Rumors with a hardcore variant of the 8-Series are not new, and recent spy photos, presenting a test mule with the M8 on the Ring, might be a clear indication that the model is getting closer to its final unveiling.
The hardcore model has been also previewed in first renderings, and the test mule seen here while running tests on the Ring looks rather similar, coming with plenty of camouflage around the body which hides important parts, like massive and aggressive air inlets up front, or massive alloy wheels.
At the rear end, this prototype seems to lack the expected quad exhaust system, but it might just be part of the camouflaged area. Or, it might be a clear indication that we are just looking here at the future 8-Series with some M Performance goodies.
Just like the new models within BMW`s lineup – 5- or the 7-Series, along with the 8-Series as well – the upcoming BMW M8 is also reported to stand on the CLAR platform, which brings along much more lightweight materials, making it extremely fast, agile and increasing the space inside.
As for the powertrain under the hood, chances are that we might find the same twin-turbo V8 found on the new M5, with more than 600 horsepower, being sent to the rear wheels. The hardcore variant will also come with a high-performance all-wheel drive system.
Besides the all-new M8, BMW will also release other new models, like the new 8-Series, which is considered the successor of the 6-Series. The latter one will also lead the way for the all-new 5-Series GT, also recently seen and previewed.