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BMW M8 makes another appearance

Interesting | April 1st, 2011 by 11
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Our first encounter with the on-off BMW M8 took place last year at the BMW Museum in Munich where the M folks decided to surprise …

Our first encounter with the on-off BMW M8 took place last year at the BMW Museum in Munich where the M folks decided to surprise the journalists with an unexpected appearance of the long-time rumored BMW M8.

First photos and videos we captured at the time spread throughout the web rapidly and the M8 made waves within the BMW community. Nearly a year later, we had the opportunity to see once again the M8 at the M facility in Garching.

The M8 was equipped with a V12 prototype engine based on the S70 engine, producing around 550 horsepower. For reference, the 850CSi which was a detuned M8 of sorts and carried both M-derived engine codes and VINs had to make due with only 380HP – a mind blowing 170HP less than the rumored 550HP churned out by the M8 Prototype.

BMW M8 makes another appearance

The V12 engine was matted to a 6-speed manual gearbox.

More on the V12 powerplant in an upcoming articles, but for now, let’s enjoy one more time the BMW M8.

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  • viper

    the best looking bmw ever

  • scooternva

    Fascinating! That video is crying out for color correction, though… either that or that still photo at the top is way off. What color was the M8, Flaming Orange or Candy Apple Red??

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1649760111 Shane Elliott

      Looks like either Brilliantrot or Hellrot (Brilliant Red/Bright Red)

  • Alex

    They had the technology back then to create a 550hp monster, but it took them more than 10 years to find the balls to create one.

  • EMPOWER

    why or why did they not give it the green light. They may off lost money on the car. But they would of got so much credit for making such a car it would of boosted them past mercedes sooner, What a halo car. it would of been in the league of the f40 and 959. This would of been my favourite car if they would of made it for the road, Would have to do something about the door handles though. Nothing perfect

  • EMPOWER

    why or why did they not give it the green light. They may off lost money on the car. But they would of got so much credit for making such a car it would of boosted them past mercedes sooner, What a halo car. it would of been in the league of the f40 and 959. This would of been my favourite car if they would of made it for the road, Would have to do something about the door handles though. Nothing perfect

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  • CHAD

    I SAW THIS MODEL I SWEAR I DID UP THE BLOCK FROM ME ONLY THERE ISNT A EXTENTED FRONT BUMPER, IT ALSO HAS A V12

    • Nick

      850 has a V12 as well, this is a one and only car.

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