2016 BMW M8 Release, Review and Price
2016 BMW M8 Release, Review and Price. – BMW’s plans to unleash a new mid-engined supercar are firming up. Previously known as M1, the 600bhp supercar is now called M8 internally, and is being lined up as the flagship car to mark BMW’s 100th birthday in 2016.
Rumors about a possible new BMW supercar have been circulating for quite some time now, but now those rumors are getting more intense. Add in the fact that a new model is all but confirmed for a 2016 debut the perfect time to mark BMW’s centenary.
Until now, everyone believed the new model would be called the M1, mostly because of the M1 Hommage concept car unveiled at the 2008 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este. However, new details suggest that BMW’s new supercar will be in fact called M8 a name adopted because it will share the carbon fiber and aluminum chassis with the upcoming BMW i8 . Of course this doesn’t mean the next M8 will also be a hybrid supercar, but because of this lightweight construction it will deliver impressive performance numbers.
2016 BMW M8 Price. – It’s a little bit too soon to talk about the BMW M8’s price list, but considering it targets models like Audi R8 GT, you should expect a starting price of about $200,000.
2016 BMW M8 Interior. – On the inside, you should be aware that from now until 2016 technology can significantly improve. Still, we expect the interior to be inspired by the i8, including that awesome cockpit that brings together the instrument panel, steering column and steering wheel with the instrument cluster, central information display and control elements.
The M8 will also offer a very nice combination of high-quality leather, carbon fiber and Alcantara.
2016 BMW M8 Exterior. -You can easily imagine that when it comes to the BMW M8 all we can do is speculate, so let’s start putting our imagination to work. On the outside, we expect a combination of the BMW i8 and M1 Hommage design elements.
The 0-100km/h sprint is speculated to be done away with in around 3.0 seconds, which would make the M8 1.2 seconds faster than an M6. A kerb weight of under 1400kg is also expected, which would confer the M8 with prodigious cornering performance.
2016 BMW M8 Engine. – While most of its elements will be shared with the i8, under the hood things will be completely different. The hybrid supercar uses a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine combined with an electric motor. For the M8, however, BMW will likely use a twin-turbocharged V-8 with an output of about 600 horsepower.
Expected to be based on the aluminium and carbon composite architecture of the 2011 i8 hybrid supercar concept, the so-called M8 will reportedly shelve the i8?s 1.5 litre three-cylinder turbo petrol engine in favour of a mid-mounted twin-turbocharged V8.
That V8 engine will most likely be borrowed from the M6 and M5, however it’s unclear whether the M8 will retain the i8 concept’s electrically-driven front axle (for a hybrid AWD drivetrain much like the Porsche 918) or rely purely on internal combustion.
Power is expected to hover around the 450kW mark, which is appreciably close to the 412kW output of the M5 and M6?s 4.4 litre twin-turbo V8.
If BMW were to supplement the 4.4 litre V8 with an electric motor or two, combined peak power could conceivably be in excess of 450kW, while torque would most certainly be higher than the M5?s already substantial 680Nm figure.
2016 BMW M8 Powertrain. - An upgraded version of the M5?s direct-injected 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo, coupled to an eight speed dual clutch automatic. BMW engineers are talking 600 to 650 horsepower. 2016 BMW M8 Release, Review and Price.