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New BMW M8 2018: 8-series based M-car to produce 592bhp

Jordan Katsianis
29 Nov 2017

Get all the info and latest news on the new 2018 BMW M8 super coupe.

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The BMW M8 was revealed at the 2017 M Festival ahead of the its launch in 2018. BMW hasn’t announced any pricing for the sleek super-coupe, but a six-figure sticker is likely when it arrives to assume supremacy in the BMW M-car ranks.

The M8 was sanctioned off the back of BMW’s decision to return to Le Mans with the BMW M8 GTE, the race car set for its competitive debut at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January 2018. The M8 will succeed the current two-door BMW M6 variants (the coupe and convertible), and share a powertrain with the (new G90 generation) BMW M5, just as M6s have historically done.

Behind the BMW M8’s low-slung nose you’ll find the latest iteration of the S63 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8. Respective power and torque outputs of 592bhp and 553lb ft represent 40bhp and 52lb ft improvements over the BMW M6. Mind you, an M6 specified with the optional Competition Package develops 592bhp, it just can’t match the torque that’s on offer in its M8 replacement.

The engine will drive through the same eight-speed torque-converter gearbox as in the M5, channeling power to both axles through BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. The torque-split, front-to-rear can be altered through a trio of presets: 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD. The middle setting is more rear-biased than the first, and the latter locks out the front-axle altogether.

> Click here for our preview drive of the upcoming all-new M5

We will have to wait for confirmed performance figures, but with a dry weight expected to be in the region of 1800kg (the M8 will feature a number of carbonfibre panels such as the roof to keep the weight down), expect the 0-62mph to be close to 3.0-seconds and the top speed to be governed to 155mph with the option to raise it to 186mph. 

Aesthetically, the prototype in the official pictures provides a good look at what the production version of the 8-series will look like. Unlike the 8 GT concept, the prototype hints at a subtler shape, with smaller wheels, a higher nose but an overall smaller footprint. Although the actual bodywork is clad in detail-hiding material, it is also noticeable that the large scalloped intakes front and rear have been minimised. Thankfully, the curved rear haunch and coke bottle hips of the concept are still visible, and with the advances in contemporary lighting, the headlights should also remain faithful to the concept with the very latest LED technology.

Regardless of styling details though, the M8 will doubtless be the most capable GT car in the company’s history, with a penchant to give the forthcoming Bentley Continental GT and Aston Martin DB11 a serious headache in the process. We expect the M8 to wear a similar six-figure price tag as its British rivals, too. BMW say that the GTE class race car derived from the M8 will be unveiled later this year before it’s entry inaugural race at the Daytona 24 in January 2018.

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