After looking at the upcoming BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe the other day, doing the rounds on the Nurburgring, today it’s time for the M8 Coupe to step into the limelight. Unlike the Gran Coupe version, the 2-door M8 is bound to arrive somewhere in the first half of 2019 with its full might. According to BMW, it’s going to be quite a sight to behold, and it will most likely be the most powerful M car in the portfolio.
The Germans teased us a while back with a couple of prototype photos. They showed the M8 alongside its M8 GTE race car brother and highlighted a couple of interesting tidbits about it, despite being hidden under some serious camouflage. It was back then that we learned about some of the specifics of it, even though the most important tech bits were kept secret for now. From the engine under the hood, to a potential power figure and even the transmission, plenty was revealed.
The actual car can be seen in the video below. Even though the footage is centered on the 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLE PHEV, around the 1:18 minute you can see the M8 Coupe in all its glory on the track. It features the typical M car giveaways, such as the M side mirrors, aggressive front bumper with different air intakes compared to the M Sport model and even the quad tailpipes at the back, yet another M specific feature.
As for the performance, the M8 does seem rather planted in the footage. The car shows little body roll and a bit of understeer if my eyes don’t deceive me, something that may depend on what mode the M xDrive system was in while this was shot. This particular model also seems to have Carbon Ceramic brakes, which means they will be available once the car comes out, as an optional extra most likely.