Rumors about a possible new BMW supercar have been circulating for quite some time now, but now those rumors are getting more intense. Add in the fact that a new model is all but confirmed for a 2016 debut — the perfect time to mark BMW’s centenary.
Until now, everyone believed the new model would be called the M1, mostly because of the M1 Hommage concept car unveiled at the 2008 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. However, new details suggest that BMW’s new supercar will be in fact called M8 - a name adopted because it will share the carbon-fiber and aluminum chassis with the upcoming BMW i8 . Of course this doesn’t mean the next M8 will also be a hybrid supercar, but because of this lightweight construction it will deliver impressive performance numbers.
To get an idea on what to expect, you should think of a gasoline-powered i8 alternative specially developed for those to care more about performance figures than the environment.
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Image Note: The above image is not of the rumored M8
You can easily imagine that when it comes to the BMW M8 all we can do is speculate, so let’s start putting our imagination to work. On the outside, we expect a combination of the BMW i8 and M1 Hommage design elements.
We expect to see a pretty long "V" hood with an elegantly sculpted scoop and big air intakes for optimum engine cooling, headlights with laser-light technology and, for the rear, a diffuser that will help the car stick to the road at high speeds.
On the inside, you should be aware that from now until 2016 technology can significantly improve. Still, we expect the interior to be inspired by the i8, including that awesome cockpit that brings together the instrument panel, steering column and steering wheel with the instrument cluster, central information display and control elements.
The M8 will also offer a very nice combination of high-quality leather, carbon fiber and Alcantara.
While most of its elements will be shared with the i8, under the hood things will be completely different. The hybrid supercar uses a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor. For the M8, however, BMW will likely use a twin-turbocharged V-8 with an output of about 600 horsepower.
Considering the M8 is rumored to be considerably lighter than its competition - think if a number somewhere in the 3,000-pound area – we anticipate a 0-to-60 mph sprint time of about 3 seconds with top speed in the 200 mph area.
It’s a little bit too soon to talk about the BMW M8’s price list, but considering it targets models like Audi R8 GT, you should expect a starting price of about $200,000.
BMW’s decision to add a supercar to its lineup shouldn’t be such a big surprise to anyone, given it is pretty much the only high-end German manufacturer that does not offer such a model.
When put on sale, the BMW M8 will take on models like Audi R8 GT or Mercedes SLS GT.
Priced at $196,800 (2012 model year), the R8 GT is powered by a 5.2-liter V-10 engine that delivers a total of 560 horsepower. It can sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds and hits a top speed of 199 mph. At this point, it will be pretty difficult to say which of the two models is the best one, but the R8 GT has a big plus: its sexy look.
The updated version of the Mercedes SLS GT is powered by a 6.3-liter V-8 engine that delivers a total of 591 horsepower. This supercar will sprint from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.7 seconds and goes up to a top speed of 198 mph.
Generally we are not big fans of Mercedes sports models, but the SLS AMG GT is the exception to this rule. It looks pretty cool and with the updates offered by the new GT version, it became a pretty stunning model.
The BMW M8 is still at the design desk, but when it’s put into production, it will fill a big gap in BMW’s lineup. It will be very powerful and fast for a road-going supercar, so all we can say is that we are pretty eager to see it on the market.
- Offers technology features from the BMW i8
- Will be pretty fast
- BMW promised it will be very light
- Up to this point we cannot say there is something we do not like about the BMW M8