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The BMW M8 has been given abundant carbon

BMW's M Performance parts catalogue has been thrown at the M8 with haste

Published: 07 Jun 2019
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BMW doesn’t pause for breath. Moment after the unveiling of its new M8 Competition comes the release of numerous aftermarket M Performance extras. And confirmation that the base M8 will have 592bhp. Yeah, the M Division does strong base cars.

Now, we’re rather taken by the relatively subtle styling of the M8, so the need for extra bits and bobs being strapped to it is arguably negligible. But let’s go through it all anyway.

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First up, the abundant carbonfibre on the exterior, with some newly expensive-to-scuff splitters and sills that BMW helpfully describes as “UV and temperature-resistant and car wash compatible”. The carbon around the kidney grille, shoved in the side gills and wrapped around the mirrors, meanwhile? We’ll leave opinions on that to you.

Inside, there’s the possibility of yet more carbon, with the paddleshifters and steering wheel trim available in the stuff. Less likely to grate is the Alcantara, placed correctly at nine and three on the wheel. It’s amazing how many factory steering wheels incorrectly wrap the material top and bottom of the rim…

Finally, there’s the official (and machine washable!) M Performance car cover, “for the preferably short periods in between individual trips in the fascinating BMW M8 models” according to the fantastically worded bumf. It’s an indoor cover only, though, so only you will get to enjoy the kidney grille and tricolour highlights. For shame.

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