Spy shots have emerged of the upcoming BMW M8 Convertible undergoing testing. The model, which is slated to launch in 2020, was spotted for the first time in India.
The spy shots reveal a few details that confirm it as the M8 Convertible and not the standard 8 Series Convertible. The test mule features a glossy black front grille, a sportier front bumper and quad-exhaust pipes, all of which are exclusive to the M8 models.
Powering the M8 Convertible is a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 600hp and 750Nm of torque. In the Competition, the engine puts out a higher 625hp and identical torque. Both models come with an 8-speed torque converter automatic as standard; 0-100kph takes 3.3sec in the Competition, which is 0.1sec faster than the standard M8 Convertible.
As the government now allows the import and sale of 2,500 vehicles a year without them having to be homologated in India, the model will be brought here as a CBU or a Completely Built Up unit.
The carmaker recently launched the all-new X7 SUV and the 7 Series facelift, priced from Rs 98.90 lakh and Rs 1.22 crore (ex-showroom, India), respectively. This will be followed by the launch of the new-generation 3 Series sedan on August 21. With no direct competitor, the M8 Convertible’s closest rival in India will be the Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe.
SOURCE: BMW India Owners Group