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?