After what feels like millions of teasers, the BMW M8 is finally here. And its arrived at once in full-strength Competition form, possessing a mighty 616bhp and a frankly ludicrous 3.2 second 0-60mph time. Not to mention a 189mph top speed if you've ticked the right options box.
It is also, by some stretch, the most expensive M car ever, possibly for the fact BMW have made incredible strides into the new world of luxury motoring, This might help justify the coupe costing around £123,500 excluding a number of specification options and a convertible option.
If you're worried 'luxury' means 'soft' then cease your fretting, though, as BMW has shoehorned in every bit of technology imaginable to make a near two-tonne GT with supercar power work properly.
So there's four-wheel drive, but with a rear-wheel 'drift mode'. A new engine mounting to better reinforce the 4.4 Litre V8 turbo within the M8's structure. Adaptive suspension with a different set-up between coupe and cabrio. All manner of braking, steering and stability assistance systems.
The latter includes the M8’s headline piece, the introduction of BMW’s new adjustable brakes. Both the standard steel and optional carbon-ceramic braking systems come attached to a lightweight new module which, through the car’s multitudinous driving mode selection screens, offers Comfort and Sport modes to “alter the amount of pressure on the brake pedal required to slow the car”.
Is this overkill? In a world where cars can still feel dizzyingly customisable when merely limited to steering, throttle response and suspension options, you could argue adding yet another adjustable element means too much choice. But we eagerly await a chance to try it nonetheless; M Division pioneered adjustable gearbox response and it remains a beguiling part of its cars to this day.
We probably ought to mention the looks, too. In a slightly, um, troubling age for BMW styling, this one looks pretty bang on, doesn’t it? Just the right amount of anger and aggression, a nice subtle rear spoiler and the increasingly trademark louvred carbon roof of M-badged coupes.