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BMW likely to develop Stand-Alone M models

Written by Nizam Shaikh

According to a media report, the BMW M series cars won’t just be another souped-up version of the standard car, but it is being speculated that, like Mercedes-AMG, BMW will also develop bespoke M model cars. The M badged cars have always been a benchmark in the performance-oriented segment and the company could create a hypercar with similar performance to the Mercedes-AMG One.

BMW has recently revealed the M8 coupe and M8 convertible based on the BMW 8-Series and the cars share the engine from the BMW M5. The chassis of the M8 model has been developed by testing at the BMW’s test track in Miramas in southern France, the winter testing centre in Arjeplog, Sweden and the Nürburgring’s Nordschleife circuit, along with other race circuits giving the performance model an edge. The exterior dimension of the M8 Coupe measure in at 4,867mm in length, 1,907mm in width and 1,362mm in height.

The M8 is powered by a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V-8-cylinder engine that produces 600 Hp of power @ 6000 RPM and 750 Nm of torque 1800 to 5600 RPM. The competition model develops 25 Hp more than the standard engine and the M8 Coupe model can sprint from 0-100 kmph in 3.2 seconds thanks to the stiffer engine mounts and the M8 convertible can do the same in 3.3 seconds. The car is electronically limited to a top speed of 250 kmph and with an optional Driver’s package, this can be increased to 306 kmph.

If this is true, the stand-alone ‘M’ department will be able to produce competitors in the hypercar category which can rival the likes of the McLaren P1, Ferrari LaFerrari and Porsche 918 Spyder.Wishful thinking for now, but hopefully, these high performance cars will also make it to the Indian market as halo products for the brand, sales aside.