The 600hp BMW M8 is on schedule for a 2016 market launch, according to CAR magazine.
Friedrich Nitschke, the M division chief says that the M8 could share the carbon fiber and aluminum underpinnings of the i8 plug-in hybrid supercar.
The difference will be that the M8 will have a twin-turbocharged V8 engine, producing around 600bhp, instead of the 1.5-litre three-cylinder. With this feature, the M8 would slash the 0-62mph sprint time to around 3.0 sec.
Also, the care will probably be lighter than mid-engined V8 rivals like the 1485kg Ferrari 458 and 1560kg Audi R8.
Now, Nitschke’s strategy has to be approved by the BMW chairman Norbert Reithofer, not a natural sports car aficionado, whose dream sports car is i8 – not M8.