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

Alonzo Simpson
November 11, 2018

Though we don't have a price tag yet, the M850i Coupe will start at $111,900 (roughly R1,261,113) next year, too, so the M8 will probably go up from there.

It's a healthy uptick from the rest of the 8 Series.

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.

Future drivers of the new M8 can also switch from rear-biased all-wheel drive to just rear-wheel drive, as the torque vectoring drivetrain's power delivery is said to be fully variable, depending on the driving situation and the driver's wishes. 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".

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The vehicle is now in testing, with BMW taking it out to various race tracks - like the Estoril grand-prix circuit in Portugal, that you can see in these photos - before series production begins.

BMW says the car's M-specific suspension "delivers exceptional directional stability, steering precision and cornering dynamics". As well as the 2020 BMW M8 Coupe, the automaker has also confirmed that it's working on a BMW M8 Convertible for those wanting to feel the wind in their hair.

Furthermore, BMW has confirmed that in addition to the Coupe that's being previewed here, there will also be Convertible and Gran Coupe versions of the new M8. BMW is yet to release photos of those two, but you can see more of the M8 in testing - alongside the M8 GTE - in the gallery below.

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