The M division version of BMW’s newly revived 8 Series has been seen undergoing testing at the Nurburgring in Germany.
- Based on upcoming 8 Series model
- Will rival Bentley Continental GT Speed and Mercedes-AMG S 63
- Likely to be powered by 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 with over 600 bhp
- Could arrive in 2018
Back in 1989 BMW launched the 8 Series, a Grand Tourer that acted as the brand’s flagship model for around a decade. However, as a result of various reasons such as the global recession, sales for the 8 Series weren’t as strong as anticipated and BMW pulled the car after 10 years of production. During that 10 year period rumours of a hardcore M8 project were strong, but nothing materialised and the car was never produced… but these spy shots suggest it might be finally happening after all.
Originally the M8 project was envisioned a Ferrari rival back in the 90s, but now it seems as though BMW will be targeting a different market with their eyes firmly on making it a competitor to the Bentley Continental GT Speed and Mercedes-AMG S 63. The car is likely to come with a new 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8 pushing over 600 bhp, with both rear-wheel drive and optional xDrive all-wheel drive available.
I remember hearing about a potential M8 back in the 90s and being so excited about the possibilities.
It’s hard to make out exactly what the car will look like due to its camouflage disguise and unrevealing bodywork, but it’s clear to see that it’ll share the same style and shape that the old 8 Series had: a long, stretched two-door coupe with the brand’s famous kidney grilles. It’ll also no doubt receive all the aggressive touches and tweaks you’d expect from a top-of-the-range M division car.
As you’d expect, BMW are remaining tightlipped on the new 8 Series and M8 models, but with 2018 the rumoured year for their arrivals, we’ll have to remain patient for something official later this year.
Bloody brilliant news! I remember hearing about a potential M8 back in the 90s and being so excited about the possibilities. Nothing materialised back then, but now it looks as though the project is reborn and it really makes a lot of sense.
Mercedes have shown with the S-Class Coupe that there’s definitely a market for a high-end, classy-looking Grand Tourer, so BMW reigniting the legendary 8 Series is without a doubt a worthwhile venture, and something that most BMW fanatics – myself included – will be excited about…
Especially an M division version!