BMW has released initial details and images of the upcoming M8 Coupe as the car undergoes final testing before entering production.
While not getting too specific, the M8 will be powered by a twin-turbo V8 with a maximum output “north of 440kW” which suggests a tune similar to the 460kW/750Nm generated by the 4.4-litre from the new M5 Competition.
The M8 will also feature the rear-biased M xDrive all-wheel-drive system that can send torque to the front axle should the rear wheels reach their limit. Purists will be happy to know the system has a selectable 2WD mode to use the M8 as a rear wheel drive car.
A host of M performance parts will be standard including an active M differential at the rear axle and the M braking package. For those wanting to kick things up a notch, M carbon-ceramic brakes will be on the options list.
19-inch M light-alloy wheels are standard and come wrapped in mixed-size high-performance tyres.
According to the new WLTP test cycle, on a combined run, consumption is rated at 10.7-10.8L/100km. Seems very optimistic.
BMW has also confirmed the M8 Coupe will be joined by the M8 Convertible and M8 Gran Coupe, both of which are currently under development.
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