BMW will reveal a concept version of its M8 the performance of the car at the Geneva motor show in March, previewing the look and the style of his 600bhp range-topper.
According to BMW Blog, the German brand shows a car that is based on the M8, but different for the coupe recently provided. This suggests that the car will be a convertible.
BMW has refrained from commenting on the statement when contacted by Autocar. However, Autocar understands that the mark of Geneva reveal will foreshadow a summer launch for the production of the Series 8, is payable on the streets this November. The M version is due next year.
High-performance, M8, which has generated a race car that already competed in this year’s 24 Hours of Daytona, sit on top of the regular 8-Series use BMW’s twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8. It will produce around 600bhp, placing it above the last 592bhp M5 and giving it more firepower than the Mercedes S 63 AMG Coupé, which has 577bhp.
Our photographers light have captured the hard-and soft-top versions of the test in public, showing the large air intakes, quad exhausts and a more aggressive, and that the model M aims to illustrate the added power compared to the rest of the range.
M division president Frank van Meel, has said of the new line-up: “The conception and development of the standard BMW 8-Series and the M model run in parallel. The future of BMW M8 build on the genes of the 8-Series and increase its DNA with added track capacity and the generous extra servings of dynamics, clarity, accuracy and agility. Everything flows into a driving experience that brings the family BMW M, features, and meets our most demanding customer requirements.”
“We have been involved in a Series of 8 project from the beginning,” van Meel told Autocar. “Our challenge, as engineers, was in reality to ensure that the machine is not too sporty for its customers, because we wanted the M8 to feel like a real stage. In addition, because not all of the 8 sets of customers to an M car.”
Insiders suggest the 8 Series and M8 will use the same platform as the 7 Series and 5 Series, and the M car will share a lot of four-wheel transmission, the M5.
“For now, I can’t confirm,” said van Meel, “if it’s not to say that we have seen the luxury sports coupe market closely and we see a lot of four-wheel-drive cars inside of it already. We have demonstrated that the M xDrive all-wheel drive system not to affect the control of the purity of the new M5. There is nothing to fear from four-wheel drive.
“We definitely want to make a statement with this car. It sits at the top of our range of models and, for now, we have no confirmed plans for any of the series production of the model above it, so understand it is necessary to have a specification that meets its location in the hierarchy.”
The M8 GTE race car, the next compete as part of a factory BMW effort in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, marking the brand’s first factory effort in six years.
The M8 will be “heavy” premium over the standard 8-Series, then a starting price, even better than the i8, supercar is certain is that the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe gets under way at about £131,000, in such a way that the M8 should remain competitive with its Stuttgart rival.
#BMWM M8 prototype to hide for the #n24-demo around. And a lot of V8 exhaust crackle. History live on https://t.co/YYso3R5iWu soon pic.twitter.com/hCGJjFpqwl
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Additional reporting by Matt Saunders and Sam Sheehan