RE: New BMW M8 details revealed

RE: New BMW M8 details revealed

Tuesday 4th December

New BMW M8 leaks online: Update!

We knew the M8 was coming - now we know what it looks like. Form an orderly queue...



UPDATE - 04.12.2018

Just three weeks after BMW revealed its hotly anticipated M8 would produce in excess of 600hp, images of an undisguised development car have leaked online to show us how that extra muscle will translate into a styling makeover.

Without camouflage, the photographed two-door super-coupe looks, well, fairly bloody menacing - probably more so than anything else produced today with an M-badge. Its thick front splitter, black kidney grilles and big-bore quad-exit exhausts certainly make so secret of the added potency up front.


You could say that with all the contrasting black trim applied to the leaked satin purple car, the M8 design is less fluid than the clean look of the M850i we drove last week. But there's no denying the finished design gives the 8 Series serious presence - maybe even enough to rival the similarly angry looking Mercedes-AMG GT-R. Compared to the Aston Martin DB11, the M8 looks downright yobbish.

Whether the look is to your taste or not is another matter. Although with the same all-wheel drive technology as the M5, it's hard not to get onboard with a coupe which will still be able to channel 100 per cent of the 4.4-litre V8's power to the rear wheels at the touch of a button...



ORIGINAL STORY - 09.11.2018


There's never been a Motorsport Division BMW 8 Series - the 850 CSI was as close as the E31 generation ever got - and so the arrival of the first M8 is pretty significant news. New details have now been announced by BMW, with the car due at some point in 2019.

Much has been carried over from the M5, as is to be expected, with the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 due to make more than 600hp, putting it ahead of the saloon. It uses the M xDrive all-wheel drive system as well, tuned specifically for this car, and said to offer "top-drawer dynamics with unimpeachable directional stability and unshakeable traction". Yobbos amongst you will be pleased to know that the M5's two-wheel drive mode also makes it to the M8, BMW promising a "driving experience of absolute purity" with the car "liberated from the shackles of control systems". Jolly good...


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. There's also reworked M Servotronic steering and larger, compound brake discs (395mm front, 380mm rear, with ceramics optional) and standard 19-inch light alloy wheels.

Finally, it's worth pointing out a few styling tweaks that are set to make production. Yes, this car is still in camouflage, but they're worth discussing. Note the larger intakes and trademark 'M' mirrors, with four exhausts and more prominent diffuser out back. BMW talks of the "dynamically stretched lines" of the 8 Series merging with "distinctive, functional design elements", just so you know. And if none of that quite appeals, then BMW is promising an M8 Convertible and an M8 Gran Coupe for the range, too. The latter one of those with more than 600hp sounds rather nice, doesn't it?


 

 








 

 

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jaik

Original Poster:

2,001 posts

149 months

Friday 9th November
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Who else was hoping the third body style would be a shooting-brake?

ntiz

418 posts

72 months

Friday 9th November
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Am I the only one that thinks this is just the new M6 with a different badges?

Doesn’t seem like it is anything that new.

It would have been cool to be a shooting brake.

hkwc104

41 posts

98 months

Friday 9th November
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Am hoping they make some further changes to the styling of the car to make it stand out from the 'regular' M850i. At the moment it's hard to distinguish the two models, though that could be due to the camo.

Also and rather disappointingly, there's no mention of the car going on a diet. Am really hoping they've shaved off quite a few kg to make the car less of a heifer.

GranCab

1,267 posts

82 months

Friday 9th November
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Another 2 tonne fast pudding from BMW ..... rolleyes
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J4CKO

25,745 posts

136 months

Friday 9th November
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Someone had to...

Mr Whippy

21,692 posts

177 months

Friday 9th November
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When everything is made into an M, and M has no meaning.

Zetec-S

2,476 posts

29 months

Friday 9th November
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ntiz said:
Am I the only one that thinks this is just the new M6 with a different badges?

Doesn’t seem like it is anything that new.

It would have been cool to be a shooting brake.
No, I'm with you there.

Have BMW just canned the 6 series/M6 name and called the replacement an 8 series/M8...?

J4CKO

25,745 posts

136 months

Friday 9th November
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Mr Whippy said:
When everything is made into an M, and M has no meaning.
Its an M5 with a different body style ?

