When BMW presented the 8 Series back in 1989, it reshaped the full-size high-end segment with a car that was gorgeous, distinct, and filled with innovative features. Nevertheless, the worldwide crisis and high fuel prices of the early 1990s avoided it from ending up being a strong seller, with a little over 30,000 units delivered up until 1999, when it was terminated. Practically 20 years later and the 8 Series is set to return. Following the unveiling of a principle car in May 2017, BMW also released a bunch of images verifying that an M8 is also underway in 2018.
The M8’s arrival will mark a premiere for the nameplate, which didn’t receive the M treatment in the 1990s. Although BMW did make a prototype, it eventually decided that there’s no market for the M8 and the task was scrapped. Times have clearly altered now, and with Mercedes currently using AMG versions of the S-Class Coupe and with Bentley producing the Continental GT Speed for several years now, BMW needs an 8 Series and an M8 to keep up with the competitors.
2019 BMW M8 Design
The very first thing that comes to mind when looking at the camouflaged M8 is that the production model won’t look as unique as the 8 Series principle. This verifies that BMW will provide the series coupe a softer position which it will remove the big vents behind the front fenders, the huge consumption under the headlamps, and the aggressive engine hood.
The front grille also sports a less mad style that’s more in line with BMW existing styling cues. This isn’t really a bad thing though, as the vertical slats are quite thin and sharp and the kidneys are broad sufficient to produce a broad stance. The headlamps are obviously thicker than the idea’s, however thinner than anything else you get right now conserve for the i8. Down below, the bumper appears to be basic BMW M stuff, with large outlets towards the sides and longer vents with a mesh grille in the middle. This section will be special to the M8, while the 8 Series will sport a less aggressive element.
Onto the sides, the large scoop behind the front fenders is missing out on, while the roofing system sits slightly higher. This isn’t really surprising, as principle cars are typically sleeker than their production counterparts. Nevertheless, fortunately is that the rear haunches, among the most trendy features on the 8 Series principle if you ask me, seem extremely comparable. Moving over to M-specific additions, we have beefier side skirts and a set of juicy twin-five spoke rims in dark grey. Behind them we can see the required blue brake calipers.
2019 BMW M8 Interior
BMW had very little to say about the M8’s exterior features and production schedule, however shared no info about the interior or the technology inside. On the other hand, we have the 8 Series concept for tips as to exactly what we may find in the M8.
As you ‘d anticipate, the program car’s interior is a fancier rendition of BMW’s present styling language. It sports an enticing mix of clean surface areas and vertical lines, a sleek center console, all-digital instrument clusters, and a new steering wheel design.
Although clean and uncluttered on the passenger side, the control panel is highlighted by premium red stitching on the upper side and around the center stack area. It likewise has vertically oriented, practically triangular A/C vents at each corner. These features are likely to find their method the production 8 Series and to some extent in the M8 too.
The instrument cluster appears to be quite simple for contemporary requirements, however what we see in the concept might be just among the settings offered. Obviously, the M8 will have a more complicated display with digital determines and a number of M-specific features. The steering wheel is one feature I don;’ t expect to see in the M8 in this type. Although it will keep its sporty stance and flat bottom, it will have an easier style.
The 8 Series idea is also rather glamorous when it pertains to materials, using Merino leather in Dark Brown and Fjord White, as well as hand-polished aluminum. The M8 needs to get comparable treatment, although the base plan will most likely include black upholstery only. As constantly, look for numerous “M” emblems on different elements inside the cabin.
2019 BMW M8 Engine
Considering exactly what we can get in other range-topping M models, it’s safe to assume that the M8 will get its juice from a twin-turbo V-8 or V-12. Really, there’s a huge chance that BMW will offer both, much like Mercedes-Benz finishes with the AMG S63 and AMG S65.
The V-8 will likely come in the kind of a twin-turbo 4.4-liter unit much like 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. Squeezing around 600-horsepower from it shouldn’t be too hard and this will help counter the 577 horses delivered by the Mercedes-AMG S63. xDrive AWD for this model is most likely to be standard, at least here in the United States.
The V-12 engine could be sourced from the M760Li, which uses a twin-turbo, 6.6-liter V-12. This system cranks out 600 horse power and 590 pound-feet of twist in the range-topping 7 Series and need to be capable of more zest in the M8. Given that the Mercedes-AMG S65 benefits 621 horses, it wouldn’t be surprising to see BMW press output towards the 650-horsepower mark.
2019 BMW M8 Price
It’s a bit early to speak about rates here, however it’s pretty clear that the M8 won’t come low-cost. My bet is that the grand tourer will fetch more than the M760i xDrive, which retails from $156,700. Anticipate a price tag of practically $170,000 for the V-8 model and a sticker of at least $200,000 for the V-12 variant.