BMW M8 & M8 Competition (G15)

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New BMW M8 coupé: first powertrain details confirmed

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”.

For context, note that the M5‘s 4,4-litre V8 is worth 441 kW, while the M5 Competition boasts 460 kW. The M850i, meanwhile, offers 390 kW.

The eight-cylinder engine in the M8 has its pair of turbochargers positioned in the “V” between the banks of cylinders. An eight-speed M Steptronic transmission will ship standard, while an electronically controlled flap will be included in the dual-branch exhaust system, which culminates in twin tailpipes at either end of the rear apron.

The Munich-based automaker says the powerplant transfers its considerable oomph to the tarmac via a new version of the M xDrive all-wheel-drive system “tuned specifically for the M8”. Yes, that means it will offer what BMW describes as an “agile, rear-wheel-biased set-up”.

Depending on the chosen mode, the all-wheel-drive system will be able to “open the door to controlled drifts”, while switching off the dynamic stability control system brings 2WD mode into play. According to BMW, the latter 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”. Fighting words.

The M8 will feature a “fundamentally reworked” double-wishbone front axle/five-link rear axle chassis, along with an increase in track width. Electronically controlled dampers will also be included as standard, as will M compound brakes (with 395 mm discs up front and 380 mm items at the rear). Naturally, optional M carbon-ceramic brakes will also be available.

The new M8 will ride on 19-inch M light-alloy wheels (20-inch versions will also be offered) wrapped in mixed-size “ultra-high-performance” tyres.

Interestingly, BMW has also confirmed it is currently also developing an M8 Convertible and M8 Gran Coupé.

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/new-bmw-m8-coupe-first-powertrain-details-confirmed/

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New BMW M8: 600bhp-plus super coupe prototype track ride

Full-on M version of BMW's range-topping 8 Series will be revealed next year, and we've had a ride in the first prototype

In standard M8 guise, the 90-degree engine will be tuned to deliver more than 600bhp, according to BMW M development boss Dirk Häcker. Although not yet confirmed, a more powerful M8 Competition is also planned, offering up to 650bhp through various tweaks to its induction system.

BMW has not divulged any official performance figures, but Häcker suggests the M8 will significantly undercut the current flagship M850i xDrive’s claimed 0-62mph time of 3.7sec. Combined fuel economy is put at 26.4mpg at this stage in the development process.

In a move mirroring that of the latest M5 and M850i xDrive, the M8 receives a standard eight-speed torque converter automatic gearbox as well as a variable four-wheel drive system and electronically controlled M-differential at the rear. A so-called M Dynamic mode allows the driver to activate a rear-wheel drive mode, too.

Similarly, the suspension is a development of the double wishbone and multi-link system used by the M5. However, the M8 boasts a shorter wheelbase and wider tracks than its sedan sibling. Additional body stiffening increases its rigidity over the M850i.

Häcker confirms the new two-door receives its own specific suspension tuning, revised springs, dampers, bushes and roll bars. “It corners very flat and with very little movement. You sit a lot lower than in the M5, so it feels quite a bit different to drive,” says the BMW development boss.

Häcker also confirms the new M8’s centre of gravity is significantly lower than that of the M5, and it boasts a perfect 50:50 weight distribution, in part through the adoption of a lighter lithium-ion battery.

Despite the focus on dynamics, BMW M is confident the M8 will also successfully fulfil the role of long-distance grand tourer. “It’s quite firm in sport, but the inclusion of adaptive damping control means we can offer customers greater compliance with a comfort mode as well” Häcker claims.

There are certain laws of physics that suggest you should never describe a car approaching two tonnes as being truly agile. But within minutes of arriving at Portugal’s Estoril circuit for a passenger ride in a prototype M8 coupe, Dirk Häcker sets about doing just that.

As we stand in the wind swept pit lane, the head of research and development at BMW’s M performance car division takes little time in suggesting the M8 is far and away a more driver orientated proposition than its indirect predecessor, the M6.

“We’re absolutely convinced, and not just about its performance, which is a whole new level for us. In terms of agility, it is every bit as good, if not better, than the competition. Even with four-wheel drive, we’ve been able to program it to deliver traditional rear-wheel drive traits when the driver wishes,” he says.

