If the bar wasn't high enough for the M8, the latest remarks from BMW's head of the M division have jacked it up another few inches.
BMW's M Division head Markus Flasch recently told Australian media including
in a teleconference that the M8 'is the ultimate performance machine that we offer; it will be the fastest-ever BMW at the Nürburgring Nordschleife.'
How's that for tempering expectations?
is powered by a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 making 600 horsepower and 555 lb.-ft. of torque in the base model (the same as it does in the M5) and 617 horsepower in the Competition model. That gets the fastest M ever up to 100 km/h in 3.4 seconds, 3.3 seconds in the Competition.
According to Flasch, this will carry the coupe around the Nürburgring in record time, setting a new benchmark for the brand. And, if the test drivers are to be believed, it will compete with the Porsche 911 Turbo on the famed German track; Flasch reports hearing pilots calling the car a 'Porsche Turbo-killer.'
And despite sharing the same power plant, the M8 is not just a coupe version of the M5, says Flasch.
“The center of gravity is 0.95 inches lower than in the M5, you sit lower and we've done a lot to the connection of the chassis to the body,” he told WhichCar
. “It makes the front much stiffer and the steering feels different; all our test drivers were surprised by the different character.”
It was a confident interview, to say the least. Now the only thing left for Flasch and his M team to do is back it up on the track.
The M8 is scheduled to enter production in July.