With rumors swirling that German premium carmaker BMW is working hard to reincarnate the 8 Series -- its biggest two-door ever made – it can’t be helped that another resurrection related to the 8 Series is now being speculated.
We are referring to the long-dead M8 which BMW never really produced and which was only seen as a single prototype. BMW originally intended the BMW M8 to be a rival for Ferrari’s sports cars. To that end, BMW developed a special version of the S70 engine – which is in turn a bored out version of the M70 powerplant -- and made it so that it could generate at most 550 hp (410 kW or 558 PS).
Incidentally, the M8 was born in 1990, although in pre-production form. But since BMW realized that a market doesn’t exist for the M8, it decided to drop the project indefinitely. By the time the M8 project was thrown to the trash bin, BMW has only created one prototype, which according to reports, wasn’t even safe enough to be driven on the roads. It doesn’t even have headlights! This M8 prototype was eventually locked away in BMW’s so-called poison storage (Giftschrank).
The M8 had become both a myth and a legend in the automotive world as BMW had denied that such model existed or that its development ever happened. BMW finally revealed the M8 (the prototype) to the media at the BMW Museum in Munich in 2010, and to the public at the 'The Legends of the Autobahn' show in California in 2012. Since BMW already discontinued the 8 Series in 1999, there was no reason by then to believe that the M8 would be resurrected as a proper and refined production road car. Interestingly, there was the BMW 850CSi, which was essentially a much detuned version of the real M8.
BMW is reportedly now trying to resurrect the 8 Series -- which could arrive as early as 2018 as underpinned by the 7 Series platform. The BMW 6 Series has been too weak as a real rival against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. Anything that BMW is throwing against the S-Class Coupe hasn’t been enough to steal sales from Mercedes. So, the 8 Series needs to be revived.
The rumored revival of the 8 Series naturally gave way to speculations of the resurrection of the M8. The original 8 Series was born in 1989, and a year after, the M8 was created. If current reports are true, the new 8 Series would be launched in 2018, to be followed by the new M8 in 2019.
According to BMW Blog, citing sources privy to BMW, BMW is reviving the M8 in 2019 as the M8 Coupe (F92). And there is more. There won’t be one M8 in the making but three, as per BMW Blog! The M8 Coupe will be followed by the M8 Convertible (F91) and the M8 Gran Coupe(F93) in 2020.