BMW is testing a mid-engined version of the “charged” M8 coupe?August 27, 2020
A rather strange prototype of a high-performance BMW M8 coupe has been spotted at the Nürburgring race track in Germany. It was rumored that the premium automaker was testing a mid-engined version of the model. BMW has commented on this information.
BMW fans have dreamed of a mid-engined car in the company’s lineup ever since their favorite automaker unveiled the M1 Homage Concept in 2008 to celebrate the iconic BMW M1’s 30th anniversary. In June 2019, the Bavarians revisited the idea of a supercar with an engine behind the seats with the introduction of the Vision M Next concept.
A couple of days ago, an interesting prototype of a “charged” BMW M8 coupe was spotted on the Nürburgring race track, which seemed to look like a mid-engined car.
Instead of rear side windows, BMW has fitted tinted hoods with air vents and camouflage on the rear window so that no one can see what is underneath all this disguise.
It’s not for nothing that many have come to the conclusion that the new M8 Coupe was in fact a test mule for a mid-engined car. Unfortunately, this is not the case. German magazine Auto Motor und Sport contacted BMW to learn more about the mysterious prototype. In short, it didn’t have a mid-engine. The company said it is testing many new components and is using the M8 as its carrier.
BMW didn’t go into details about these new parts, but whatever they were, the mid-mounted internal combustion engine was not one of them. If we were to speculate that the M8 could have a hybrid powertrain with a proven six-cylinder engine running in conjunction with an electric motor. The latter could have been placed at the rear, presumably driving the rear wheels, while the internal combustion engine was driving the front axle.
Not so long ago, we wrote that the “charged” BMW M3 station wagon was first brought to the road. A division of the German brand BMW M on Instagram on Wednesday, August 26, distributed a video in which the “charged” M3 Touring station wagon was first noticed on the road.
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