BMW Is Apparently Working On An M8 Competition For 2019

BMW is allegedly developing a Competition version of the upcoming M8, which will probably launch sometime in 2019.

Users over on Bimmer Post recently stumbled upon an official BMW document that shows the badges set to be used by various 8-Series models. These include the 840i, 840d, M850i, M8 and, most surprisingly, the M8 Competition.

Earlier this week, BMW previewed a selection of its future models to VIP customers in Paris. An attendee at this event tells BMW Blog that the German automaker confirmed an M8 Competition is indeed in the works and set for a launch next year.

Like other BMW M Competition models, the M8 Competition will feature a number of changes that will distinguish it from the “regular” M8. For example, it will adopt some bespoke exterior parts, including a host of new carbon fiber accents, while carbon ceramic brakes are expected to come as standard alongside yellow calipers.

Like the regular BMW M8, the M8 Competition will feature a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8. This engine is currently used by the M5 Competition and pumps out 617 hp, while torque sits untouched from the M5 at 553 lb-ft (750 Nm). We expect to see identical figures for the M8 Competition.

If previous Competition models tell us anything, it’s that BMW’s engineers won’t simply stop at a more powerful engine. In fact, a host of adjustments will be made to the vehicle’s rear-biased all-wheel drive system, eight-speed automatic transmission and Active M Differential. New chassis and suspension components will also be fitted to make the car slightly stiffer and improve its handling.

While the M2 Competition replaced the regular M2, the M8 Competition will be sold alongside the standard M8.

Note: BMW M850i pictured.

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  • Rocket

    I try not to see Mustang in the 8, but it can’t be avoided. The Mustang has a nicer ass though. The BMW’s backside is just too busy.

  • Mr. EP9

    Whatever happened to just the M models being the top of the lineup? Are they not good enough anymore for BMW?

    • ksegg

      Audi and MB happened, that’s what.

      Audi always had their S and RS specs. Which wasn’t THAT big of a deal since we didn’t even get that many of their RS stuff to begin with.

      But in recent years, MB wanted to copy this and apply it to AMG (which was always just historically 32, 55, 63) by diluting it down by adding 45 and 43. Of which is confusing seeing how they also added R, which was meant to replace the old Black Series. (Of which they might bring back the Black Series as well.) To add to all this confusion they went one bit further and started going insane and diluting some more by adding 35.

      To keep up with all of MB’s insanity and explosive success via brand dissolution, BMW decided to follow suit.

      So if you track who’s responsible for all this BS….blame MB. Even though Audi started this whole thing, MB decided to take that formula and go batshit crazy with it.

      • Cobrajet

        In short, they are following the ‘competition’.

      • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

        Where have you been? It is nothing new.

        • ksegg

          Not sure where you’re talking about. The proliferation of “special” models being offered is now being bastardized across the board.

          • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

            Is it? Or is there more demand for it now, more than ever?

    • Cobrajet

      It’s the same with the AMG S model from Mercedes. I think they doing it for the sake giving extra exclusivity.

      • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

        BMW was doing it before then!

    • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

      The BMW E46 M3 was also offered as a CS, CS Competition Package and as a CSL. It is nothing new.

      • ksegg

        Those were extremely special models built in extremely small numbers.

        How many E46 M3 CS and CSL do you see around in the wild?

        My point is that they’re doing this on a larger scale, which diminishes the rarity and specialness of limited run models.

        • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

          I know and see two E46 M4 CSLs rather frequently.

          • ksegg

            You seeing it frequently does not make it any more rare than it is.

          • ➡️ProtectOurHeritage⬅️

            Now corrected, but nevertheless the demand for such cars are growing, so it’s hardly surprising BMW will want to profit from that? Do you think they shouldn’t?

  • donald seymour

    I have seen this car in the flesh and it does have a lot of of road presence; however, it doesn’t compare to the concept which I felt for the most part was doable in terms of production spec.

  • izzey04

    wow…badass looking M8 in that color…

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