BMW Teases Upcoming M8 with Prototype Photo Gallery
Next year will be big for the BMW Motorsport division, with a number of M models scheduled for unveiling. From the BMW X3 M and X4 M to the M8 in three different guises, things are getting pretty heated up over at BMW M Gmbh. The teaser campaign for the BMW M8 Coupe kicked off today with a couple of very well picked out photos of the new car, under heavy camouflage.
BMW claims the new M8 has been developed the other way around. What that means is, instead of going the traditional route, creating the road-going vehicle first and then enhancing it for track purposes the M engineers have created the BMW M8 GTE first and then went on to create the M8 Coupe. Whether that's true or not remains to be seen but we're hoping the M8 delivers.
Along with these photos, BMW also confirmed a couple of interesting tidbits that were only rumors up until now. The car will be fitted with the same M xDrive system launched for the first time on the F90 M5. It will allow the driver to send all of the power to the rear wheels and make sure the M8 launches from standstill to 100 km/h (62 mph) in about 3.4 seconds or less.
The car will get a new electromechanical steering rack, a new chassis design as well as a new braking system. Of course, you'll still be able to get Carbon Ceramic brakes which are lighter and can take more of a beating on the track but will cost a pretty penny extra. Both the standard 19-inch M light-alloy wheels for the new BMW M8 and their optional 20-inch counterparts are fitted with mixed-size ultra-high-performance tires in standard guise.
Last but not least I should also mention that the new BMW M8 Coupe as well as the Convertible and Gran Coupe models will get an even more powerful version of the 4.4-liter V8 engine of the F90 M5 even in standard guise. According to BMW it will make over 600 HP which leads us to believe the upcoming Competition model will have even more. How much more? Well, that remains to be seen.