2019 BMW M8 spied at the Nurburgring, sounds angry and looks fast
A heavily-camouflaged 2019 BMW M8 has been spied doing laps of the Nurburgring in Germany. The upcoming big coupe blasted from corner to corner, making quite a ruckus from its tailpipes, as witnessed by YouTube channel Automotive Mike.
Essentially replacing the BMW 6 Series, the 8 Series will initially arrive as a coupe with convertible and Gran Coupe models to follow. As we can see in the video, BMW is well into the development phase of the fully-fledged 8 Series M model.
It doesn’t take a proper automotive aficionado to notice that the development model in the clip looks proper fast. Power and torque figures are yet to be announced, however, there’s every chance it it’ll make similar figures to the latest M5’s 441kW and 750Nm given it’ll no doubt feature the same engine.
The BMW M8 is expected to borrow the M5’s xDrive technology, giving drivers the choice of either all-wheel drive grip or pure rear-wheel drive mode should they feel like getting tail happy. The same torque converter ZF eight-speed automatic gearbox will no doubt also feature in the M8.
In the video it appears the the BMW test driver has their foot on the gas pretty hard, and perhaps even in pure rear-wheel drive mode, given the way the back of the car dances around slightly on corner exit. It certainly looks like a fun car to drive despite its size.
If you thought the BMW M850i xDrive was a easy on the eye, the M8 will be sure to whet the appetite. The development vehicle in the video shows fat side skirts, a deeper chin spoiler, and a neat duck tail on the boot.
Inside will be a typical M affair, with heavily-bolstered seats, loads of impressive tech, various driver options, all blended into the 8 Series’s two-plus-two layout.
Australian prices and exact specs for the BMW 8 Series are yet to be disclosed. If United States is anything to go by, the M850i xDrive model is priced similarly to the BMW M5, which retails here between $199,900 and $229,900 (excluding on-road costs), so we can likely expect that the BMW M8 will hit near or sit above the $300,000 mark. Once more information is released we will be sure to let you know. Stay tuned.