The BMW M8 is nigh. The German automaker is readying the highest-performance version of its new 8 Series coupe, now in the “final phase” of development, less than five months after the production 8 Series debuted an all-new 2019 model. BMW promises a “fundamentally reworked” chassis for the M8, including a wider front track and M-specific tuning to increase body rigidity, directional stability and steering precision.
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Distinct from the 8 Series’ M850i variant, whose twin-turbocharged V-8 makes 523 horsepower and 553 pounds-feet of torque — oh, the paucity — the M8’s twin-turbo V-8 will produce “north of” 600 hp, BMW promises. That indicates more than what’s in the current M5 sedan, whose 600-hp turbo V-8 gets the car to 60 mph in a scant 3.2 seconds. Could the M8 be a 3-second car? We’ll have to wait and see.