Following the launch of the 2018 M5, the guys over at Bavarian Motor Works are once again busy developing another M-model in the form of the M8 Convertible. Previously, our spies were able to take photos of the upcoming 8-series fitted with production headlights. This M8 Convertible test vehicle however, did not have the said headlights installed, and appears to be more heavily camouflaged than the standard 8-series spotted earlier.
Like other BMW M-models, the range topper M8 Convertible is expected to feature a more aggressive design compared to its non-M counterparts. Up front, there are large air intake vents hiding behind the camouflage, feeding air to the 4.4-liter twin turbo V8. At the rear, one is met with even more camouflage. The test vehicle seen here still sports the prototype tail lights, but does have the signature quad exhaust system installed, further implicating it being an M-model.
Something peculiar about this particular M8 Convertible is that part of the front fender seems to have been left exposed without any camouflage. Given the black moulding color, it is possible that the M8 will have wider fenders than that of a standard 8-series. This could have been done in order to fit the larger wheels, which hide the massive M brakes.
As mentioned earlier, the M8 both in coupe and convertible guise will likely be powered by a 4.4-liter twin turbo V8 which outputs 600 horsepower. Power will then be sent to all four wheels or only to the rear if in RWD mode, identical to that on the M5. Our spies do mention however that the M8 could have a bump in power in order to situate itself as BMW’s top model.
BMW has yet to announce a release date for both the M8 Coupe and Convertible. On the other hand, expect the race-only M8 GTE to make its debut at the upcoming 2018 Daytona 24 Hours in January 2018.