Published: Sun, November 11, 2018
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The BMW M8 packs more than 600 HP - Here’s what we know

The BMW M8 packs more than 600 HP - Here’s what we know

For context, note that the M5's 4,4-litre V8 is worth 441 kW, while the M5 Competition boasts 460 kW.

The prototype depicted in BMW's images is fully camouflaged, but we can tell it gets an M-specific body kit that adds larger air intakes chiseled into the front bumper, a spoiler on the trunk lid, and a new rear bumper.

BMW has confirmed its upcoming M8 coupé will be powered by a "high-revving" V8 generating more than 440 kW when it hits the market "in the course of 2019".

The comparisons to the M5 don't stop there as BMW also confirmed the M8 will have an M xDrive all-wheel drive system. This enables the sedan to accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 km/h) in just 3.3 seconds. Rear-wheel bias will be dialed in, BMW says, and there'll be a 2WD mode that effectively turns the M8 into a rear-wheel-drive auto as some purists would argue all performance BMWs ought to be. Modifications made to the steering, braking, and suspension systems ensure the flagship M auto handles as well as it accelerates, both on and off the track.

BMW says the car's M-specific suspension "delivers exceptional directional stability, steering precision and cornering dynamics".

There's never been a Motorsport Division BMW 8 Series - the 850 CSI was as close as the E31 generation ever got - and so the arrival of the first M8 is pretty significant news.

BMW hasn't disclosed any other performance-related numbers than the power output, but Autocar suggests some more information: The M8's center of gravity is 24 mm, or.95 inches lower than the M5's, the 0-62 miles per hour time is under 3.4 seconds, and the top speed should be in excess of 186 miles per hour - some serious stuff.

The M8 has no release date, and it's going to be expensive.

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