Shortly after BMW unveiled its 8-Series concept at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Italy earlier this year, we brought you photos of the wilder M8 in prototype form at the M Festival held at the Nürburgring. The Munich carmaker had confirmed that an M8 racecar will take part in 2018 seasons of the United SportsCar Championship and World Endurance Championship, including 24 Hours of Daytona and 24 Hours of Le Mans. Development of the production car also seems to have been fast-tracked, with an M8 seen doing the rounds at the ‘Ring last week.
But this week, our spy photographer has managed to click photos of the convertible version of the two-door from Garching. While heavy camouflage has been used all around, the photos still give you a fair idea of how the drop-top M8 will look. The headlights are exposed and are similar to the ones seen in the M8 Coupe and the 8 Series. Below these are massive air intakes, which we expect to be even more aggressive and prominent in the final production-ready design.
Power is expected to come from the same 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 that will be under the bonnet of the new M5. Mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, the V8 is likely to churn out at least 600 horses sent to all four corners. But like the upcoming M5, the system will let drivers toggle between different four-wheel drive modes as well as a rear-wheel drive mode.
Underpinned by a modular platform that blends aluminium, high-strength steel and magnesium the M8 Convertible is also expected to be relatively agile and dynamic.