BMW prepares to unveil the M8 concept at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show. It seems this M8 will be different to the coupe that's already been previewed recently, which suggests it could be a convertible. After months of spy shots and concept cars, BMW released its first proper teasers of the all-new 8-series coupe.
The new 8-series models will use the familiar BMW group large-car architecture. It’ll be a couple of inches shorter and as much as 200 pounds lighter than the current 6-series. The body and chassis will be composed primarily of a mix of steel and aluminum, with a few select pieces cast in magnesium. There will be an 840i with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six and an 850i powered by a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8. 19 inch wheels will be standard, with 20a optional.
The new car in camouflage
Six-cylinder cars will probably start below $100,000. Speaking about the new models, the M division's president Frank van Meel said, “The conception and development of the standard BMW 8 Series and the M model run in parallel. The future BMW M8 will build on the genes of the 8 Series and augment its DNA with added track ability and generous extra portions of dynamic sharpness, precision and agility. It all flows into a driving experience that bears the familiar BMW M hallmarks and satisfies our customers' most exacting requirements.” It's expected the 8 Series will be in dealerships and on the road in November of this year, with the performance M version following sometime in 2019.