Mercedes may have a new AMG GT challenger in the BMW M8, which may be powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8.
Speaking with German automotive publication AutoBild
, BMW Chief of R&D, Klaus Fröhlich revealed that the M8 would be prioritizing sport car drive dynamics and in doing so, they have decided to forgo migrating the 6.6-liter V12 from the M760i. Instead, a lighter 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine will be used and its output is expected to exceeed 600 horsepower.
With both the Porsche 911 and AMG GT in its sights, “the 8 will be a real driving machine and comes from the track to the road," promises Fröhlich.
Looking at numbers alone, the BMW M8 seems to be winning when compared to the AMG GT S’ handcrafted AMG 4.0L V8 engine with its 503 ponies and 479 lb-ft of torque. But the M8’s proportions and interior features makes it seem more like a grand tourer instead of an AMG GT or Porsche 911 fighter.
Then there’s the hefty price tag of €180,000 ($201,534), substantially more than the AMG GT S which starts at a reasonable $131,200. We’ll just have to wait and see how the M8 will fare once it goes on sale, though no specific date has been provided yet.