It looks like BMW is set to bring back the beloved 8-series, along with a range topping M model.
British publication, Autocar, is citing BMW insiders who say the new M8 will offer more than 600-hp in its quest to challenge rivals from Bentley, Mercedes and Aston Martin.
A new 4-liter, twin-turbo V8 is expected to provide the sound track and motive the rear-wheels, or optionally all four. In AWD guise it’s thought the new Bimmer could clip 60 mph in just north of 3 seconds.
The new coupe will be based on BMW’s new CLAR platform, which is a modular architecture already in use on the 7-series, and slotted for use in the next-generation of BMW models, from 5-series down.
With the 8-series BMW will aim for the most rigidity and lightest kerb weight in class, courtesy of a chassis made from a mix of aluminium, magnesium, high-strength-steel and carbon fiber.
Expect to see the 8-series by early 2018, with the M8 to follow sometime in 2019.