It is not that often you question the safety of a BMW. The M8, one of the best cars that BMW has on sale today, although packs in most passive safety features as standard equipment, misses out on certain advanced features in true BMW fashion, leaving it out as a paid optional package. With base prices starting at $133,000, that should not have been the case, we think. But taking a look at what its nearest and price competitive rivals like the Mercedes Benz AMG GT, the Audi R8 V10, and the Jaguar F-Type SVR have on offer as safety equipment, you would be quick to realize that BMW is in a better position here. Even though no official data from the NHTSA or IIHS is available for the 2020 BMW M8’s crash safety, this article discusses the rest of the safety implementations this coupe has on offer.
The 2020 BMW M8 is based on BMW Cluster Architecture (CLAR) platform. This platform is something that is shared between sedans like the BMW 5 and 7 series and SUVs like the X6 and the X7. A combination of high-grade steel, aluminum, and carbon fiber (in some cases) constitute this chassis and is well known for its structural rigidity. Though the primary target here is to reduce weight and increase platform sharing, the safety aspects are claimed to be uncompromised.
Passive safety systems like dual-stage airbags, child-seat anchors, and pre-tensioning seat belts do come standard. Advanced features like adaptive headlights, brake drying, emergency braking preparation, pre/post-collision safety systems, tire pressure monitoring, stability control, and a decent suite of driver assistance systems are also part of the standard package. Features like a surround-view parking camera and blind-spot monitoring system are still part of the additional package despite the extremely high price tag.
What features make the 2020 BMW M8 safe?
Some features which make the 2020 BMW M8 safe are –
- Lane Departure Warning- This feature alerts the driver when the vehicle starts swerving off a specific road lane. Audi and visual warnings are illuminated first. If the driver does not respond the system is programmed to steer back the vehicle into the correct lane.
- Driver monitoring- Special driver activity detecting sensors and steering mounted sensors, constantly monitor the driver’s condition and alerts through audio, visual, or physical warning in case the driver dozes off.
- Front collision warning/ collision mitigation braking- Active front end sensors and the camera picks up an imminent crash and warns the drivers to apply the brakes. If the drive fails to act on this within a specific time frame, the system engages the brakes itself.
- Tire pressure monitoring system- This system constantly monitors the tire pressure and warns the driver about variation or loss of pressure in individual tires.
- Blindspot warning- Rear mount sensors detect approaching traffic and alert the driver through a visual or audio warning. This system is especially useful when merging into highways or when switching lanes
- Seatbelt pre-tensioning system- Tightens the seat belt when the vehicle detects an imminent crash, reducing slack on the belt and increasing the restraint capability.
- Driving assistance professional package- This $1,700 package includes active cruise control with stop-and-go technology, which as the name suggests can remain in cruise control mode even if the vehicle in the front stops for a duration of 30 seconds. This package also includes an active side collision alert system with visual/physical (steering vibration) warnings and an extended traffic jam assist system which helps in driving at slow speeds for an extended period.
Is the 2020 BMW M8 safe?
Not having a rating from the IIHS or the NHTSA does not render a vehicle unsafe, especially when you are talking about cars that cost over $100,000. German-made cars are usually known for their solid build and the same goes for the 2020 BMW M8. It packs in all the passive safety systems that you expect from a vehicle of this generation and also gets a decent suite of advanced driver assistance systems that should keep you safe from a crash or even endangering yourselves in the event of a crash. However, at this high price tag, we do wish that features like the blind-spot monitoring system and surround-view camera come in as standard equipment.
Important 2020 BMW M8 Coupe Links:
More from 2020 BMW M8 Coupe
2020 BMW M8 Coupe Exclusive Interior and Exterior Pictures | View latest Pictures