It won’t be long before that camouflage foil falls off
BMW won’t spill out all the beans on the upcoming 2019 M8, but we still get to learn something about the M8’s spiciness inside.
Based on the 2019 BMW 8 Series Coupé, the incoming M8 was developed in parallel with the M8 GTE racer. BMW explains that decision by arguing that it “has allowed the vehicle concept, powertrain and chassis technology of the new BMW M8 to be geared squarely to maximum performance and unfettered track capability.”
Right, on that note, BMW reveals that the M8 will rely on a TwinPower Turbo V8 engine – we guess it’s the same found inside the BMW M5 – tuned to produce 440 kW (600 PS, 590 hp). Managing its grunt will be an M xDrive all-wheel-drive setup adapted to particularly suit the M8. The system is, of course, rear-wheel biased.
Suspension-wise, we’re looking at a double-wishbone setup up front complemented by a multi-link configuration at the rear. BMW’s literature also mentions the addition of stiffer rubber mounts, firmer anti-roll bars and more rigid wishbones, as well as an increase in track width for the front axle.
The new M8 will retain the M5’s M Servotronic steering but with different tweaks. It will still offer, however, the possibility of choosing between two operating modes – Comfort and Sport.
Speaking of driving modes, the M8’s road focus can be adjusted thanks to electronically controlled dampers, which soften or harden as the driver selects one of the three available settings – Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus.
Yes, you need stopping power in a car likes this and BMW had it covered with 395-mm vented and drilled discs up front and six-piston calipers. At the rear, single-piston calipers bite into 380-mm discs. As an option, you can get the M carbon-ceramic setup which comes with 400-mm discs up front and 380-mm ones at the rear.