In the latest episode of The Carmudgeon Present, journalist/co-host Jason Cammisa talks concerning the new BMW M8 Competition Coupe with different co-host Derek Tam-Scott.

The dialog is sparked by Cammisa’s newest version of Car and Driver Journal, which options the BMW M8 on its cowl. He isn’t significantly variety to the M8, calling it a “hideous inexperienced monstrosity”. He additionally pokes enjoyable at its weight, which is totally warranted as a result of it weighs 4,251 lbs, and says that something that heavy shouldn’t have the phrase “Competitors” in its identify. Onerous to argue that.

Nonetheless, the dialog then turns to the automobile’s efficiency. The BMW M8 Competitors Coupe was simply given the standard Automotive and Driver instrumented take a look at, by which they take a look at and measure completely each facet of the automobile. C&D additionally examined its 0-60 mph time and recorded a merely astonishing 2.5 second run to sixty. That’s mind-warping, {that a} automobile of its dimension and weight can speed up that shortly.

As Cammisa additionally factors out from the problem of C&D, that 0-60 mph time is quicker than that of the Ferrari 488 Pista, a 700-plus horsepower mid-engine supercar. Admittedly, the M8 is all-wheel drive but it surely additionally weighs about 1,200 lbs greater than the Pista, which seemingly mitigates its grip benefit. It’s It’s really stunning, simply how briskly the M8 is.

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In typical Carmudgeon trend, although, Cammisa simply finds that to be too quick. And he’s proper. In case you’ve ever pushed a BMW M8 on each the highway and the monitor, you’d perceive what he means. On monitor, the M8 is a surprisingly enjoyable automobile to drive, regardless of its heft. It’s monstrously highly effective, shockingly agile and might really be a little bit of a hooligan. Nonetheless, on the highway, it’s simply too highly effective, composed, luxurious and refined for its personal good. At speeds below 100 mph, the M8 is bored, which suggests the driving force is, too.

Unimaginable efficiency is nice however what’s extra essential than all of that velocity is the feeling of velocity. If it’s completely masked by layers of refinement, brutal acceleration can really get outdated fairly shortly. This really brings me again to my drive within the ’65 Mini Cooper S from my journey to Pebble Seashore final 12 months. That automobile had nearly 100 horsepower, hit 60 mph in about ten minutes and doubtless topped out at lower than 100 mph. But it’s nonetheless probably the most enjoyable automobile I’ve pushed due to the way it made me really feel whereas driving it.

Positive, the BMW M8 Competitors Coupe is an objectively spectacular automobile, one which makes engineer brains completely satisfied. Nonetheless, it’s completely devoid of enjoyable, a humorousness or any kind of engagement. And it’s too rattling quick.