The U.S. magazine says that BMW’s first supercar since 1981 M1 is a coupe variant which will feature retro design cues coupled with the latest and greatest gasoline-powertrain technology. Since the future of BMW relies on carbon fiber and other lightweight materials, the future M8 is expected to achieve a target weight of 2760 lbs.
Furthermore, the 2016 BMW M8 is said to be built atop the BMW i8 platform which debuts next year.
So what’s hiding under the hood? Apparently their unnamed sources say that an upgraded version of the 4.40 liter TwinTurbo engine will be used coupled with an eight-speed DCT transmission. The total power output will be between 600 and 650 horsepower.
BMW’s newest supercar will take on the successful Audi R8, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG and Porsche 911 Turbo. Our own sources say that BMW engineers have been tested other supercars for a while now, but that’s where the information stops.
Another rumor surfaces as well. According to C&D, BMW boss Norbert Reithofer is not a fan of this car, but the head of BMW M GmbH, Friedrich Nitschke, is. Those could be just speculations at this point, but this is something that other magazines reported as well.
Pricing? 250,000 Euros or $330,000 which puts the 2016 BMW M8 at the same level with exotic cars from Ferrari and Lamborghini.
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