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Pirelli Developed Specific Tires For New BMW M8, M8 Competition

The result of a close cooperation between BMW and Pirelli, the P Zero tires of the new M8 and M8 Competition come in 275/35 ZR 20 up front and 285/35 ZR 20 at the rear axle.
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The rubber and tread are tailored to the characteristics of the luxurious coupe, delivering “better performance in terms of lap time, dry handling, wet handling, consistency, braking performance, straight hydroplaning, lateral hydroplaning, weight, comfort, noise, and mileage.”

BMW and Pirelli collaborated “over several years” to get the tires right, and that says a lot about the involvement of both parties to deliver a world-class driving experience. The biggest difference as opposed to the P Zero you’ll find at retailers is the tread pattern, but there’s more than just that.

Front tires have a symmetrical carcass structure while the rears feature an asymmetrical structure to optimize performance. Benchmarked against the bone-stock P Zero, the M8- and M8 Competition-specific tires posted superior results in pretty much every driving scenario. On the track and out on public roads, there’s no denying that Pirelli made a decisive contribution.

Available as a fixed-head coupe, soft-top convertible, and four-seat Gran Coupe, the M8 and M8 Competition both rely on a 4.4-liter V8 with twin-turbocharging technology. Up to 625 PS (616 horsepower) and M xDrive should do the trick regardless of the driving scenario, along with the M Sport differential, trick suspension parts, and the integral active steering.

M-specific upgrades also translate to M-specific sticker prices, and BMW certainly wants a lot of money for the luxurious newcomers. The M8 starts at $133,000 for the coupe while the M8 Competition levels up to $146,000 excluding the destination charge. The cabrio will set you back $142,500 or $155,500 while the Gran Coupe isn’t featured in the configurator yet.

Even the M8 Competition is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph), but then again, acceleration and handling are of the essence here.

 
 
 
 
 

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