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.