New BMW M8 Confirmed With Over 591HP V8 And AWD

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The exact figure remains a mystery, but the M5 Competition has a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 that produces 617 hp (460 kW / 625 PS) and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque.

Described as "en route to series production", the automaker has finally confirmed rumors that the model will be more powerful than the M5.

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". In comparison, the less-hardcore M850i takes 3.7 seconds to reach 62 miles per hour, which is hardly slow. Power will be sent through an eight-speed automatic gearbox to all four wheels, or just the rears if you engage two-wheel drive mode.

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. 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 vehicle as some purists would argue all performance BMWs ought to be.

BMW now seems keen to offer a little more than what the "regular" M versions come with, continuously adding "Competition" models to its lineup with even more power and handling upgrades. The low center of gravity, wide tracks, and overall lightweight design make for a stable and controllable ride that's further enhanced by M-line specific features including a unique chassis and suspension to increase steering precision and cornering dynamics. Though we don't have a price tag yet, the M850i Coupe will start at $111,900 (roughly R1,261,113) next year, too, so the M8 will probably go up from there.

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