The upcoming 2019 BMW M8 will weigh two tonnes, but the Bavarians are looking to offset all that bulk with enough horsepower and torque to compete with some serious exotica
Look at the size of that driver’s tiny little head down there… It’s not that he’s a dwarf – it’s that the upcoming new 2019 BMW M8 is a two-tonne behemoth that’s two, three hundred kilos heavier than its E31 predecessor from the 1990s, as well as a fair bit longer, wider, and taller.
Some call it progress though, especially considering the 2019 BMW M8 will soon start production with more than twice the power of the original 850Ci. In fact the Bavarians claim north of 600 horsepower, as the car enters its final phase of performance development in the warmer climate of Portugal’s Estoril race track.
Additionally BMW’s M department engineers say they paid a great deal of attention to lowering the centre of gravity and ensuring the weight balance is optimal at 50:50, as well as widening the wheel track front and rear and beefing up the chassis and suspension to cope with the added power. For comparison, the next model down in the new 8 Series line-up, the M850i xDrive, produces 530bhp and 750Nm of torque from its twin-turbocharged V8, so the M boys have had to raise the revs and employ intake and exhaust tricks to get the power hike in the M8.
Naturally like other monstrous M cars the new M8 will come exclusively with an automatic transmission driving all four wheels, however there will be a rear-drive mode and a rear-wheel bias under normal driving conditions anyway, so you can go ahead and abuse those roundabouts in exchange for some downtime in the police impound lot.
Seeing as the M850i xDrive costs well over half-a-million dirhams loaded with equipment in GCC-spec in our region, you can expect the range-topping M8 to get closer to Porsche 911 Turbo prices, so between AED600,000 and AED700,000 is a safe bet once the car is released for sale next year.