BMW Says The M8 Means There’s No Need For Dedicated Supercar

Enthusiasts have been calling for a fully-fledged BMW M supercar for many, many years, particularly since both Mercedes-AMG and Audi Sport have vehicles competing in this niche – namely the AMG GT and R8, respectively.

However, such a thing, that would effectively be a spiritual successor to the iconic M1, is not on Munich’s agenda.

While speaking with journalists in Australia recently, BMW M Division boss Markus Flasch said that the role of a supercar has effectively been filled by the long-awaited M8 that was just launched.

According to Flasch, the M8 “is the ultimate performance machine that we offer; it will be the fastest ever BMW at the Nürburgring Nordschleife,” adding that BMW test drivers have called the vehicle “a Porsche Turbo killer.”

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“The center of gravity is 24mm lower than in the M5, you sit lower and we’ve done a lot to the connection of the chassis to the body. It makes the front much stiffer and the steering feels different; all our test drivers were surprised by the different character,” Flasch told Which Car.

BMW presented the M8 in Coupe, Convertible, and Competition guise last week. All models feature a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 engine which pumps out 592 hp and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque in standard tune and 617 hp in Competition.

While we don’t yet know how the M8 handles, we do know that it is supercar-quick off the line, with the Coupe Competition needing just 3.2 seconds to accelerate from a standstill to 62 mph (100 km/h).

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  • StrangerGP

    Yes there it, it’s still a grand tourer despite all the efforts to made it sportier than the normal 8 series.

    • Elmediterraneo

      BMW is only afraid to go against the Porsche 911 and the Mercedes AMG GT with a proper sports car

      • PK

        which i’m not surprised.

  • Bart

    They should just make an M-version of i8.

  • Leconte Dave

    Didn’t really need a fully M version . The M850i was enough lol ( test drove it and it is my favorite BMW)

  • nastinupe

    [email protected] Porsche Turbo Killer. That whale… with “only” 617 hp? The Turbo will be 1000 lbs lighter with nearly the same hp… if not more in S form. 0 – 60 should crack 2.6 in the 992. Porsche has nothing to worry about.

  • Vanishing Boy

    Alpina (aka. BMW-Alpina) could have a perfect chance to stand out. By building a modern interpretation of the M1, by using i8’s bones and architecture with a different exterior design, but using a tuned S63B44T4 (aka. M5/M8) V8 engine without the xDrive system & an option for a M/T.

  • Vassilis

    BMW is such a disappointment lately…

  • Stigasawuswrecks

    Super cars are nowhere close as heavy as BMW’s cars. Who would’ve thought Mercedes is more performance oriented than BMW.

    • lagunas3ca

      Nobody thinks Mercedes is more performance-oriented than BMW.

      • Stigasawuswrecks

        Then explain the AMG GT and Project 1.

        • lagunas3ca

          Uh, they exist?

          • PK

            “whoosh”.

        • lagunas3ca
          • Stigasawuswrecks

            So you can drive those cars on the road?

          • lagunas3ca

            So you’re saying it’s BMW’s job to produce a direct rival to every single Mercedes-Benz vehicle? Stick to engineering.

          • Stigasawuswrecks

            No but if you call your cars the ultimate driving machines and rival companies make ones that drive better, you might want to rethink about you machines.

      • GobbleUp

        Lol so uninformed.

  • GobbleUp

    There is a need, just not from BMW. They make bloated, homogenous looking, underperforming vehicles now.

    • alexxx

      Underperforming?! Yes if you are a formula1 driver

    • Ermal Morina

      well not underperfoming I would say, but defintively not very desirable cars, especially if it was a dedicated supercar. Seems like bmw has lost a bit of its prestige on these past recent years

  • PK

    seriously? that’s a losing mentality talk! so bmw is just going to sit back, watch mercedes benz, aston martin and mclaren enjoy gaining profits on the hypercar market? your loss bimmer.

    • lagunas3ca

      Why, because they’re focused on selling street-legal vehicles with the same tech in quantities over 275 for less than $3 million apiece?

      • PK

        quality over quantity.

  • TheAmerican2point0

    They’d probably screw up. They tried hard on the M4 GTS and that turned out to be a joke.

  • Mr. EP9

    They couldn’t make a supercar anyway. As far as supercars go, this company hasn’t been relevant since the M1.

    • lagunas3ca

      *see Rolls-Royce

  • Ben

    I was going to take one for a spin. But. Then. I. Fell. Asleep. Booooring.

  • Puddingpopper

    The Ultimate Boring Machine

  • Honda NSX-R

    Boo.

  • SteersUright

    Make all the excuses you want, BMW, you fool nobody,.

  • botornot387

    I would venture to guess that they actually mean there are not enough resources to dedicate to such a platform in light of the industry shifting to electric and autonomous cars where they will be spending money. My guess is this is actually not ruled out but they are probably moving in the direction of a full EV supercar, probably to replace the i8 at some point. Audi is moving in this direction. This is easier considering a hypercar EV can technically sit on the same platform as a dedicated EV chassis with tuning.

  • Bob

    1. Make a new 6 series
    2. Remove all “6” badges
    3. Replace with “8” badges
    4. Hike the price up a lot
    5. Laugh as you now have an excuse to not make a real sports car

    This is BMW now.

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