The BMW M8 Will Belt Out 650bhp In Its Shoutiest Form

Donna Miller
November 9, 2018

The exact figure remains a mystery, but the M5 Competition has a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 that produces 617 hp (460 kW / 625 PS) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque.

The eight-cylinder engine in the M8 has its pair of turbochargers positioned in the "V" between the banks of cylinders. It uses the M xDrive all-wheel drive system as well, tuned specifically for this auto, and said to offer "top-drawer dynamics with unimpeachable directional stability and unshakeable traction". Yes, that means it will offer what BMW describes as an "agile, rear-wheel-biased set-up".

Depending on the chosen mode, the all-wheel-drive system will be able to "open the door to controlled drifts", while switching off the dynamic stability control system brings 2WD mode into play.

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All that grunt will be sent to the tarmac through an active rear differential and BMW's M xDrive performance all-wheel drive system, which features a rear bias and the ability to operate in two-wheel drive mode for tyre-shredding action.

Modifications from the 8 Series to M8 will include "fundamentally reworked" suspension for agility and precision, with a wider front track, firmer anti-roll bars, stiffer wishbones, revised kinematics, unique toe links and additional chassis bracing. The model also offers an optional carbon fiber roof and we wouldn't be surprised if it is standard on the M8.

BMW recently pulled the wraps off the all-new M850i Coupe and Convertible and now the company is giving us a preview of the highly anticipated M8.

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