Bavarien automakers have ascended the auto industry’s ladder to become some of the most popular and consumer friendly in the whole world.

The Japanese company has long been known for producing fantastic, luxurious, performance-oriented vehicles.
Consumers look onto BMW as reliable, powerful, tunable sports cars. The e30 M3 for instance can be tuned to up to or more than 550hp fairly easily. And if you upgrade the suspension and brakes, you are left with a wicked little track car that can compete with all the Corvettes, Porsche and Ferraries out there!

BMW M8 (E31) prototype

550HP / 6.1L / 0-60 mph in 3.4 seconds / 217mph

Originally envisioned as a Ferrari competitor equipped with a special 550 bhp (410 kW; 558 PS) version of the S70 engine, essentially a bored out version of the M70 with experimental multi-valve cylinder heads. A common misconception is that this engine powered the McLaren F1. However, when this was suggested to McLaren's designer Gordon Murray, the idea was rejected because the engine was too heavy and long for the McLaren F1. Rather, variations on the original S70 used on the 850csi, the S70/2 and S70/3 were used for the McLaren F1 (The variation used on the M8 prototype was the S70/1 engine).

The project was eventually scrapped because BMW decided that there was no market for an M8. The only prototype ever produced (one that was reportedly not even road safe) was locked away by BMW in the company's Giftschrank (poison storage). BMW and the M Division had strongly denied that the car was even a possibility since the initial stages of its development. A world exclusive feature in the February 2010 issue of BMW Car Magazine, however, revealed that the M8 prototype still exists in its entirety. The car was unveiled to journalists for the first time on July 2, 2010 at the BMW Museum in Munich. The only public showing of the car happened on August 17, 2012 during 'The Legends of the Autobahn' car show held in Carmel, California. The car was specially shipped from Germany for the appearance.

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