Häcker, who has presided over the engineering of all recent M models, indicates a lot of effort has been focused on providing the M8 Coupe with even greater response and sharpness than the M5, with which it shares its mechanicals.

“We’ve done a lot of detailed tuning to the steering, springs, dampers and bushing. The individual components are much the same, but they are set up differently” he enthuses.

As the camouflaged prototype arrives in a blaze of exhaust noise, it is clear some of the uniqueness Häcker talks about is down its exterior design, certain elements of which take their cue from the M8 GTE race car campaigned by BMW Motorsport in the World Endurance Championship.

Before I open the long frameless passenger side door and climb in I’m told the ride height is lower than that of the M850i. This, acknowledges Häcker, gives the M8 Coupe a centre of gravity that is 24mm lower than that of the M5.

What followed over the next three laps of the former F1 circuit was a mostly sideways display of what that reduction in the centre of gravity means. While it is never easy forming binding conclusions from a brief run in the passenger seat, Häcker’s enthusiasm for the dynamic qualities of the M8 Coupe certainly appears justified.

There was never really any doubt about the accelerative qualities of the M8 Coupe; with over 600bhp and four-wheel drive translating to a 0-62mph time under the 3.4sec of the standard M5, as well as a top speed in excess of the benchmark 186mph.

No, the real question hanging over the M8 Coupe up until now has been its ability to match this speed with the sort of handling enthusiasts will cherish. However, after witnessing its outstanding body control, ability to change direction with all the deft precision of much smaller and lighter car and ease at which it can be coaxed in lurid oversteer it is clear it is not just another high priced grand tourer seeking to be regarded as a sports car but - and feel free to take this with a grain of salt at this stage - a true sportscar in its very own right.

Like that of the M5, the M8 Coupe’s four-wheel drive system is programmed to send up to 100 per cent of drive to the rear wheels in M Dynamic mode. There’s also a torque vectoring function built into the rear differential to apportion that drive to the wheel with the most grip. The result is car that provides all the security of a four-wheel drive car when you want it and, at the press of a button, all the tail-happy traits of a powerful rear-wheel drive sportscar when the conditions allow.

Right now it appears to offer an even broader range of dynamic traits than even the M5. The proof, of course, will have to wait until we get to drive the M8 Coupe for ourselves next year. But for now, the early signs are certainly encouraging, even if a quick physics lesson suggests they shouldn’t be.

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/new-cars/new-bmw-m8-600bhp-plus-super-coupe-prototype-track-ride

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I was really hoping for something exciting from the 8-series. This is quite boring looking to me, looks like just another big BMW.
 

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BMW previews M8, reveals a few engine details

With the 8 Series Coupe and Convertible models now revealed and ready to take on the world, the focus now shifts to the M8 version, which BMW will be releasing in 2019.

And so kicks off the teaser campaign, this time with some new pictures of a disguised prototype, but of real interest are the engine and dynamic details that BMW has made available for the first time.

As expected, the technical recipe here is very much as per the latest M5 saloon.

BMW says the M8 will be powered by a high-revving V8 engine that produces “north of” 440kW. The M5, for the sake of comparison, puts out 441kW in standard guise, with the Competition model pushing 460kW. On that note, BMW has yet to confirm whether there will be a Competition version of the M8, but it’s hard to imagine why not.

Like the aforementioned super-saloon, the M8 will put its power to the road via an M-specific xDrive all-wheel-drive system with a fully-variable but ultimately rearward-biased torque distribution system, and there will be a rear-wheel-drive mode that drivers can dial in for power sliding.

Furthermore, BMW has confirmed that in addition to the Coupe that’s being previewed here, there will also be Convertible and Gran Coupe versions of the new M8.

https://www.iol.co.za/motoring/latest-launches/bmw-previews-m8-reveals-a-few-engine-details-17839500
 

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The New BMW M8! Sneak Preview and Flat Out Hot Laps - Shmee150

 

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New BMW M8 Competition leaks out ahead of 2019 unveiling

Pictures of BMW's flagship coupe are posted on German car forum showing a Competition version of the M8

BMW's flagship 8 Series, the M8, isn't due to be revealed for several months, but an undisguised model has already leaked online.

The Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe rival is about to go on sale in standard form, with the M8 due to be revealed in mid-2019. Yet a BMW insider has papped images of what looks like a show model of the M-car in flagship Competition form, with no disguise and 'The M8' written on its number plates, and posted them on enthusiast site German Car Forum.

Competition badging features on the car's bootlid, while tell-tale signs this is the full-fat M model include quad exhaust tailpipes and reprofiled bumpers compared with the M850i, the current range flagship.

The M8 is set to make use of the M850i's twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8, with upgrades to produce around 600bhp. A 0-60mph time in the low three seconds is expected. It's not clear yet if the M8 Competition will produce even more power, but given the M5 Competition puts out 616bhp to the standard M5's 591bhp, it's more than likely.

Recent patent images, which surfaced on tipster page Ferd, also show the upcoming 8 Series Gran Coupe four-door in its flagship form.

Previewed by the M8 Gran Coupé concept back at the Geneva motor show in March, the Porsche Panamera-rivalling 8 Series Gran Coupé isn't due to arrive until 2019 - several months after the two-door variant. The M8 version arrives a few months after this.

The M-performance M850i will be offered in £76,270 840d diesel and £100,045 M850i petrol form, and the Gran Coupe is predicted to follow suit. The production M8 will be available in all three 8 Series bodystyles, too.

The Gran Coupé is due to enter production in 2019. It appears largely similar to its two-door siblings, but with a raised rear roofline to provide more space for passengers.

Following the unveiling of the 8 Series coupé, the convertible and Gran Coupé were all but revealed in patent images showing their distinct designs. The pictures, which surfaced on Bimmerpost, confirmed the car's look would follow its two-door siblings closely at the front and rear.

Pictured previously during a testing stint at the Nürburgring, the design differences of the M8 coupé and convertible are visible. Aside from their differing tops, the variants also get their own bootlids to create different silhouettes.

So far, only the two-door 8 Series has been revealed, with the other two body types and M variants to be revealed later.

Building on the base of the new 8 Series range, which will appear on public roads in November, the M8 models will use BMW's twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 engine. We know this because the racing M8 that competed in the Daytona 24 Hours earlier this year was equipped with this powerplant.

Without motorsport restrictors to worry about, the finished road car is expected to produce 600bhp, placing it above the latest 592bhp M5 and giving it more firepower than the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupé, which has 577bhp.

M division president Frank van Meel revealed that development of the M8 was started at the same time as the regular 8 Series and that their programmes ran in parallel. He said the M8 builds "on the genes of the 8 Series and augments its DNA with added track ability and generous extra portions of dynamic sharpness, precision and agility".

Van Meel added: "It all flows into a driving experience that bears the familiar BMW M hallmarks and satisfies our customers’ most exacting requirements.”

https://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/...m8-competition-leaks-out-ahead-2019-unveiling

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New BMW M8 teased … and fresh 'M Mode' button confirmed!

BMW has released a handful of photographs of its upcoming M8 coupé (still wearing camouflage, of course), while also confirming its flagship performance 8 Series range will debut a new “M Mode”.

The Munich-based firm has confirmed the M8 range – set to comprise standard and Competition versions of the coupé and convertible – will feature a new display and control system for the configuration of the powertrain, chassis and driver assistance systems. It will even offer the ability to configure the braking system as required.

BMW says the new M Mode, meanwhile, will allow the “displays and driver assistance systems to be tuned to the driver’s requirements”. Sited on the centre console, pressing the M Mode button will activate "road" and "sport" modes, while the Competition variants will also gain a "track" setting.

In the default road setting, all the standard and optional driver assistance systems will be fully activated. One press of the M Mode button will engage the sport setting, in which the active driver assistance systems (in the configuration set by the driver) now only transmit alerts on speed limits and overtaking restrictions. This mode also disables all interventions in the braking and steering systems, aside from those made by the collision warning with braking function and the evasion assistant.

