BMW’s plans to unleash a new mid-engined supercar. Previously known as M1, the 600bhp supercar is now called M8 internally, and is being lined up as the flagship car to mark BMW’s 100th birthday in 2016.
M division boss Friedrich Nitschke has proposed that the M8 shares the exotic carbonfibre and aluminium underpinnings of the i8 plug-in hybrid due in 2014. The i8 has a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine mounted amidships to drive the rear wheels, supplemented by an electric motor turning the front axle. The combined output is 349 hp and 550 Nm of torque, sufficient to power the i8 from zero to 62mph in 4.6sec.
For the M8, however, the three-cylinder would be replaced by a twin-turbocharged V8, producing around 600bhp. That would slash the 0-62mph sprint time to around 3.0sec, and give the M8 a top speed of 200mph.