BMW hasn’t officially announced it yet, but it seems an M8 Competition— a sportier version of the M8 — is in the works.
According to BMWBLOG, BMW recently invited some VIP customers to preview several upcoming models at an event in Paris. Cell phone use wasn’t allowed at the event, so we don’t have any pictures, but a reader of BMWBLOG shared some details with the site about what he saw at the event.
The reader told the publication that BMW is planning an M8 competition. Although this isn’t really a surprise to anyone who’s been following BMW, it’s certainly still exciting news.
What Do We Know?
So what do we know about this upcoming model? While we don’t have any official information, here’s what the report from the Paris event and other rumors and speculations tell us.
According to the attendee of the Paris event, the M8 Competition will come standard with carbon ceramic brakes and yellow calipers. It will get a carbon fiber package that lowers the weight of the vehicle slightly and enhances its visuals.
BMW didn’t share what the power output of the M8 Competition will be, but it’s expected that BMW will increase it for the sports model. All of the models in the M family feature a 4.4 liter V8 TwinTurbo engine, so the M8 Competition will likely have it as well. The engine of the M5 Competition has a peak torque of 553 lb-ft, which is the same as that of the standard M5.
BMW may use the same formula for the M8 Competition, although it will likely modify the power band. The competition will likely have the same engine as the regular M8 but be able to deliver a bit more horsepower. According to BMWBLOG, we can expect around 620 horsepower, although it could potentially be more.
Currently, the best 8 series model can hit 60 mph in 3.6 seconds. With the M8 Competition, that time will likely drop by at least a few tenths of a second. The M8 Competition may be able to surpass 155 mph, according to speculations from topspeed.com. According to TopSpeed, it’s also reasonable to think the M8 Competition could reach speeds of 62 mph in less than three seconds due to its lighter weight and increased power.
While we don’t know exactly what to expect, we’ll likely see a number of other changes, perhaps including improvements to the transmission and all-wheel drive system. Based on the changes made to previous Competition models, we might also see new chassis and suspension components that will serve to improve the car’s handling.
A user also recently posted on the Bimmerpost forum what appears to be leaked documents showing the badges for several upcoming BMW models including the M8 Competition.
Anticipation Building for the M8 Competition
Excitement is building for the M8 Competition, and although we don’t have any official details, we have plenty of predictions about what the car will be like.
BMW fans are also excited about the other upcoming 8 Series models. The company has unveiled the M850i xDrive Coupe, teased an M8 Gran Coupe Concept and confirmed rumors of an upcoming M8 Coupe. The new BMW 8 Series, it seems, will soon be joined by a full-blown M8 and an M8 Competition, which is expected to launch in 2019 or 2020.
It’s going to be an exciting few years for BMW fans, especially those that like the sporty M models. The M8 Competition could turn out to the best most impressive M model from BMW yet.