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.
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.