The new 2020 BMW M8 Gran Coupe will be making its official debut at next month’s LA Auto Show and it is basically the same as the M8 that debuted earlier this year but with two extra doors for a total of four (don’t let the ‘Coupe’ bit in the name fool you…).

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With a longer wheelbase and a tad more heft in spite of plenty of lightweight goodies including a carbon fibre roof and carbon fibre reinforced plastic portions of the transmission tunnel (the doors, bonnet, engine subframe, and rear bumper are all made of aluminium) it will be rather different to drive than the M8 - but with more interior room you’ll be able to carry more passengers, and if they like powerful cars they’ll want to ride along because this one has the same 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 as the coupe and in Competition form it makes a very healthy 617 horsepower!

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The super sports saloon in base trim has 600 horses and 750Nm of torque along with a 0-100kph sprint of 3.1 seconds while the Competition model allows the Gran Coupe to do the same in 3.0 seconds and with the optional M Driver's Package it has a top speed of 305kph. The V8 is mated to an eight-speed automatic which via the xDrive system sends power to all four wheels but it works like a rear-drive unit until it detects traction is being lost where it can send all the power to the front and it has an electronically-controlled limited-slip differential. Stopping power comes from 15.5in front brakes with six-piston callipers and 15in rear brakes with single-piston callipers.

Launched in a splendid purple paint job called Ametrin Metallic (which will be made available for the two-door M8 as well) the Competition model also boasts stiffer engine mounts, a dual-mode exhaust, and a suspension with more negative camber.

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The interior is swathed in Merino leather, carbon fibre trim and red detailing to help distinguish itself from the non-M counterparts and seating for five is standard. Rear passengers get individual climate controls, air vents, and their own USB-C ports.

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Some of the tech includes a 12.3in Live Cockpit Professional driver display, a 10.25in centre touchscreen that is controlled via a new iDrive controller with haptic feedback and gesture control, wireless charging for your phone and WiFi hotspot, head-up display, Harman-Kardon Surround Sound audio, and Apple CarPlay are standard.

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As for the safety systems it packs plenty including frontal collision warnings with city collision mitigation, blind spot detection, lane departure warning, surround view camera, drive recorder, parking assistant, active park distance control, rear cross traffic alerts, and speed limit information.