A new flagship coupe of BMW – the hot M8 range-topping model – is hitting the race track in a series of before-premiere tests. It will be officially unveiled at the next-year Frankfurt Motor Show.
BMW engineers are testing the car dynamics. The disguised prototypes have drawn attention of photo spies.
The all-wheel-drive M8 model is now in the final stage of its development. The carmaker will offer it in three body styles: coupe, convertible and Gran Coupe arriving one by one in 2019-early 2020.
The powertrain includes a petrol 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 (familiar on the M5), which will be available in two states of tune providing from 608 to 659 hp.
BMW has not confirmed any official performance figures yet. We expect the BMW M8 Coupe’s potency will be more than that of the current M850i xDrive. The acceleration time will be under 3.4 sec of the standard M5, and the top speed exceeds 186 mph (299 km/h).
The M8 will get a standard eight-speed torque converter automatic transmission and a variable four-wheel drive system. The latter is programmed to send up to 100% of drive to the rear wheels in M Dynamic mode, like in the M5. The electronically controlled M-differential will be at the rear.
Additional body stiffening increases the car’s rigidity over the M850i. The model also has a specifically tuned suspension. Its center of gravity is lower than the M5’s.
Focused on dynamics car is at the same time a long-distance grand tourer. BMW considers it to be more driver orientated that the M6 and not inferior to rivals by agility.
It provides greater response and sharpness than the M5, with which it shares its mechanicals. Some exterior elements of the BMW M8 Coupe are taken from the M8 GTE race car.