When BMW introduced the 8 Series back in 1989, it improved the full-size high-end sector with a car that was gorgeous, special, and filled with innovative features. However, the worldwide crisis and high fuel rates 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 ceased. Almost 20 years later and the 8 Series is set to return. Following the unveiling of an idea car in May 2017, BMW also released a lot of images confirming that an M8 is likewise underway in 2018.
The M8’s arrival will mark a best for the nameplate, which didn’t receive the M treatment in the 1990s. Although BMW did make a model, it ultimately decided that there’s no market for the M8 and the project was ditched. Times have obviously altered now, and with Mercedes currently using AMG versions of the S-Class Coupe and with Bentley producing the Continental GT Speed for numerous years now, BMW requires an 8 Series and an M8 to keep up with the competition.
2019 BMW M8 Design
The very first thing that enters your mind when looking at the camouflaged M8 is that the production model won’t look as unique as the 8 Series idea. This verifies that BMW will provide the series coupe a softer stance which it will get rid of the huge vents behind the front fenders, the massive intakes under the headlamps, and the aggressive engine hood.
The front grille also sports a less angry design that’s more in line with BMW present styling cues. This isn’t really a bad thing though, as the vertical slats are quite thin and sharp and the kidneys are large sufficient to produce a large position. The headlamps are certainly thicker than the idea’s, however thinner than anything else you get right now conserve for the i8. Down below, the bumper seems standard BMW M stuff, with large outlets toward the sides and longer vents with a mesh grille in the middle. This area will be distinct to the M8, while the 8 Series will sport a less aggressive component.
Onto the sides, the big scoop behind the front fenders is missing, while the roofing system sits somewhat higher. This isn’t really unexpected, as idea cars are generally sleeker than their production counterparts. Nevertheless, fortunately is that the rear haunches, among the most trendy features on the 8 Series concept if you ask me, seem 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 information about the interior or the technology inside. On the other hand, we have the 8 Series idea for hints as to exactly what we might discover in the M8.
As you ‘d expect, the program car’s interior is a fancier performance of BMW’s current styling language. It sports an appealing blend of tidy surface areas and vertical lines, a streamlined center console, all-digital instrument clusters, and a new steering wheel style.
Although clean and uncluttered on the guest side, the dashboard is highlighted by premium red stitching on the upper side and around the center stack area. It also has actually vertically oriented, nearly triangular A/C vents at each corner. These features are most likely to find their method the production 8 Series and to some extent in the M8 too.
The instrument cluster seems rather spartan for contemporary requirements, however what we see in the idea may be just one of the settings available. Of course, the M8 will have a more complex display with digital assesses and a number of M-specific features. The steering wheel is one feature I wear;’ t expect to see in the M8 in this form. Although it will keep its stylish stance and flat bottom, it will have a simpler design.
The 8 Series principle is also quite luxurious when it comes to materials, utilizing Merino leather in Dark Brown and Fjord White, in addition to hand-polished aluminum. The M8 ought to get similar treatment, although the base bundle will probably include black upholstery just. As constantly, search for numerous “M” symbols on different elements 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. Actually, there’s a big chance that BMW will offer both, similar to Mercedes-Benz does with the AMG S63 and AMG S65.
The V-8 will likely can be found in the form of a twin-turbo 4.4-liter unit much like 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 deliver 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 standard, at least here in the United States.
The V-12 engine could be sourced from the M760Li, which utilizes a twin-turbo, 6.6-liter V-12. This unit cranks out 600 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of twist in the range-topping 7 Series and ought to be capable of more zest in the M8. Considered that the Mercedes-AMG S65 is good for 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 talk about costs here, however it’s pretty clear that the M8 won’t come cheap. My bet is that the grand tourer will bring more than the M760i xDrive, which retails from $156,700. Expect a price of almost $170,000 for the V-8 model and a sticker label of at least $200,000 for the V-12 version.