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The BMW M8 could have more than 600 horsepower

The BMW M8 could have more than 600 horsepower

Only here, it'll be slightly more powerful, with "north of" 592bhp on offer. BMW isn't giving specifics on the M8's engine, only saying that it's a "high-revving" V8 that will use M TwinPower Turbo technology for its 600+ horsepower hit.

BMW M promises it went to great lengths to make the M8 lighter and more rigid than the 8 Series.

Power for the M8 comes from an evolution of the standard 8's twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V8 engine. This enables the sedan to accelerate from 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 km/h) in just 3.3 seconds.

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Future drivers of the new M8 can also switch from rear-biased all-wheel drive to just rear-wheel drive, as the torque vectoring drivetrain's power delivery is said to be fully variable, depending on the driving situation and the driver's wishes. 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. BMW didn't go into specifics, but said the vehicle will have a unique suspension which delivers "exceptional directional stability, steering precision and cornering dynamics".

Modifications from the 8 Series to M8 will include "fundamentally reworked" suspension for agility and precision, with a wider front track, firmer anti-roll bars, stiffer wishbones, revised kinematics, unique toe links and additional chassis bracing. That's pretty vague, but the 2019 M850i xDrive uses a number of lightweight components such as aluminum, magnesium and carbon fiber.

We knew the BMW M8 was going to be a monster, but now the automaker is lifting the veil on just how potent a coupe we can expect.


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