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Mercedes AMG GT May Have A New Rival In The BMW M8



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.
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That price difference alone puts a huge damper on things. But it may not just be over yet. 600hp but we have to see how much it weighs, among a bunch of other variables to make a judgement on paper. Then we have to see how it really performs and what lap times look like.

At the end of the day though, the AMG GT S looks so much better in my opinion so I'm not even worried or thinking about this.
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BMW is taking this into racing with GT3 versions so things will get serious. Much to the same extend that MB got the AMG GT into racing. Most exciting should be when they bring out an M8 GTS for us just like what they did to the M4. Taking notes from Porsche helps
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I do admit the exterior styling, especially the hood lines, are appealing but at $201,534 each for the M8, I'd rather go with the AMG GT S and use what's left to personalize it.
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I do admit the exterior styling, especially the hood lines, are appealing but at $201,534 each for the M8, I'd rather go with the AMG GT S and use what's left to personalize it.
If performance and features are impressive enough then it could be worth all that they're asking for and to be honest BMW doesn't have a reputation for delivering poor high performance cars. So this will be on to pay attention to.
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The front look is UGLY they tried to clone the GTR front grills thats the only negative I see.
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I think that's just a result of them living up to the norm in the industry right now since that sort of design is used by a lot of car makers.

Just look around and you will see most of them doing something similar.
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