What Is BMW Testing With This M8 Prototype At The Nurburgring?

An intriguing BMW M8 sporting a towering rear wing has been spied testing on the Nurburgring, triggering speculation that an even more extreme version could on the cards.

As it stands, the M8 family is topped out by the Competition in both Coupe and Convertible guise. The following prototype is based on the M8 Coupe Competition and looks identical to the road car currently on display at the Frankfurt Motor Show from every angle bar one: that wing that’s impossible to miss.

One plausible explanation is that BMW is working on a model to sit above the Competition; another, that this wing is simply going to be available in the M Performance list of options. If this is the case, then it is inevitable that BMW is also developing a series of other aerodynamic parts as well.

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As it stands, available M8 variants are already pretty capable. Driving all four variants so far is a twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V8 with 592 HP and 553 lb-ft (750 Nm) of torque in standard spec and 617 HP in the Competition. An advanced xDrive all-wheel drive system that offers 4WD, 4WD Sport and 2WD is standard, as is an eight-speed Steptronic transmission.

The M8 Competition comes complete with a small rear lip spoiler made from lightweight carbon fiber, but the fixed-wing of this prototype is certainly more eye-catching – not to mention downforce-inducing.

If it is indeed introduced as a performance part, don’t expect it to be cheap. Prices for the M8 Coupe start at $133,000 in the U.S. and rise to $142,500 for the M8 Convertible. The Competition is priced from $146,000 for the Coupe and $155,500 for the Convertible, so it’s an already expensive piece of kit and, thus, its performance-enhancing options should be on the same level.

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  • Bo Hanan

    It’s sad when you wonder if “they” can get the weight under 4000 lbs. to help make a sports coupe sportier.

    2020 BMW M8
    MSRP: From $133,000
    Horsepower: 600 to 617 hp
    Curb weight: 4,295 to 4,560 lbs

    • Octane

      This is pretty much a GT car, not so much a sports coupe.
      What really is to see, is if Lexus truly is readying an LC-F to go up against the M8/M8 Competition, and now if this is a higher spec model, will they respond to this as well?

  • Infinite1

    Maybe it’s the GTS or Competition package for the M8

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