BMW M8 concept coming to Geneva?

BMW M8 concept coming to Geneva?

by Ronan Glon

Don't wait for a supercar; the M8 will be BMW's flagship.

BMW has big plans for this year's edition of the Geneva Auto Show, according to two different media outlets. The company will introduce a close-to-production concept built to preview the first-ever M8.

The BMW M8 concept will be a hotter version of the 8 Series concept introduced last year. Enthusiast website BMW Blog reports the model will be "different in style" than the last design study, though it will remain part of the 8 Series family. In other words: don't expect to see a supercar.

British magazine Autocar adds the M8 will receive an evolution of the twin-turbocharged, 4.4-liter V8 engine found under the hood of the newest M5. It will make 600 horsepower, and it will receive the same all-wheel drive system as its four-door sibling.

The M8 already made its debut as a GTE-spec car during the 24 Hours of Daytona. Fans will get to see it again in a few months on the starting grid of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

"We certainly want to make a statement with this car. It will sit at the very top of our model range and, for now, we have no confirmed plans for any series production model above it, so we understand it must have a specification suiting its position in our hierarchy," BMW M boss Frank van Meel told Autocar.

BMW hasn't revealed what it will show in Geneva. If the report is accurate, we'll find out more details about the M8 concept in the coming months. Look for the production model to arrive shortly after the 8 Series makes it debut later this year.

What's in a name?

The 8 Series nameplate isn't new; BMW used it on a range-topping coupe between 1989 and 1991. The company considered a top-spec M8 model, and it even built a prototype, but executives canned the project due to a perceived lack of demand.