The BMW M8 Gran Coupe is an interesting car. On the one hand, it’s a street ballistic missile that can accelerate so fast that it feels like teleportation. On the other hand, it’s a quiet, comfortable, and refined cruiser. When it comes to real grand touring, the M8 Gran Coupe is really hard to beat. But what happens if it’s a completely new GT type from a very small manufacturer – the Polestar 1? That’s exactly what happens in this new Top Gear group test.
On paper, these two cars are very different. However, both do the same thing. They are both very fast, stylish, and comfortable GT cars. They only have two very different ways of doing business.
The M8 Gran Coupe is more traditional, thanks to its 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, 617 horsepower (in competition spec) and traditional all-wheel drive. While the Polestar 1 is more high-tech. It uses a 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged and supercharged engine which, in combination with an electric motor, produces 375 hp and drives the front wheels. There are also two additional electric motors in the rear that together make 228 horsepower, each driving a rear wheel. The engine gets an eight-speed automatic and the entire setup is all-wheel drive.
Which is the better car to actually drive? You have to read the TG article of course to get the correct answer as we don’t want to spoil your article, but the result is more interesting than we thought. These two cars offer very different answers to the same question: How do you make an exciting, stylish GT car? The BMW M8 Gran Coupe does it the old-fashioned way; with strength (a lot of strength) and comfort. The Polestar 1 offers the latest technology and an elegant Scandinavian style. You can’t go wrong either way, but one car is certainly more fun than the other.[Source: Top Gear]