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The BMW M8 could have more than 600 horsepower

11 November 2018

BMW is moving full-speed ahead as it expands the 8 Series family.

We knew the BMW M8 was going to be a monster, but now the automaker is lifting the veil on just how potent a coupe we can expect.

It's a healthy uptick from the rest of the 8 Series.

Meanwhile the steering comes from the M5, but has been specifically tuned for the M8.

First up, BMW has confirmed the new M8 will get the same 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine as the M5 (and indeed the M850i) giving "north of 600bhp". It uses the M xDrive all-wheel drive system as well, tuned specifically for this vehicle, and said to offer "top-drawer dynamics with unimpeachable directional stability and unshakeable traction". While purists may hate the idea, it will be rear biased and offer a traditional 2WD mode.

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The upgrades will also find their way to the chassis as the company has confirmed they were able to increase the rigidity of the body structure, chassis components and chassis mounting points.

The auto is now in testing, with BMW taking it out to various race tracks - like the Estoril grand-prix circuit in Portugal, that you can see in these photos - before series production begins.

But now we're learning a little bit more about the M8 production auto and its powertrain.

The 2020 BMW M8 will make its debut in the coming months, and it will go on sale all around the world in 2019.

The auto will be launched in coupe form "in the course of 2019", and will be followed by a drop-top plus a five-door "Gran Coupe" version, BMW says. BMW is yet to release photos of those two, but you can see more of the M8 in testing - alongside the M8 GTE - in the gallery below.

The BMW M8 could have more than 600 horsepower