According to the German magazine Autozeitung, BMW is in the planning stage of a new, supersports, flagship model that could carry the M8 badge, and more importantly, that the plug-in hybrid motor from the concept will be ditched in favor of something sweeter.
The new Bavarian creation will have a E60 M5’s 5.0-liter V10 propeller developing 507 horsepower and will be assisted by two electric engines, one for the front axle and one for the back axle. The electric engine positioned on the front axle of the model will be able to produce between 80 and 115 horsepower, while the engine positioned on the rear axle of the German model will develop 50 horsepower. BMW M8 can sprint from 0-100 k /h in about 3.8 seconds and the maximum speed is exceeding 300 km/h.
Compared to the Vision concept, the upcoming car will be five inches longer, 1.24 meters high, 1.90 meters wide. An all-new aluminum chassis, carbon fiber bodywork, fine Kevlar bucket seats, and several magnesium and plastic parts will be developed to ensure that the M8 will weigh just under 1500 kilograms.
If the project remains on track, expect to see BMW M8 hybrid supercar debut at some point in 2012.