BMW is preparing a “hardcore” version of the M8May 20, 2020
The Bavarian automaker is testing a mysterious model at the Nurburgring.
At the end of 2019, BMW “forgot” to wear camouflage on the prototype M5 CS, proving that a more powerful and more track-oriented version is under development. It is expected that the M5 CS, which was later spotted at the Nurburgring, will be equipped with a tuned version of the BMW V8 4.4-liter twin-cylinder engine with at least 640 horsepower, at 23 hp. more than the power of the current top model M5, M5 Competition.
BMW has not yet introduced the M5 CS, but a recent spy video from the Nurburgring suggests that this will not be the only model under the CS brand that will appear in the near future. The video shows a convertible BMW M8 2020 model year, completely disguised as camouflage. But the M8 convertible is already on the market, and BMW does not need to try to disguise it, unless it is a CS option.
The BMW M8 Coupé, Convertible and Gran Coupe are equipped with a mechanically identical M5 powertrain. BMW currently offers the M8 in the standard and Competition versions, but if the M5 gets a hardcore CS version, it also makes sense for the M8 flagship to get one. This convertible prototype seems rather boring for a potential CS model, but at the end of 2019, BMW tested the outwardly more aggressive prototype M8 Coupe with a large rear wing.
All M5 and M8 models are currently equipped with a twin-cylinder V8 engine, known as the S63. According to rumors, BMW is working on an updated version of this engine, which may be named S68. The S68 will retain the hot V-spec turbocharger configuration, but add some form of electrification. Seeing that BMW is testing several models that currently use the S63, we have little doubt that a major update is expected.
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