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The new BMW M8 Competition is the fastest BMW ever made. Which is one of 10 reasons to buy one.

With the same 4.4-litre V8 as fitted in the M5 Competition, the M8 will produce 625hp and 750nm of torque, which should make those who wanted more power out of the standard M8 happy. As will the 0-60mph time of just 3.2 seconds with the convertible also doing it in 0.1 seconds more.

The performance is etched on its muscular skin, with an aggressive front bumper, extra scoops, large quad-pipe exhausts and bulging wheel arches that house those pretty 20-inch mags. The convertible raises and lowers in just 15 seconds, and the heated seats bow warm air onto your neck for those who live in colder climates.

The M8 has three settings for its four-wheel-drive system. The first is for normal driving while the second turns off some of the nannies, allowing for crazy burnouts and fun track days. The last setting turns everything off and sends all of the power to the rear wheels. Basically, it'll kill you if you don't pay attention.

The brakes are massive, and there's an option to upgrade to carbon-ceramics that'll offer fade-free stopping power for when you want to go full hooligan. They're adjustable too, as is the suspension setup and steering, and you can select Individual mode and combine them however you like to suit you.

The car comes with enough standard kit to justify its not insignificant price of £123k, including laser lights and semi-autonomous driving modes, digital displays and a lot of leather and carbon fibre.

Arguably its biggest selling point? Perhaps that is it cheaper and faster than the rear-wheel-drive Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe.

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