The BMW M8 Will Belt Out 650bhp In Its Shoutiest Form

Doris Richards
November 11, 2018

BMW is moving full-speed ahead as it expands the 8 Series family.

It's a healthy uptick from the rest of the 8 Series. The M850i xDrive Convertible we showed you photos of earlier this month delivers 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque.

For context, note that the M5's 4,4-litre V8 is worth 441 kW, while the M5 Competition boasts 460 kW.

The Munich-based automaker says the powerplant transfers its considerable oomph to the tarmac via a new version of the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system "tuned specifically for the M8". 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 auto "liberated from the shackles of control systems". We've seen the same sort of system in the latest BMW M5, and it's a guaranteed shortcut to entertainment.

The upgrades will also find their way to the chassis as the company has confirmed they were able to increase the rigidity of the body structure, chassis components and chassis mounting points. There'll be M-specific suspension, for more directional stability, precision in the steering, and dynamics in the corners.

BMW Group announced on Thursday that its newest high-revving coupe is on its way to series production. That's not expected to happen until 2019, however, though we should get more details well in advance of the M8 arriving in dealerships.

BMW has also admitted it's working on Cabriolet and Grand Coupe versions of the M8, which will no doubt be released soon after the Coupe goes on sale.

The auto will be launched in coupe form "in the course of 2019", and will be followed by a drop-top plus a five-door "Gran Coupe" version, BMW says.

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