BMW confirm the M8 will produce over 600 horsepower

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BMW has officially confirmed that their upcoming M8 will produce in excess of 600 horsepower. The news comes during development testing which the M8 is being put through at the Estoril circuit in Portugal.

This confirms the M8 will be more powerful than the current M5, which produces 592bhp from a 4.4L Twin-Turbo V8. Whether it will better the M5 Competition’s output of 616bhp however is something we’ll just have to wait to see.

Also, BMW has confirmed that the M8 will adopt the M5’s wonderful xDrive 4WD system. In standard mode, this system allows for security, with a purist-pleasing rear-drive balance; however, it also famously allows for power to be sent to the rear wheels alone, granting the driver to indulge in their wildest drifting fantasies.

BMW has also stated that the M8 will use a “high-revving TwinPower Turbo V8”. Having not disclosed the capacity of this engine, we can’t confirm 100% that it’ll be the same - or a variant of - the unit that features in the M5. If you ask me however, it will be.

On course to a 2019 reveal, the M8 Coupe will be followed by a convertible version, and eventually a 4-door Gran Coupe model. Presumably, the latter of these will borrow strongly from the M8 Gran Coupe Concept we saw at Geneva back in March.

Last month, information was leaked that an M8 Competition will eventually be added to the range. Following the traditional competition formula, this would result in the M8 receiving stiffer suspension, more power, and further tweaks for the benefit of a sharper drive. The future existence of the M8 Competition however is yet to be confirmed by BMW.

BMW has been rather vocal regarding the M8’s “flagship” position within their range. For the M8 to hold this identity with aplomb, the extra power it has to distinguish itself above the M5 will prove handy - but it’ll also need to stun in other areas. After reading the media’s take on the current M50i xDrive 8-Series, the consensus is that the car’s a great cruiser, but a little cold and lacking in engagment. This is something that the M8 will simply have to assuage if it is to be a true BMW and a worthy flagship.

But what do you guys think? Are you excited for the arrival of the M8, or is it not your cup of tea? Let me know in the comments.

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Written by: Angelo Uccello

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