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A New BMW M8 Is Coming

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A New BMW M8 Is Coming

BMW is finally going to be resurrecting the M8 nameplate, according to a new report from BMW Blog. This is coming about as the 8 Series is roaring onto the scene, apparently completely displacing the 6 Series and the M6.

Not content to make one version of the M8, BMW Blog says the automaker will churn out three versions of the M8. One will be a coupe, one a convertible, and one a Gran Coupe.

Don’t expect some monster V-12 engine like in the sole original M8, even thought that would be great. BMW is rumored to be hopping up the 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 from the current M5. Supposedly, it will whip out around 600 horsepower and about 500-plus lb.-ft. of torque.

BMW Blog claims the M8 won’t have a DCT. Before you get all excited, it’s also saying a manual transmission isn’t in the cards. Instead, the vehicle will pack an 8-speed automatic from ZF. Hey, at least it’s not a CVT. Apparently, this move is necessary since BMW will be using xDrive on the M8, plus a DCT would wither under the massive torque output. This is a big deal, because in the past BMW scoffed at the idea of using all-wheel drive on M cars, save the X5 M and X6 M. It seems attitudes inside the company are changing.

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Steven has been writing about cars and other transportation issues worldwide for over ten years. His love for cars started long before he can remember, with Corvettes and 911s being his first car-crushes. Since then, he has owned many types of vehicles and has come to appreciate a wide variety of models, the diverse car culture groups, and the automotive industry in general.

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