With all the recent talk around a future supercar coming from Munich, the folks over at TopSpeed worked on a rendering that illustrates their vision of a BMW M8. Based on the M1 Hommage Concept unveiled at the 2008 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, the 2016 BMW M8 rendering also uses design cues from the upcoming i8 sporty hybrid.
The rumormill churns that a 600 horsepower supercar is being called internally M8 and is slated to launch to market on BMW’s 100th birthday in 2016. CAR magazine says that the M division boss Friedrich Nitschke has proposed that the M8 shares the exotic carbon fiber and aluminum underpinnings of the i8 plug-in hybrid due in 2014.
Under the hood, BMW wants to stay true to its turbocharged development and a V8 twin-turbo engine developing 600 horsepower might be used. The assumption is that a 0 to 62 mph time will stop the clock at 3.0 seconds while the top speed will be at 200 mph.
It is expected that the M8 would be considerably lighter than rivals like the 1485kg Ferrari 458 and 1560kg Audi R8, an ambitious goal in our opinion.