BMW unveiled information about the new M8November 9, 2018
The top BMW M8 will get all-wheel drive from the M5, specific chassis settings and three body types
BMW has begun the final phase of testing the new M8 and revealed some technical information about the new product. Thus, the top-of-the-eight will receive an all-wheel drive from the M5 with the option of disabling the front axle, specific chassis settings, active M-differential and three body types. The market launch of the BMW M8 Coupe is scheduled for next year.
The CL-8 will be based on the CLAR modular platform, similar to the usual 8-series, with a double-lever front suspension and a five-lever rear suspension. For it, the kinematics and elastocinematics were adjusted, the front track was widened, and the rigidity of rubber mounts and stabilizers was increased. Electromechanical steering M Servotronic from the BMW M5 also adapted to the features of the new model. Coupe different lower center of gravity and the ideal distribution of mass between the axes – 50:50.
BMW M8 complete adaptive suspension with electronically controlled shock absorbers, active M-differential, all-wheel drive xDrive with dynamic torque distribution between the axles and M-brakes with 395 mm discs and six-piston fixed calipers in front and 380 mm discs and floating calipers in the rear. Carbon-ceramic mechanisms with discs of 400 and 380 millimeters in size will be an option.
Under the hood, the BMW M8 will accommodate a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, with a capacity of about 600 horsepower. The engine received a modernized intake manifold, a special cooling system capable of withstanding thermal loads during races on the track, and exhaust with controlled dampers. The box is an eight-band “automatic” M Steptronic. Dynamic characteristics of the model have not yet been reported, but according to the head of the development department of BMW Dirk Hacker, the M-eighth will be much faster than the M850i xDrive – it spends 3.7 seconds to disperse to 100 km/h.
The first to enter the market is the M8 coupe. It will happen in 2019. A convertible and four-door M8 GranCoupe will follow.