2019 will be another big year for the BMW M brand who will be welcoming a series of new and refreshed models to their family. One of those new model is the first-ever BMW M8 Coupe. The car has been spied several times in the past, but this week, it pops up on our radar once again.
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The camouflaged prototype was spotted in Spain, giving us another close look at its proportions and some design features. As with all M cars, the M8 prototype sports some wide skirts, a lower ride profile, twin double exhaust pipes and the aggressive front fascia.
Under the hood, the M8 will feature a twin-turbo 4.4-liter unit similar to that offered in the new BMW M5. BMW has already revised this engine for the M850i trim of the 8 Series and tuned it to deliver 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of twist. The M8 should easily output 600-horsepower. xDrive AWD for this model is likely to be standard, at least here in the United States. Considering the recently launched M5 Competition packs 617-hp, we won’t be too surprised if BMW will pick that engine configuration for their top model.
Coupled with the enhanced grip of the all-wheel drive system, our guess is that the M8 will be capable of sprinting from 0-62 mph in a smidgen over 3.0 seconds, and hit a top speed in excess of 186 mph when specified with the M Driver’s Package – which removes the 155 mph electric speed limiter.
BMW plans to launch the M8 next year and will be shortly followed by the M8 Convertible and Gran Coupe.
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