BMW ‘M8’ i8-based performance car could debut in 2016

December 6, 2013

Rumours of a BMW ‘M8’ super sports car are still floating about, and now we hear from a German publication that such a model could arrive in 2016.

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Based on the new BMW i8 super-efficient sports coupe, a BMW M8 is set to be a high performance version fettled by BMW M Division. This means bespoke suspension, brakes, drivetrain, and interior.

According to an Autobild report, the M8 is set to come with a twin-turbo V8 along with an electric hybrid system, offering a combined output of around 441kW.

With this kind of power on tap we could expect to see 0-100km/h taken care of in just 3.0 seconds with a top speed of over 322km/h (200mph).

BMW is yet to officially confirm such plans. If it does go ahead, the car would likely feature a full carbon fibre body like the more tame i8. This would contribute to an excellent power-to-weight ratio and help to keep consumption to a minimum.

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Such a model would be aligned to tackle the likes of the Porsche 911 Turbo and McLaren 12C.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.