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600 hp BMW M8 arriving in 2016 - report

BMW i8 production version artist rendering
BMW i8 production version artist rendering

Celebrating BMW's 100th birthday

BMW's flagship model is likely to receive the M8 moniker when it will come out in 2016, according to M division chief Friedrich Nitschke.

Developed to celebrate the brand's 100th anniversary, the M8 could share the carbon fiber and aluminum underpinnings of the i8 plug-in hybrid supercar. Instead of the i8's 3-cylinder 1.5-liter engine, the M8 is expected to feature a twin-turbo V8 producing approximately 600 hp (447 kW) which would allow the car to reach 62 mph (100 km/h) in 3 seconds and hit a top speed of about 200 mph (322 km/h).

Previously known as the BMW M1, the M8 could turn out to be a very light car taking into account the i8 weighs 1,480 kg (3,262 lbs), with 200 kg (440 lbs) of the weight having to do with the electric motor and batteries.

If Friedrich Nitschke will convince BMW chairman Norbert Reithofer to give the M8 the green light, most likely we'll get to see the car for the first time in 2015, before going on sale (probably in limited quantities) a year later.

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Han Solo Han Solo
I don't know, I personally don't like the exterior design of this car... I am a die hard fan of the BMW 8 Series (E31)... I like the current 6 Series and the 2 models before... But I still long for the 8 Series to comeback...be it a Front Longitudinal RWD Supercar or a Mid Longitudinal RWD Supercar or even a Microturbine Serial Hybrid...as long as it carries the heritage of the BMW 8 Series (E31)...This car just doesn't have the X Factor that the BMW 8 Series (E31) had. I just hope they change the Design...and come up with a proper successor to the BMW 8 Series (E31)...
Feb 7th, 2013 3:28am
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Cohiba-lover06 Cohiba-lover06
On the rare occasion that I still see an 8-series on the road, it still makes my heart jump. Boy, what an elegant GT that is. Bit under-powered but the true successor of the rightfully famed M635 CSi. Short there after BMW lost its way, designwise.
Feb 6th, 2013 8:28am
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Han Solo Han Solo
Finally someone who shares my views...I too, just like you sir, am a die hard fan of the BMW 8 Series (E31)... I like the current 6 Series and the 2 models before... But I still long for the 8 Series to comeback...be it a Front Longitudinal RWD Supercar or a Mid Longitudinal RWD Supercar or even a Microturbine Serial Hybrid...as long as it carries the heritage of the BMW 8 Series (E31)...This car just doesn't have the X Factor that the BMW 8 Series (E31) had... I just hope they change the Design...I just hope they change the Design...and come up with a proper successor to the BMW 8 Series (E31)...
Feb 7th, 2013 3:26am
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GTurbo GTurbo
The UltiM8 Driving Machine is back!
Feb 6th, 2013 3:16am
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mongo mongo
Why not just call it BMW M.
Feb 6th, 2013 1:10am
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DTM DTM
You just know that BMW wont release this car unless it's truly Epic. Especially if its for the 100th anniversary of the company. Can't wait!
Feb 5th, 2013 11:47pm
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GRAVE GRAVE
100th anniversary for BMW brand not M division.
Feb 6th, 2013 12:14am
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DTM DTM
my mistake. thanks
Feb 6th, 2013 1:01pm
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NYyanks NYyanks
YES! BUILD IT BMW!
Feb 5th, 2013 11:34pm
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keithxp keithxp
This probably sounds ridiculous but in the age of the P1, F150 and 918, I don't think 600 hp is enough.
Feb 5th, 2013 11:14pm
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dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
Supercar vs. hypercar. 10 years ago, you had the Enzo with 660bhp and the 360 with 400bhp. Seemed to make sense back then, seems to make sense now. One's a 250k car, and one's a 1million car. Different markets, different wallet sizes.
Feb 5th, 2013 11:23pm
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YasidSawCreatives YasidSawCreatives
seconded!
Feb 11th, 2013 11:29am
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dbehmoaras dbehmoaras
As practical as the V8-TT might be, I can't help but think that a rejuvenated version of the V10 from the old M5 is better suited for this car. It will never happen, because the development costs are most likely unjustifiable. Looks to be shaping up for a head-to-head with the McLaren.
Feb 5th, 2013 10:55pm
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GRAVE GRAVE
So will it be a one-off?
Feb 5th, 2013 8:11pm
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Prestige15 Prestige15
I expecting something a little different, A V10 engine, ahwell, just hope it dosent make a farting noise as in the M5/6
Feb 5th, 2013 7:33pm
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Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
That turbo noise always reminds me of wheezing nasal breathing. :)
Feb 5th, 2013 7:37pm
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Ratt Ratt
I think people are saying that V8 biturbo sounds bad just because they heard that from some other user on some site, not because they actually hear it in person, yes V10 sounds better its naturally aspirated engine, but V8 also sounds pretty good.
Feb 5th, 2013 8:44pm
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Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
Why not in 2014 or 2015, or as soon as possible? I figure that the development for the M8 is already front and center at BMW, and that they've already been working on it for a long time.
Feb 5th, 2013 7:08pm
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DBaskov DBaskov
"Celebrating BMW's 100th birthday"
Feb 5th, 2013 7:12pm
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Dude von Dudenstein Dude von Dudenstein
Yes, I read the article, but it's about time that BMW makes a halo car, or supercar. Why wait another 3 years?
Feb 5th, 2013 7:22pm
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DBaskov DBaskov
Who knows? We're not automotive engineers, nor execs. It could be for the sole reason of giving considerate amount of time for engineering and maybe the anniversary falls in right place. NSX is slated to come out in 2015 and it has been at least a year since it was announced.
Feb 5th, 2013 9:47pm
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Joao Oliveira Joao Oliveira
Do it BMW, and don't fit hybrid stuff to make it very light... can't wait
Feb 5th, 2013 7:07pm
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Ratt Ratt
For the love of God give him green light, I wanna see this!!
Feb 5th, 2013 6:57pm
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