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      05-09-2013, 06:58 PM   #1
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Smile 2016 BMW M8 supercar speculation by Car and Driver

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I read this with a grain of salt because the M8 rumors are constantly on-again off-again. Plus, they don't cite any sources so this could just be fantasy stats. But keeping my fingers crossed.

This was the last rumor prior to this one, where CAR also said the M8 project plans were firming up
- http://www.f30post.com/forums/showthread.php?t=800282


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What It Is: The BMW M8 is the first supercar from the blue-spinner crew since 1981, when the last of the 453 BMW M1s were sold. The M8 coupe will feature a few retro design cues, but also state-of-the-art gasoline-powertrain technology. The structure and body  will use lightweight materials, such as carbon fiber, aluminum, magnesium, and even titanium, in pursuit of a 2760-pound target weight.

Why It Matters: As BMW downsizes its mainstream models and introduces electric cars, it runs the risk of degrading its sporting image. A car like the M8 would burnish the reputation of BMW Motorsports.

Platform: The new M8 will be built on the platform of the i8, a futuristic carbon-fiber plug-in hybrid that uses some 5-series components.

Powertrain: An upgraded version of the M5's direct-injected 4.4-liter TwinPower Turbo, coupled to an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic. BMW engineers are talking 600 to 650 horsepower.

Competition: Audi R8, Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG, Porsche 911 Turbo.

What Might Go Wrong: BMW boss Norbert Reithofer is not a fan of this car, but the head of BMW M GmbH, Friedrich Nitschke, is. The top boss could cancel the project at the last minute. The reason: The M8 doesn't strictly comply  with BMW's 21st-century technology strategy, which focuses on alternative powertrains and smart connectivity.

Estimated Arrival and Price: Due in BMW's centennial year of 2016, the M8's target price is 250,000 euros, or $330,000 at current exchange rates.

http://www.caranddriver.com/features...17-future-cars
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I really really Dislike Car & Driver, though Road and Track's new format is horrible as well so...

But yeah, I'll give this a .01% chance of being anything near reality in 2016.
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It looks like it got smushed by a compactor.

I am sure it is fast as shit though...
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Kill it now if any of the above is true
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I don't see this happening. If we're talking about a 2016 model year, manufacturing has to be done soon and so far there is nothing being said about it. BMW has stressed that money is a primary concern and I don't see how stance has changed, so I'm in the "not happening" camp.
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That rendering is absolutely ridiculous.
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I have a bad feeling this won't be a fun car in any way, shape, or form. Character wise i think it will just be a really really fast M6 with different styling.
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cross fingers!!!
It would be great if BMW make such a car.
I think that bmw brand is just missin it!!!
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Doubt it. BMW just wants more sales, we will probably see a 1 series GT and 1 series Gran Coupe before any supercars.
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650 hp with a sub 2800 lb curb weight? That would be one fast car.
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Overpriced

I doubt BMW will target $350k it will be a tough sell. At $200k it might do well. Either way lets hope the weight saving tech trickles down to other M cars
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So even the M8 supercar will have "dynamic sound"? How depressing. That engine doesn't belong in a supercar.
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The rendering is terrible, the car looks like its drowsy or something.
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So even the M8 supercar will have "dynamic sound"? How depressing. That engine doesn't belong in a supercar.
What are you talking about? The artificial sound generator has nothing to do with the M5 engine. It also exists in other cars like the M135i so it's independent of the engine.
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M8GT Active Hybrid X-drive luxury line and I'm all over it! BMW is correct in thinking I am a badge whore. The more badges on my cars, the better!
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I don't see this happening. If we're talking about a 2016 model year, manufacturing has to be done soon and so far there is nothing being said about it. BMW has stressed that money is a primary concern and I don't see how stance has changed, so I'm in the "not happening" camp.
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I could see BMW making a halo car for the ///M division in more of a Motorsport sense but business case may overrule

While I don't think it would look anything like above especially because it looks like a sport model and not an M, BMW would and could make something more impressive than this headline grabber

I do hope BMW makes an R8, R4, 918, 991 turbo, black series competitor that is priced right, light and monstrous/prodigious in power and noise

There was mention of producing black series fighters so we could see something really cool come down the pipe. The hybrid and I focus is great in its own right , but the M crowd deserves, better and hope FN could make it happen
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I don't see this happening. If we're talking about a 2016 model year, manufacturing has to be done soon and so far there is nothing being said about it. BMW has stressed that money is a primary concern and I don't see how stance has changed, so I'm in the "not happening" camp.
If the rumors are true and it will be based on the i8 then a bulk of the development process for the carbon fiber chassis and body is likely in advanced state. And from an economic standpoint having a traditional internal combustion engine in a revised body package of the i8 tuned M could help offset development costs of the plugin car.
Also don't forget what the competition is doing: see McClaren P1 "hybrid", new Ferrari flagship hyper car, Merc SLS, Audi R8, etc BMW has to be entertaining it even if it gets shot down before it goes full production.
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If the rumors are true and it will be based on the i8 then a bulk of the development process for the carbon fiber chassis and body is likely in advanced state. And from an economic standpoint having a traditional internal combustion engine in a revised body package of the i8 tuned M could help offset development costs of the plugin car.
Also don't forget what the competition is doing: see McClaren P1 "hybrid", new Ferrari flagship hyper car, Merc SLS, Audi R8, etc BMW has to be entertaining it even if it gets shot down before it goes full production.
Don't remember, but wasn't there an article saying that a M car based on the i8 chassis was scrapped?
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If this is true... Which i doubt it is, I hope it looks better than that render. It also should look good enough to stand next to the r8, which i'll admit is a gorgeous car
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That rendering is absolutely ridiculous.
LOL yes. No imagination. A child could have designed that.
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It looks like it got smushed by a compactor.

I am sure it is fast as shit though...
I am 100% sure this is not how it'll look like, this is just a failed imaginary design to try and grab reader's attention to look at the article..
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