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      08-25-2020, 10:17 AM   #23
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An M8 CS would likely just have a bigger wing instead of the usual gurney and special wheels:



So if this happens to be an M8, it is more likely an early CSL prototype, with the rear seating deletion and rollcage addition allowing for this cool visual trick on the rear windows. Though paradoxically it still lacks a large rear wing and perhaps a few other aero bits and pieces that would be expected from a CSL.

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It could be the next 6 series
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This could be intresting. I never though i'd sat that about BMW again.
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An M8 CS would likely just have a bigger wing instead of the usual gurney and special wheels:

[IMG]https://pictures.topspeed.com/IMG/jp...g-with--12.jpg[/IMG]

So if this happens to be an M8, it is more likely an early CSL prototype, with the rear seating deletion and rollcage addition allowing for this cool visual trick on the rear windows. Though paradoxically it still lacks a large rear wing and perhaps a few other aero bits and pieces that would be expected from a CSL.
You're on the right track. It's not an engine back there.
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My guess: twin-turbo V8 with Hybrid add-on.

Most likely a powertrain mule for consideration in the next-gen M5.
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What if it is something to battle the C8 vette? Slot it above the M4 but below a 8 series? Maybe price it like an 8 series? So like a i8 replacement
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You're on the right track. It's not an engine back there.
Is it a transmission?
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If they are making a mid-engined car the last chassis they should be using is an 8 series... they're going to have to rein in that big (long) nose first. The car is far too big for a mid-engine setup (and considering the nose isn't housing an engine, it serves no purpose). If this is a prototype, I sure hope they plan on reworking the chassis because using an 8 series would just be lazy and counter productive. Gives hope to M enthusiasts though. Excited to see if this develops further.
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Looks like a M8 Coupe
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What if it is something to battle the C8 vette? Slot it above the M4 but below a 8 series? Maybe price it like an 8 series? So like a i8 replacement
Maybe. I think the fact that it doesn't have a "hybrid test vehicle" badge does lead me to believe that this isn't an i8 successor or M Next production vehicle. It definitely could be the M8 CSL since that would have no back seats but then the changes to the cooling system and front end do make me question that. Guess we'll have to wait and see.
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You're on the right track. It's not an engine back there.
Is it a transmission?
I'm not uncertain its a transaxle in the back and a P58 up front.
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I'm not uncertain its a transaxle in the back and a P58 up front.
Like the M4 GT3? Interesting that they would use an 8 series for this, makes me wonder which model this would be testing
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I'm not uncertain its a transaxle in the back and a P58 up front.
Like the M4 GT3? Interesting that they would use an 8 series for this, makes me wonder which model this would be testing
You asked a question privately I never responded to. Consider it now answered.
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You asked a question privately I never responded to. Consider it now answered.
I guess that makes the potential nameplate and engine choice even more intriguing. Any idea when we will see this in production?

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I guess that makes the potential nameplate and engine choice even more intriguing. Any idea when we will see this in production?
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So it would be at the LCI SOP of one of the aforementioned models I mentioned earlier?
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So it would be at the LCI SOP of one of the aforementioned models I mentioned earlier?
Der Fledermaus wasn't mentioned
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Der Fledermaus wasn't mentioned
If production cycles start in either March, July, or November in European factories, (per ynguldyn's comment about AWD G80/2 yesterday) that means it will be produced outside of Europe correct?
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If production cycles start in either March, July, or November in European factories, (per ynguldyn's comment about AWD G80/2 yesterday) that means it will be produced outside of Europe correct?
Hint #5:

It isn't a volume production vehicle.
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Hint #5:

It isn't a volume production vehicle.
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It could be the next 6 series
Strong 6/8 vibes for sure
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