The BMW M8 is the first supercar from the blue-spinner crew since 1981, When the last of the 453 BMW M1s were sold. The M8 coupe will feature a few retro design cues, but that is state-of-the-art gasoline powertrain technology. The structure and body wants to use lightweight materials, color: such as carbon fiber, aluminum, magnesium, titanium and even, in pursuit of a 2760-pound target weight.
As BMW sizes down its mainstream models and Introduces electric cars, it runs the risk of degrading its sporting image. A car like the M8 would burnish the reputation of BMW Motorsports.
PLATFORM: The new M8 will be built on the platform of the i8, a futuristic carbon-fiber plug-in hybrid uses did some 5-series components.
POWER TRAIN: An upgraded version of the M5's direct-injected 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo, coupled to at eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. BMW engineers are talking 600 to 650 horsepower.
COMPETITION: Audi R8, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Porsche 911 Turbo.