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/new-models/new-bmw-m8-teased-and-fresh-m-mode-button-confirmed/

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BMW M8 Range Getting New ‘M Mode’ And Updated Braking System

BMW’s highly-anticipated high-performance Coupe is making the headlines once again courtesy of a fresh teaser signaling the reveal is right around the corner.

While images of the exterior are not exactly showing something we haven’t seen before, the ones depicting the digital instrument cluster are of interest.

The video below gives us our first look at the center console where there is a nifty new M Mode button making its debut on the BMW M8 Coupe and its convertible counterpart. Drivers will use it to pick between the Road and Sport modes on the regular M8 and select the Track mode reserved to the hotter M8 Competition. Each and every mode comes with its own settings for the screens and it also changes the setup of the driver assistance systems. Activate the Track mode and all of the comfort and safety functions will be deactivated, and even the radio is going to be turned off to reduce distractions.

https://www.zero2turbo.com/2019/05/bmw-m8-range-getting-new-m-mode-and-updated-braking-system.html
 

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Upcoming BMW M8 Gets New Tech

BMW has divulged details regarding the technology to be offered in the forthcoming M8 Coupe and Convertible. It looks tantalising…

The M8, the pinnacle of the 8 Series range, is currently in development and it will come to market in both Coupe and Convertible guises as well as in Competition flavours for those who want more of an edge in terms of styling and performance.

While we wait for boffs at BMW M to work their magic, the Munich-based firm has dropped a few technological details pertaining to the M8.

Performance control at your fingertips

BMW will introduce a new display and control system that drivers would typically use to configure the vehicles powertrain, chassis and driving assistance systems. Vehicle settings are accessed via a new Setup button while the displays and driver assistance systems can be configured with a new M Mode, both of which add more scope for adjustment and higher levels of control.

Most notably, however, apart from being able to independently adjust settings for the engine, suspension, steering and torque vectoring (in M models with xDrive all-wheel drive), the M8 Coupe and Convertible will now also allow the driver to adjust the braking system as required using the new Setup button.

The settings for each parameter are as follows:

Engine: Efficient, Sport, Sport Plus

Chassis: Comfort, Sport, Sport Plus

Steering: Comfort, Sport

Braking: Comfort, Sport

XDrive AWD: 4WD, 4WD Sport, 2WD

https://www.cars.co.za/motoring_news/upcoming-bmw-m8-gets-new-tech/46644/

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Uggh, can they just announce it already
I cannot wait to see what this beast really looks like in its final spec.
 

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BMW M8 will be 'a Porsche Turbo killer', promises M boss

The head of BMW’s high-performance M division promises the upcoming M8 coupé will be the “ultimate performance machine”, claiming it is already being referred to as “a Porsche Turbo killer”.

Speaking to Australian media, Markus Flasch said the new M8 – powered by a twin-turbo 4,4-litre V8 petrol engine – would take things a step further for the brand.

“The first journalists [who] have driven this car compare it to the Porsche Turbo; they call it ‘a Porsche Turbo killer’,” Flasch said, according to motoring.com.au.

“This car is the ultimate performance machine that we will offer,” he added, explaining the M8 would be markedly different to the M5 sedan.

https://www.carmag.co.za/news/bmw-m8-will-be-a-porsche-turbo-killer-promises-m-boss/
 

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BMW M8 Ready To Take On Porsche Turbo

In a recent teleconference with Australian media, the president of BMW’s M Division, Markus Flasch revealed that the BMW M8 will be more than just a coupe version of the M5.

When asked about a potential hypercar from BMW, Flasch admitted that the company’s performance division had been pushing for such a model over a number of years but there is “no concrete plan, nothing that I can confirm…”

Other details from the conversation included the following;

- M8 centre of gravity is 24mm lower than the M5
- Stiffer front end and different steering feel to the M5
- Four-wheel steering not happening for M8
- The BMW M8 will be the fastest BMW M car on the
Nurburgring Nordschleife
- Global debut later this year

https://www.zero2turbo.com/2019/05/bmw-m8-ready-to-take-on-porsche-turbo.html
 
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