The BMW M8 Coupe and Convertible Are No More
The BMW M8 coupe and convertible won't make it to the 2021 model year.
1. The BMW M8 coupe and convertible won't be sold in North America starting with the 2021 model year due to supply issues caused by COVID-19.
2. The M8 Gran Coupe will still be available, however the Competition package will now be optional, instead of a stand-alone model.
3. The less powerful M850i coupe and convertible will also be available for 2021.
If you thought it couldn't get any worse than losing the Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R, you thought wrong. BMW has announced that the power-packed BMW M8 coupe and convertible will be discontinued in North America for the 2021 model year. Goodbye 2-door M8s and M8 Competition model. Wait...What's happening to the Competition model? It will now be an optional package, rather than a stand-alone model.
Those who wanted to whip around corners in their 600+ horsepower convertible, you'll have to settle for the less powerful M850i convertible that produces 523 horsepower from its twin-turbo V8 engine.
The 2021 M8 Gran Coupe starts at $131,995 and has a 4.4 L twin-turbocharged V8 that generates 600 horsepower. The now optional Competition package will add 17 horsepower.
BMW M8 Gran Coupe
Why The Change?
The M8 coupe and convertible are exiting North America due to lack of supply. BMW spokesperson Oleg Satanovsky says "The decision is based on available inventory due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its effects on dealership operations and sales." This may not be permanent, however, and certainly isn't worldwide.
A sad week has just wrapped, first we lost the Mustang Shelby GT350 and GT350R, and now the BMW M8? All we can hope for is that the M8s will come back, and not as electric crossovers and SUVs.