EXCLUSIVE: Real-life photos of the new BMW M8 at Nurburgring

M8 | May 27th, 2017 by 20
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Although still under wraps, the first BMW M8 – or some may say the second one –  was crafted along side the all-new Concept 8 Series …

Although still under wraps, the first BMW M8 – or some may say the second one –  was crafted along side the all-new Concept 8 Series that made its stunning debut earlier this week. The M8 followed today with a semi-reveal giving us a glimpse into the future of the M Division.

In an uncharacteristic move, BMW has unveiled the M8 to the public today in the minutes leading to the start of the Nürburgring 24 Hour race. The camouflaged M8 gave the M fans a sneak peak of what its version of the range-topping BMW coupe will look.

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“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,” explains Frank van Meel, President BMW M Division. It all flows into a driving experience that bears the familiar BMW M hallmarks and satisfies our customers’ most exacting requirements.”

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Compared to the BMW Concept 8 Series, the M8 sports larger air intakes, massive brakes, and an exhaust with four tailpipes instead of two refined and hexagonal ones.

We’ve gotten no specs as of yet, so we don’t know what sort of engine or power figures the M8 will have. We feel as if it could go in one of two directions. It could either get the same S63 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 as the F90 BMW M5 or maybe the same 6.6 liter twin-turbocharged V12 as the BMW M760i. They both make around the same 600 hp, so either way it would be properly quick. The original BMW 850CSi, and prototype M8, had a V12 engine and it seems that as BMW’s flagship it should have its biggest engine.

A video from Nurburgring gave us earlier today a look at the engine sound as well, which seems to sound more like a revised V8 Twin-Turbo.

Until the M8 comes to market – in 2018 – we can enjoy some of those early photos, exclusively, from the Nurburgring.

20 responses to “EXCLUSIVE: Real-life photos of the new BMW M8 at Nurburgring”

  1. Arunabh says:

    I looked at the pics closely today and it has already lost most of the highlight design details of the concept car. Rear is not going to be anything like what we saw in concept if the lights behind camouflage are anything to go by. Headlight again seems to have been pasted directly to grille.

    I am afraid that this design appears to be destined to become a run of the mill, fatigued, BMW design.

    I am hoping that i would be proven wrong at the end of all this.

    • Fritz says:

      They should have shown us a less camouflaged specimen.

    • Matt Stokes says:

      Give it time, we are still just looking at camouflage – you might still be proven wrong. We should see the race car in the next couple of months if reports coming from the Nürburgring are true.

    • Senne says:

      You can’t judge the rear, because those are standard lights you can see on all camouflaged BMW’s. However, I’m also a tiny bit disappointed by the fact the front doesn’t slope down as much as it could to make it really stand out and look aggressive. Though the front lights still look very slim and don’t seem to be attached to the Kidneys. I’m still confident this will be a magnificent looking BMW!

    • Arunabh says:

      Hi all,

      Even i want to be proven wrong. I mentioned this in my comment as well.

      Its just that the type of designs BMW has given us recently has dented the confidence.

      And as rightly mentioned Shark nose detail is already lost in these prototypes.

      I will continue to hope for the best.

      • Arunabh says:

        Rightly mentioned by Ari Djunaildi..

        Apologies for missing your name.

        • Ari Djunialdi says:

          Current BMW design is not ugly at all, even without sharknose. Laser light and oled tail is what makes BMW different from others and boy isn’t it look a lot better than current S-class headlight update?

          btw Apologies accepted ;v

        • Ari Djunialdi says:

          are you sure the headlight will be conected to the grille directly? I mean BWM never lie about headlight concept

  2. guest says:

    I looked @ the pix closely today & saw camouflage!
    What could it mean?!

  3. recursiveiterator says:

    It’s the F90 S63.

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