BMW’s first M8 has been officially teased in a set of images showing a late prototype hiding under body-concealing camouflage. BMW’s intention of developing a range-topping M8 is no secret, mind, having shown a near-production concept of a BMW M8 Gran Coupe earlier this year at the Geneva motor show, but this is now further detail about the model, and when to expect it.
What comes as little surprise is what the M8 will be packing under its muscular bonnet, namely the same S63 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine as fitted to the M5. It’ll develop the same 590bhp as the standard M5 too, so we wouldn’t be surprised to see a Competition version arriving soon after the standard M8 hits the road with just over 600bhp.
Power will then be sent to the same M xDrive all-wheel-drive system as in the M5, with a heavily rear-biased torque split and a selectable rear-wheel-drive mode, which completely disconnects the front two driveshafts from the action, allowing for more ‘traditional’ BMW M-car sideways action.