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.”
“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).