Confirmed Production for BMW M8

Finally, the legendary BMW M8 nameplate will make its way to a production model. BMWBlog announced the good news earlier this week. Originally, the designation was only meant to be used on a stillborn V12-powered M Version of the 8 series. It was an M8 prototype powered by a 5.0-liter V12 with 550 horsepower coupled with a six-speed manual. However, the idea was rejected after a lukewarm response to the base car.

According to reports, the new BMW M8 will most likely be a next-generation M6. Why? Mostly because the 6 Series coupe, the convertible and the Gran Coupe models are set to move to the 8 Series. This move will help the 6 Series become larger and of course, more luxurious. The M version is set to follow suit. Sources close to the publication reported that the car will go on sale in 2019.

According to a report by Carbuzz, the BMW M8 will include three different models: a coupe, a convertible, and a gran coupe. BMW Blog also stated that the M8 Coupe will be the one debuting first in 2019. The Coupe will be followed by the convertible and the gran coupe a year after. The reborn M8 is said to pack a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine under the hood. It can produce up to 600 horsepower. The engine will possibly be paired with an eight-speed automatic instead of a dual-clutch, BMW Blog believes.

There is a couple of reason behind this change in transmission. First, the dual-clutch setup isn’t really ideal for an all-wheel drive. The second reason would be because the twin-turbo V8’s 516 pound-feet of torque will be too much for the dual-clutch to handle. If everything goes smoothly as planned, the BMW M8 prototypes should be gracing fans with its presence early next year.


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