When BMW introduced the 8 Series back in 1989, it reshaped the full-size luxury section with a car that was stunning, unique, and packed with innovative features. However, the international crisis and high fuel costs of the early 1990s avoided it from ending up being a strong seller, with a little over 30,000 units provided until 1999, when it was terminated. Almost two decades later and the 8 Series is set to return. Following the unveiling of a concept 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 get the M treatment in the 1990s. Although BMW did make a model, it eventually decided that there’s no market for the M8 and the task was ditched. Times have undoubtedly altered now, and with Mercedes currently offering AMG versions of the S-Class Coupe and with Bentley producing the Continental GT Speed for many years now, BMW requires an 8 Series and an M8 to stay up to date with the competition.
2019 BMW M8 Design
The first thing that comes to mind when taking a look at the camouflaged M8 is that the production model won’t look as unique as the 8 Series idea. This confirms that BMW will offer the series coupe a softer position which it will remove the huge vents behind the front fenders, the huge consumption under the headlamps, and the aggressive engine hood.
The front grille likewise sports a less mad design that’s more in line with BMW existing styling hints. This isn’t a bad thing though, as the vertical slats are quite thin and sharp and the kidneys are broad adequate to produce a wide stance. The headlamps are certainly thicker than the concept’s, but thinner than anything else you solve now save for the i8. Down below, the bumper appears to be basic BMW M stuff, with large outlets toward the sides and longer vents with a mesh grille in the middle. This section will be distinct 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, while the roofing system sits a little greater. This isn’t unexpected, as concept cars are typically sleeker than their production counterparts. However, the bright side is that the rear haunches, among the most elegant features on the 8 Series idea if you ask me, appear to be very 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 obligatory blue brake calipers.
2019 BMW M8 Interior
BMW had very little to state 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 principle for hints regarding what we might find in the M8.
As you ‘d anticipate, the show car’s interior is a fancier rendition of BMW’s existing styling language. It sports an enticing mix of clean surface areas and vertical lines, a smooth center console, all-digital instrument clusters, and a new guiding wheel design.
Although tidy and uncluttered on the guest side, the control panel is highlighted by premium red stitching on the upper side and around the center stack location. It likewise has vertically oriented, nearly triangular A/C vents at each corner. These features are most likely to find their way in the production 8 Series and to some level in the M8 too.
The instrument cluster seems quite spartan for modern-day standards, however exactly what we see in the idea may be simply among the settings available. Of course, the M8 will have a more complex display with digital assesses and a number of M-specific features. The guiding 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 a simpler style.
The 8 Series idea is also rather elegant when it pertains to products, using Merino leather in Dark Brown and Fjord White, along with hand-polished aluminum. The M8 needs to get similar treatment, although the base package will most likely consist of black upholstery just. As constantly, search for several “M” emblems on numerous aspects inside the cabin.
2019 BMW M8 Engine
Considering 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 possibility that BMW will use both, much like Mercedes-Benz finishes with the AMG S63 and AMG S65.
The V-8 will likely can be found in the kind of a twin-turbo 4.4-liter unit similar to that offered in the new BMW M5. BMW has currently revised this engine for the M850i trim of the 8 Series and tuned it to provide 523 horse power and 553 pound-feet of twist. Squeezing around 600-horsepower from it should not 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 basic, a minimum of here in the United States.
The V-12 engine might 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 should be capable of more zest in the M8. Given that the Mercedes-AMG S65 benefits 621 horses, it would not be unexpected to see BMW press output towards the 650-horsepower mark.
2019 BMW M8 Price
It’s a bit early to discuss costs here, however it’s quite clear that the M8 will not come cheap. My bet is that the grand tourer will fetch more than the M760i xDrive, which retails from $156,700. Expect a price tag of nearly $170,000 for the V-8 model and a sticker of a minimum of $200,000 for the V-12 version.