Finally. BMW has long lacked a proper supercar and, however wonderful, the I8 we described recently is sure to stir some controversy among traditionalists, so the M8 is something that every car enthusiast gladly awaits.
Still, we’ll have to wait for the celebration of BMW’s centenary in 2016 to see exactly what this car will be like. What we know so far is that the new M8 should be able to compete with the likes of Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Audi R8 and Ferrari 458. The V8 engine will be placed in the middle position and provide at least 600hp.
Now, this number becomes even more special when we tell you that the M8 will share the ground-breaking chassis made of aluminum and carbon fiber with the mentioned i8. This means that, apart from being absolutely beautiful, the M8 will have stunning power to weight ratio. Having in mind that it will have no heavy batteries and electric motor that the i8 has to bear, the M8 should weigh around only 1,250kg, thus easily beating power to weight ratio of most competitors. These features should reduce the 0-100km/h down to about 3 seconds and bring the top speed to about 320kmh/220mph, if there is no speed limiter, which is pretty surplus in a supercar.
Moreover, the i8 will be released in 2014, so assembly lines will already be available which should reduce expenses significantly.
BMW is expected to release more on the M8 in the near future, so stay tuned.
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