German marque reveals new details of upcoming performance flagship, ahead of market launch sometime next year.

BMW has released new details of the upcoming M8, along with a set of new images of the twin-turbo performance coupe tearing up a race track as it nears production.

The company has confirmed the M8 will make "north of 440kW" from its force-fed V8 engine – expect somewhere in the vicinity of the 460kW/750Nm outputs of the M5 Competition's 4.4-litre unit –  along with M-specific running gear to make the big coupe handle with "prowess, agility and precision".

All that grunt will be sent to the tarmac through an active rear differential and BMW's M xDrive performance all-wheel drive system, which features a rear bias and the ability to operate in two-wheel drive mode for tyre-shredding action.

Complementing the beefy performance will be an active exhaust system ensuring a soundtrack to match the M8's muscle.

Fuel consumption is rated at 10.7-10.8L/100km on the combined WLTP cycle depending on the wheel and tyre package chosen. Depending on market, the M8 will come as standard with 19-inch wheels, with larger 20-inch units available as an option.

Other available features include M carbon-ceramic brakes, which are claimed to provide enhanced stopping power and reduced brake fade compared to the standard compound units.

Finally, BMW has confirmed there are two additional variants of the M8 under development – the M8 Convertible and four-door M8 Gran Coupe.

Expect the other body styles to follow some months after the coupe's launch, though it follows the previous M6's approach in offering all three body styles in M form.

The BMW M8 is scheduled to be launched in global markets "during the course of 2019", stay tuned to CarAdvice for all the latest.

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