Anytime BMW develops a new model alongside its racing version, you know you’re in for a treat. Such is the case with the 2019 BMW M8, which has been developed in parallel with the M8 GTE racer. The advantage of this parallel development is that the M8 will see many of the design, powertrain, and technological refinements that contribute to the racer’s track capability. This has contributed to the M8’s choice of TwinPower Turbo new V8 engine.
The rear-wheel driven M8 will be able to take advantage of about 600 horsepower. Precision is designed hand-in-hand with the raw power of this new V8 engine. The double-wishbone suspension at the front works exquisitely with the multi-link configuration of the rear.
Many design elements have been re-thought to offer optimum performance. The track width of the front axle is wider, the anti-roll bars are firmer, and the rubber mounts add stiffness that allow better control.
Refinement for Performance
This isn’t just change for change’s sake, though. What works will still be utilized, albeit with some smart tweaks. The M Servotronic steering system of the M5 complements the M8 well, but it’s refined for the 2019 BMW M8’s performance.
There are multiple driving modes: Comfort, Sport, and Sport Plus. These modes adjust electronically controlled dampers that will soften or harden according to your preference. This level of control lets you cut right to the most enjoyable extremes of the BMW M8.
Safety & Aesthetic
Braking power is impressive with 395-mm, vented, drilled discs at the front and six-piston calipers. These are joined by single-piston calipers and 380mm discs in the rear. This can easily be upgraded to M carbon-ceramic discs of 400-mm and 380-mm, respectively.
Beyond this, it’s safe to say the 2019 BMW M8 might be the best looking BMW yet. Its sleek, low profile hugs the road and evokes both the best of classic BMW looks as well as an aggressive, muscled aesthetic. BMW often leans more toward the futuristic in its latest designs, and the M8 offers a balance between tradition and the future that should excite enthusiasts.