The V-8 will generate more than 600 horsepower!

For the first time ever, the 8 Series will spawn an M8 version. We know it’s coming, we’ve seen it in concept form, and also as a race car. We still don’t know too many details about the drivetrain, but BMW just released a bit of information and more photos of a camouflaged car.

What’s Under the Shell?

BMW Reveals New Details On M8, Sets Market Release for 2019
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The Germans claim the engine produces 'north of 600 horsepower.'

BMW confirmed what we already assumed: the M8 will feature a "high-revving V-8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology." That’s a beefed-up version of the 4.4-liter V-8 we can already find in the M850 xDrive version. How powerful will it be? The Germans claim the engine produces "north of 600 horsepower," so it will be a notable increase over the M850i’s 523-horsepower rating.

The engine will mate to a fully variable M all-wheel-drive system that can send all oomph to the rear wheels for the proper BMW experience. Actually, the M8 will have a 2WD mode. BMW also says the M8 will have a lower center of gravity, even weight distribution, and wider tracks front and rear. The M-specific suspension will deliver "exceptional directional stability, steering precision, and cornering dynamics."

What About Fuel Economy?

BMW Reveals New Details On M8, Sets Market Release for 2019
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BMW estimates that the M8 will consume around 10.8 - 10.7 liters of gasoline per 100 km.

That’s only marginally more than the M850i, rated at 10.5 liters per 100 km. Combined fuel consumption on the British cycle is estimated at 26.2 to 26.4 mpg. U.S. estimates are not available at this point.

CO2 emissions are pegged at 246 to 243 grams per km combined. That’s a bit more than the M850i’s 240 grams per km rating, but it’s notably more than what non-performance vehicles emit these days.

When’s it Coming Out?

BMW Reveals New Details On M8, Sets Market Release for 2019
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BMW says it's testing an early prototype at the Estoril racing track in Portugal. This means the M8 could be a few months away from a final configuration that's ready to go into production.

The market launch will take place in 2019, but BMW didn’t specificy a date or period. The 2019 Detroit Auto Show in January could be a bit too early, so we might see it in Geneva in March. Worst case scenario, BMW will unveil the M8 at the Frankfurt Motor Show next autumn.

The German firm also confirmed that the M8 will also adorn a convertible and a Gran Coupe model. These will probably arrive in 2020.

Further Reading

2019 BMW M8 Spyshots Exterior High Resolution
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Read our speculative review on the 2019 BMW M8.

2019 BMW 8 Series Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2019 BMW 8 Series.

2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible Exterior
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Read our full review of the 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible

Note: all images courtesy of BMW.

From the race track to the road: the new BMW M8 Coupe (fuel consumption combined: 10.8 – 10.7 l/100 km [26.2 – 26.4 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 246 – 243 g/km*) is rounding the final corner en route to series production. BMW M GmbH is putting an early prototype of its upcoming flagship through its paces at the Estoril grand-prix racing circuit in Portugal.

New BMW M8 (Fuel consumption combined: 10.8 – 10.7 l/100 km [26.2 – 26.4 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 246 – 243 g/km) in the final phase of the series production development process.
Customary BMW M dynamic prowess, agility and precision enter a new dimension.
Performance-oriented vehicle concept with minimised weight, low centre of gravity, even weight distribution, optimum wheelbase and wide tracks.
M-specific optimisations further increase already high levels of rigidity in the body structure, chassis components and chassis mounting.
M-specific suspension delivers exceptional directional stability, steering precision and cornering dynamics.
High-revving V8 engine with M TwinPower Turbo technology produces north of 440 kW/600 hp. Fully variable transfer of power via M xDrive all-wheel-drive system with rear-wheel bias and 2WD mode.
Market launch of the BMW M8 Coupe in the course of 2019. Further model variants: BMW M8 Convertible, BMW M8 Gran Coupe.

All figures relating to performance, fuel/electric power consumption and emissions are provisional.

The fuel consumption, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption figures were determined according to the European Regulation (EC) 715/2007 in the version applicable. The figures refer to a vehicle with basic configuration in Germany. The range shown considers the different sizes of the selected wheels/tyres and the selected items of optional equipment, and may vary during configuration.

The values are already based on the new WLTP test cycle and are translated back into NEDC-equivalent values in order to ensure comparability between the vehicles. With respect to these vehicles, for vehicle-related taxes or other duties based (at least inter alia) on CO2 emissions, the CO2 values may differ from the values stated here (depending on national legislation).

Further information on official fuel consumption figures and specific CO2 emission values of new passenger cars is included in the following guideline: ’Leitfaden über den Kraftstoffverbrauch, die CO2-Emissionen und den Stromverbrauch neuer Personenkraftwagen’ (Guide to the fuel economy, CO2 emissions and electric power consumption of new passenger cars), which can be obtained free of charge from all dealerships, from Deutsche Automobil Treuhand GmbH (DAT), Hellmuth-Hirth-Str. 1, 73760 Ostfildern-Scharnhausen and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.

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