Thats pretty M ish to me, its not M Sport, M Lite or whatever, its a full fat M car, I bet its a bloody awesome thing.

Vee12V

748 posts

96 months

Friday 9th November
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Never thought I'd say this but I'm bored already.

AdamD

477 posts

156 months

Friday 9th November
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Mr Whippy said:
When everything is made into an M, and M has no meaning.
Except somewhat ironically their two seater sports car...

cmoose

43,065 posts

165 months

Friday 9th November
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A "driving experience of absolute purity"?

In a two-tonne technobarge with turbopadle powertrain, digitally mapped steering feel and stability and traction control systems that almost certainly are never fully off? Puh-lease. What a load of baloney!

Jonny TVR

2,173 posts

217 months

Friday 9th November
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Zetec-S said:
No, I'm with you there.

Have BMW just canned the 6 series/M6 name and called the replacement an 8 series/M8...?
Its like the M4 .. no its a coupe M3.

kapiteinlangzaam

17,809 posts

169 months

Friday 9th November
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Utter pudding.

How much will this cost, about 3 million quid, I should expect.

Will sell like hot cakes in the sandbox and the US though.

Jonny TVR

2,173 posts

217 months

Friday 9th November
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J4CKO said:
Its an M5 with a different body style ?

Thats pretty M ish to me, its not M Sport, M Lite or whatever, its a full fat M car, I bet its a bloody awesome thing.
They are awesome .. my f90 m5 is. I was sceptical about the 4WD but my god in typical English weather it plants the power to the road giving you ability to use all that power unlike my similarly powerful RWD 599 Ferrari

NJJ

117 posts

16 months

Friday 9th November
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I fear the road test of this car could be written already. It will undoubtedly say: Ballistic performance from its M5 derived engine, it has terrific body control and offers a multitude of ways to configure its handling and ride characteristics. It could do with being lighter and not as wide though. The interior is high quality and luxurious without being particularly exciting and it will soothe driver and passenger alike on a long journey. It will be a great second hand buy in years to come etc etc.

Wonder how long before we get the M8 Competition?

ecs0set

2,052 posts

220 months

Friday 9th November
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cmoose said:
A "driving experience of absolute purity"?

In a two-tonne technobarge with turbopadle powertrain, digitally mapped steering feel and stability and traction control systems that almost certainly are never fully off? Puh-lease. What a load of baloney!
This.

Mackofthejungle

780 posts

131 months

Friday 9th November
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BMW lost the plot years ago. The E46 was the last proper car they made really.. You were buying a pumped up regular 3 series coupe, with one of the finest (the finest?) 6 cylinder engines at any price....for not a lot of money. A little bit of the exotic, but everyday usability. I'm not sure what the current batch of M cars do really.. So heavy and so powerful that they've had to adopt 4WD, and utterly bland engines. And nothing puts me off more than a car that can see a 20% power hike by plugging it into laptop - it's like admitting defeat or something.

And yeah, this is just a 6 series replacement, and nobody liked that so lets not get excited about a different number some chump in marketing decided to use.


Electronicpants

1,773 posts

124 months

Friday 9th November
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NJJ said:
Wonder how long before we get the M8 Competition?
Well if the M5 is anything to go by, any minuet now. hehe






J4CKO

25,745 posts

136 months

Friday 9th November
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Mackofthejungle said:
BMW lost the plot years ago. The E46 was the last proper car they made really.. You were buying a pumped up regular 3 series coupe, with one of the finest (the finest?) 6 cylinder engines at any price....for not a lot of money. A little bit of the exotic, but everyday usability. I'm not sure what the current batch of M cars do really.. So heavy and so powerful that they've had to adopt 4WD, and utterly bland engines. And nothing puts me off more than a car that can see a 20% power hike by plugging it into laptop - it's like admitting defeat or something.

And yeah, this is just a 6 series replacement, and nobody liked that so lets not get excited about a different number some chump in marketing decided to use.
Buy an M2. or an M3, or an M4 instead ?

Extra power for not much money, dont see the problem myself, I now have a car that near enough matches a Lotus Carlton power wise, its RWD and has a 3 litre six cylinder engine, its pretty practical and makes some reasonable noises.

I found a lot of E46 six cylinders felt like they were just getting going and then hit the rev limiter, the were good looking though, better than what has come since.