BMW boss confirms 2018 for M8 debut

Words: Nile Bijoux
7 Dec 2017

It’s one of the worst kept secrets in the motoring world - BMW is bringing back the 8 Series, and the M8 along with it.

Up until now it was expected that the M8 would officially break cover in 2019 but BMW chairman Harald Krüger has confirmed the range-topper will actually debut next year. In fact the track variant will have its first race outing at the Daytona 24 Hours in a few weeks’ time.

Exact mechanical details are unclear but the 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 from the M5 is looking likely to be used. In that application it makes 447kW and 751Nm, but a little more go power might be eked out for the M8.

The high-power GT might face an uphill sales battle, however, as the world turns towards electrification as the future of mobility. BMW is targeting 25 electrified models, including 12 full EVs, by 2025. This includes an electric Mini in 2019, the iX3 in 2020 and the electric, autonomous iNext in 2021.

Krüger hinted at a production version of the i Vision Dynamics electric sedan, saying it will have a range of 600km and “strong emotional appeal.” It could reach the market as the i5.

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