Good news from Bavaria - for BMW has finally given us some concrete info on next year's M8, its forthcoming flagship.
Much has been carried over from the M5, as is to be expected, with the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 due to make more than 600hp, putting it ahead of the saloon. Only here, it'll be slightly more powerful, with "north of" 592bhp on offer.
It uses the M xDrive all-wheel drive system as well, tuned specifically for this vehicle, and said to offer "top-drawer dynamics with unimpeachable directional stability and unshakeable traction". In comparison, the less-hardcore M850i takes 3.7 seconds to reach 62 miles per hour, which is hardly slow. Yes, that means it will offer what BMW describes as an "agile, rear-wheel-biased set-up".
Since the model is a full-bore M vehicle, its upgrades will be far more extensive than those used on the M850i. BMW says the 8 Series' suspension has been "fundamentally reworked" to deliver "outstanding agility and precision". The M-tuned chassis and body structure have been stiffened from stock.
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.
Engineers have also paid attention to heft as the company says the auto will be relatively lightweight and have a low center of gravity. Naturally, optional M carbon-ceramic brakes will also be available.