New BMW M8 teased … and fresh 'M Mode' button confirmed!

New BMW M8 teased … and fresh 'M Mode' button confirmed!

While the 8-Series Gran Coupe will feature the same mechanical setup as other 8-Series members, the M8, which will be available in all three 8-Series body styles, is slated to debut some new technologies. The engine, all-wheel-drive system, and suspension all have three settings, while the steering has two.

This brake-by-wire system is said to be lighter by two kilograms compared to a conventional system, and offers two modes to drivers - Comfort and Sport - which alter the amount of pressure on the brake pedal required to slow the auto down. One press of the M Mode button will engage the sport setting, in which the active driver assistance systems (in the configuration set by the driver) now only transmit alerts on speed limits and overtaking restrictions. New for BMW is a Setup button on the center console, which will quickly bring up a menu on the screen with every available option, controllable by touch or with the iDrive knob-the M5 has a bunch of separate buttons for each function on the cluttered center console.

Let's set aside for a moment the fact that a BMW M vehicle will get an M Mode to make it more... There's also a button on the console for the exhaust tone.

Changing settings for the braking system is a new feature in the M8 and it was made possible by using an integrated braking system that brings together into a single module brake activation, brake booster and braking control functions.

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"The brake pressure required is triggered by an electric actuator, which allows it to be generated more dynamically and also ensures significantly faster and more precise interventions from the driving stability control system", says BMW. The result is that braking feedback to the driver is unaffected, for example during high brake temperatures, aggressive cornering or when the road surfaces are wet or slippery. This new setup is on both the M8's standard brakes and the optional carbon-ceramic units.

Big news! BMW's M Division has announced a new display and control system for its performance cars, along with a brand new, customisable "M Mode" button. In Road, everything is fully active.

Also new for the 4.4-litre V8-powered M8 models will be a Track mode, accessible when the M button is pressed and held for a few seconds. A simpler function compared to Setup, M Mode alters the responses of the driver assistance systems and the screens in the digital instrument cluster and head-up display.

Along with the new information and set of photos, BMW released a video with Martin Tomczyk, a race-car driver who runs the M8 GTE, chatting with Jörg Weidinger, the product manager for M driving dynamics, about the M8 and its new systems.

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