BMW M8 Coupé Prototype

INTRODUCING THE ICON.

The new BMW M8.

Introducing the Icon.The new BMW M8.

With the BMW M8, BMW M opens up a new chapter in its development of high-performance sports cars. After its market launch, the vehicle with the number 8 in its name will be an M car for the first time. Its closeness to the BMW M8 GTE is also apparent when this high performance sports car flexes its muscles on the race track. An early prototype of the upcoming BMW M8 was presented to the public on the Grand Prix circuit in Estoril, Portugal. With comprehensive motorsport know-how from the development of the M8 GTE, the BMW M8 production car is set to raise the dynamics, agility and precision that can be experienced in a production sports car to a new level. The new BMW M top model will be launched in 2019.

BMW M8 Coupé:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.8 – 10.7*
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 246 – 243*
*preliminary, not final technical data, subject to change

 

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HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 01 More than 400 kW/600 hp
  • 02 BMW M TwinPower Turbo V8 petrol engine
  • 03 M xDrive for maximum traction
  • 04 Perfect combination of high performance and high class
  • 05 In addition to the M8 Coupé, there will also be an M8 Convertible and an M8 Gran Coupé
BMW M8 Coupé Prototype Hot Lap
"The BMW M8 is in the final phase of development for series production."
BMW M8 Coupé Prototype
BMW M8 Coupé Prototype
BMW M8 Coupé Prototype
BMW M8 Coupé Prototype
BMW M8 Coupé Prototype

TECHNOLOGY FOR BEST TIMES.

A sports car as it should be: The development of the new BMW M8 has focused on combining top-drawer dynamics with unimpeachable directional stability and unshakeable traction. The basic blueprint provided by the BMW 8 Series Coupé provides the ideal platform on which to achieve these goals. The vehicle concept has all the ingredients – in terms of weight minimisation, centre of gravity, weight distribution, wheelbase length and track width – to deliver handling characteristics centring on standout lateral and longitudinal dynamics. The exceptional rigidity of the body structure, chassis components and chassis mountings with the body provides the perfect foundations for the car’s extraordinary engine power to be used to deliver supreme performance at all times.

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BMW M8 Coupé Prototype

THE M8.

THE M8.

UNCOMPROMISING POWER.

The latest incarnation of the V8 petrol engine developed by BMW M certainly rises to the occasion when it comes to power. The high-revving unit uses M TwinPower Turbo technology to develop maximum output north of 440 kW/600 hp. A flap-controlled exhaust system lends extra voice to the emotionally rich V8 soundtrack. In traditional BMW M style, the M8 exhaust is a dual-branch affair with tell-tale twin tailpipes on either side of the rear apron.

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BMW M8 Coupé Prototype

POWERPLAY.

POWERPLAY.

MORE DYNAMIC THAN EVER BEFORE.

The V8 engine responds in an instant to its master’s voice and unfurls its power along a linear curve via an eight-speed M Steptronic transmission with Drivelogic. The engine’s power is fed to the road via the new M xDrive system, whose unwavering raison d’être is to serve up performance drivers can experience in pulse-accelerating depth. For the new BMW M8, the all-wheel-drive system has been furnished with an agile, rear-wheel-biased set-up. This combines the supreme ease of fully variable power transfer between the front and rear axles with the elevated sporting dynamics of classical rear-wheel drive. In M Dynamic mode, the all-wheel-drive system sends even more power to the rear wheels, opening the door to controlled drifts. Switching off the DSC stability system brings 2WD mode into play. This turns the M8 into an outright rear-wheel-drive machine, liberated from the shackles of control systems and free to lay on a driving experience of absolute purity. The Active M Differential at the rear axle, which also works fully variably and has a locking effect between 0 and 100 per cent, likewise plays its part in maximising agility and traction in all road and weather conditions.

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"The M8 is the ultimate symbiosis of luxury and maximum performance. A car that has never existed in this form at BMW."
BMW M8 Coupé Prototype

MUSCLE CAR.

MUSCLE CAR.

M SPECIFIC CHASSIS TUNING.

A fundamentally reworked double-wishbone front axle / five-link rear axle chassis imbues the new BMW M8 with outstanding agility and precision. All the components involved in delivering M-specific kinematics and elastokinematics have been revised. A further increase in the track width at the front axle enhances directional stability, while the rear axle features firmer anti-roll bars and more rigid wishbones. The result is neutral steering behaviour even at the dynamic limits and a linear build-up of transverse loads across the full range of lateral acceleration. The standard chassis technology under the skin of the new BMW M8 also includes electronically controlled dampers. Adaptive suspension with model-specific tuning adapts the damper responses constantly to the driver’s style and road condition. The dampers’ baseline set-up can be adapted to the driver’s particular tastes through Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus modes.

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BMW M8 Coupé Prototype

A NEW ERA.

A NEW ERA.

PRECISE AND AMBITIOUS.

The electromechanical M Servotronic steering tuned specially for the new BMW M8 also plays a role in giving the car super-precise handling properties – even when the driver is taking an extremely dynamic approach to the job in hand. It delivers superbly accurate turn-in and provides the driver with clear feedback at all times. The M compound brakes specified as standard for the new BMW M8 deliver top-notch stopping power. As well as their minimised weight and substantially lower unsprung mass compared with conventional braking systems, they are also extremely comfortable to use, boast incredible feel and offer excellent braking stability even under high loads. The optional and even bigger M carbon-ceramic brakes stand out with their even greater stopping power, resistance to fade and thermal stability, not to mention an extraordinary ability to fend off the onset of wear.

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PIONEER OF A NEW ERA.

BMW M8 Convertible Prototype

The new BMW M8 Coupé is the flagship model in a wider family of high-performance sports cars from BMW M. Indeed, the BMW M8 Convertible and BMW M8 Gran Coupé are also currently under development. – stay tuned.

BMW M8 Coupé Prototype and BMW M8 GTE

BMW M8 – STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION.

BMW M8 – STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION.

BMW M8 Coupé:
Fuel consumption in l/100 km (combined): 10.8 – 10.7*
CO2 emissions in g/km (combined): 246 – 243*
*preliminary, not final technical data, subject to change.

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  • The models illustrated include optional equipment.

    Official data on power consumption and electric range were determined in accordance with the mandatory measurement procedure and comply with Regulation (EU) 715/2007 valid at the time of type approval. In case of a range, figures in the NEDC take into account differences in the selected wheel and tire size; figures in the WLTP take into account any optional equipment. WLTP values are used for assessing taxes and other vehicle-related charges that are (also) based on CO2 emissions, as well as for the purposes of vehicle-specific subsidies, if applicable. Where applicable, the NEDC values listed were calculated based on the new WLTP measurement procedure and then converted back to the NEDC measurement procedure for comparability reasons. For newly type-tested vehicles since 01.01.2021, the official data no longer exist according to NEDC, but only according to WLTP. For more information on the WLTP and NEDC measurement procedures, see https://www.bmw.com/wltp.

    For further information about the official fuel consumption and the specific CO2 emission of new passenger cars can be taken out of the „handbook of fuel consumption, the CO2 emission and power consumption of new passenger cars“, which is available at all selling points and at https://www.dat.de/co2/.

    All vehicles, equipment, combination possibilities and varieties shown here are examples and can differ in your country. In no way do they constitute a binding offer by the BMW M GmbH. Visit your local BMW website or see your authorised BMW M Retailer for accurate details on the offers in your country.