The Audi RS7 Sportback now has some company. When it first launched, the only car in its class was the Mercedes-AMG GT 4-Door 63S but that car starts at almost $30,000 more than what the RS7 will cost and it’s hideous. So Audi didn’t really have to worry much about the 4-Door AMG. Now, though, it does have something to worry about — the all-new BMW M8 Gran Coupe.
Based on the standard 8 Series, the BMW M8 Gran Coupe is a four-door cruise missile that could be even better looking than the stunning Audi RS7. Which is really saying something.
Its four-door styling is gorgeous, with a sweeping roofline, a built-in ducktail spoiler, muscular haunches and aggressive lines. It’s a genuinely beautiful car and could be the only big four-door to give the RS7 a run for its money. It’s a bit early to tell, without having both cars in front of us, but the Bimmer might be the better looking of the two.
Under that achingly pretty body lies a monster performance machine. It’s powered by the same 4.4 liter twin-turbocharged V8 as the BMW M5, which means it makes 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. In M8 Gran Coupe Competition-spec, it makes 617 hp and the same 553 lb-ft. According to BMW, it can rocket from 0-60 mph in 3.1 seconds (3.0 seconds flat for the Competition). That’s significantly faster than the claimed 3.6 seconds for the RS7 but we expect both cars to be quite similar in the real world. Especially considering that the Audi has quite a bit more torque on paper.
As for how they handle, it’s going to be interesting. Both cars should be very thrilling but also surprisingly comfortable. Expect both of them to be more like very fast, very capable GT cars, rather than all-out sports cars. Both will also come with all-wheel drive and limited-slip rear differentials. Although, the BMW M8 Gran Coupe will get a “2WD” mode, which turns it into a rear-wheel drive, tire-munching monster.
We can’t wait to see what’s in store for these two and how they compare once they’re both on the road. Both are going to be priced around the same $130,000-range, so they’re going to be close rivals to each other than any other car. It’s going to be fun watching them compete for years to come.