Rumors have circulated for several years now about a BMW supercar in the works, with no definite launch date and no real word from BMW on what to expect from such a vehicle. But a recent report from Car Magazine indicates that the M8, previously called the M1, has indeed been on the mind of Friedrich Nitschke, the head of BMW’s M division, and looks to be slated for release in 2016, in honor of the automaker’s 100th anniversary.
According to what we’ve heard so far, the M8 will feature a twin-turbo V8 engine that will deliver a blistering 600 hp and a top speed of 200 mph. The platform is reportedly based on the 2014 BMW i8 plug-in hybrid, with a similar aluminum and carbon fiber frame and body, making the M8 significantly lighter than its expected competitors, the Audi R8 and the Ferrari 458.
Although nothing has been officially announced, the debut of the M8 Supercar would mark a first for BMW. There was a 1999 M8 concept vehicle featuring a 580 hp V12 engine, but it was set aside, and in the meantime speculation about the M8 project being revived has continued to be a source of rumors right up to the present day.
To get the latest news about the rumored M8 supercar, those interested are encouraged to visit the friendly and knowledgeable folks at Motor Werks BMW. Their dealership is located 45 minutes from Chicago via I-90 W, at 1475 South Barrington Rd in Barrington, IL. For hours and directions (http://www.motorwerksbmwbarrington.com/