By on May 28, 2017

BMW M8

BMW confirmed the crap out of the M8’s existence this weekend, going so far as to provide its own spy shots of a test prototype wearing camouflaged wraps. Being developed alongside the standard 8 Series, the automaker says the M8 will be unveiled in a driving presentation during the Nürburgring 24-hour race.

The brand also stated that development is ongoing for the GTE racer that will herald the return of the company’s Motorsport division to Le Mans. “The BMW M8 GTE development programme for our Le Mans comeback is in full swing,” said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “Developing a new racing car is always exciting, and in the case of the BMW M8 GTE the anticipation is that much greater still. We can’t reveal any pictures yet, but I can promise you that the BMW M8 GTE will look spectacular. We are planning an initial roll-out for the first half of this year and are looking at giving the car its race debut in the Daytona 24 Hours in late January 2018.” 

BMW M8

Bayerische Motoren Werke is keeping a lid on what is going into the M-badged 8 Series — either because it hasn’t settled on a powertrain or it knows that’s the best way to build anticipation. BMW won’t make the vehicle anything less than a refined monster, so the smallest option would likely be a tuned-up S63. The 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 produces almost 600 hp in the majority of the platforms housing it, and could certainly be engineered for a few extra ponies.

More likely, however, is the implementation of a larger engine that would further cement the M8 as the brand’s flagship vehicle. The original M8 prototype from the 1990s was always intended to have an insanely powerful V12. If the brand adheres to that same mentality with the new car, it could mean an extremely powerful variant of the N74 in the M.

BMW M8

It wouldn’t be out of the question to see the 8 Series receiving both V8 and V12 motors, with the higher end vehicles opting for additional cylinders and the M8 fixated upon perfecting the vehicle’s handling and saving weight. “The conception and development of the standard BMW 8 Series and the M model run in parallel,” stated Frank van Meel, President BMW M Division. “The future BMW M8 will build on the genes of the 8 Series and augment its DNA with added track ability and generous extra portions of dynamic sharpness, precision and agility. It all flows into a driving experience that bears the familiar BMW M hallmarks and satisfies our customers’ most exacting requirements.”

BMW M8

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10 Comments on “BMW Finally Confirms Development on the Mythical M8...”


  • avatar
    jalop1991

    “It wouldn’t be out of the question to see the 8 Series receiving both V8 and V12 motors, with the higher end vehicles opting for additional cylinders and the M8 fixated upon perfecting the vehicle’s handling and saving weight.”

    That’s an engineering take on things.

    Now let’s hear from the marketing team, who has the M-B square in their sights.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Won’t do any good.

      The Lexus is better (because Lexus) and the interior is from 2005 (even though nobody outside BMW has seen it).

      No need in any more effort being wasted on this car, commenters in the other 8 Series article have already decided the BMW suxs.

      Why, they aren’t sure, just some random babbling and complaining about things they haven’t seen or experienced. Something something something Lexus, it looks too small but it’ll take up two lanes, and the shifter is cheesy.

  • avatar
    Tele Vision

    A twin-turbo 5.0L V8 would put up some tasty numbers in an AWD car. For a flagship/Halo Car the oily bits should be impressive – Certainly to the few thousand people who will buy one.

    • 0 avatar
      ElSnuggles

      I would suspect that the M8 would get a modified version of the V12 that’s in the M760. It wouldn’t make sense for the halo car to not have the biggest, baddest engine in the lineup. Particularly since the much less expensive (I presume) M5 is already being talked up to have a V8TT with 600 ponies.

  • avatar
    CarnotCycle

    A big Mustang with 12 cylinders and real wood interior trim should be a Lincoln.

  • avatar
    Brett Woods

    Not that I would have been against a V12 coupe annihilator… but it might have been more sexy, if less economical, to roll-out an expansion of the i8 in a larger more luxurious version with a bigger battery, turbo pressure, and red line. I guess this is the 6 series replacement with a new name and for a few more thousands.

    • 0 avatar
      Brett Woods

      I say “larger” but the i8 is plenty dimensionally large on the exterior and I am not talking about wanting some sort of Lamborghini.

      I imagine the same construction process and drivetrain as the i8, with similar external dimensions but more kwh battery and electrified sedate driving until pushed to scream.

      I’m thinking of taller egress and thicker seats with luxury appointments; a carbon/plastic Jensen Healy/Lagonda coupe that gets 40 miles to the gallon. This 8 series already seems mechanically like a tired throwback to me. Look forward to seeing the real machine. Maybe all will be forgiven.

  • avatar
    Mr Imperial

    BMW must know that some countries, with a specific English dialect, will call this the “BMW ‘Mate.” Good day, Mate!

  • avatar
    Boxerman

    From the article
    “with added track ability and generous extra portions of dynamic sharpness, precision and agility. It all flows into a driving experience that bears the familiar BMW M hallmarks and satisfies our customers’ most exacting requirements.”

    In other words it will be completly different driving experince to any current BMW or M product(baring maybe the M2) then. the current crop which are bloated, isolated, and have uncharismatic motors, all wrapped in a package that is lacking in overall quality or reliability.

    I wont touch the issue of styling.

    Ill believe the M8 is good when i see it, based on the current cars I wouldnt believe anything BMW thinks is going to be good. To me BMW lost the plot a while ago, hyperbole and badge is no longer carrying the load.

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