AWD plus V8 should make it one hell of a beast.

The rumour mill for a future flagship BMW M8 model is kicking into a higher gear with a new report coming from our friends at BMW Blog. According to “several sources,” the Bavarian brand will launch a whole family of M8 models, which will be based on the future next generation 6 Series or the possible new 8 Series.

At this point, we are not entirely sure whether there will be 8 Series at all, given BMW’s intentions to move the next-gen 5 Series GT into the 6 Series lineup. Moving the 6 Series Coupe and Convertible into a new 8 Series range won’t make much sense, since that would leave the Gran Turismo being the only member of the 6 Series family.

Whatever the new flagship range for the company will be called, it will reportedly feature three performance M versions. The first to arrive will be a coupe, dubbed the M8 Coupe, which will be launched in 2019. A year later it will be joined by the M8 Convertible and M8 Gran Coupe.

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Naturally, these M-tuned vehicles will be powered by the latest version of the company’s 4.4-litre V8 biturbo engine. Just like in the next M5, it is expected to deliver more than 600 horsepower, which can be delivered to all four wheels.

Given the all-wheel drive possibility, BMW Blog says, the M8 family could receive a ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic gearbox, rather than the dual-clutch auto of the current M models. The reason is that the DCT unit is not set up for an AWD layout and probably won’t be able to handle the massive amount of torque.

Next-gen BMW 6 Series Convertible spy photo
Next-gen BMW 6 Series Convertible spy photo
Next-gen BMW 6 Series Convertible spy photo

Our photographers have already provided spy shots of sporty coupe prototypes, which could be part of either the next generation 6 Series family or the new 8 Series. We will have to wait at least a couple of months to know more, as the first production model from the range is expected to arrive by the end of the year.

Note: BMW M1 Hommage concept pictured.

Source: BMW Blog

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