Spied! BMW M8 Convertible Caught Testing at the Nurburgring
Our spy photographers have caught the upcoming BMW M8 Convertible once again, this time undergoing performance testing at the Nürburgring Nordschleife. That high-performance variant of the 8 Series will be available in multiple body styles, including as a coupe, convertible, and a just-announced four-door Gran Coupe.
Like other BMW vehicles wearing the M badge, this particular M8 prototype features larger lower front air intakes that should make it look more aggressive. Out back, there’s the requisite quad exhaust pipes found on all M vehicles. This prototype appears to be equipped with carbon ceramic brakes, as hinted by the gold calipers peeking behind the massive alloy wheels.
Even with the camouflage, it’s clear that the 8 Series Concept’s design has stayed mostly intact, featuring clean lines and thin headlight clusters that are slightly swept back. Unlike the smaller M4 Convertible, the M8 Convertible will have a power retractable soft top instead of a more complicated folding hardtop that takes a good chunk of cargo space.
The upcoming BMW M8 will likely come with the same 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 from the M5 where it’s rated at 600 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque. An eight-speed automatic transmission will likely be the only gearbox available. The M5’s all-wheel drive system, which is capable of sending all of its power to the rear wheels, could come standard as well.