that’s an alternative to the likes of the Mercedes-Benz AMG GT four-door, Carrera S or . Like all these cars, it is superquick yet still comfortable to drive for long periods. The seats in the back aren’t really seats at all? more like spaces for a few extra bags and some desirable pieces of kit, such as automatic cruise control, aren’t even standard. You have to pay extra.
Still, the M8 Competition is all about the driving experience and here it doesn’t disappoint. As with many high performance BMWs, the M8 has xDrive permanent all-wheel drive that sends power to the front and rear wheels through an eight-speed automatic gearbox. It’s a clever system that alters how much power is sent to each wheel. It comes with a range of driving modes, from rear-wheel drive set-ups to grippy four-wheel drive, but whichever mode you are in, it is an impressive car to drive. The standard adaptive suspension makes it more agile than an M5 in tight corners.
And what’s so special about the BMW M5 Competition?
You get the same engine and gearbox set up in the M5 Competition as you do in the M8, but this is a seriously quick saloon car, so there’s a degree of practicality here you just don’t get in the M8. The as an alternative to a Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 It also gets the BMW xDrive four-wheel drive system, and like the M8 Competition you can stick in rear-wheel drive mode and you can have a lot of fun smoking your expensive tyres sliding at speed around a track.
Thes party trick though is that it can do all this sports car stuff and still be practical, with space for front and rear seat passengers, and comfortable too. It comes with all the infotainment tech you get in the standard as well.
The bmw m5 Competition starts £98,100, though if you buy the car through our trusted dealers on carwow, you can expect a discount of around £16,000 (prices correct at the time of publishing). Meanwhile, the starting price of the M8 Competition is £123,435. Again, if you sign in to carwow trusted BMW dealers are currently offering discounts of more than £20,000 off the list