It's been a while since a fresh V8 engine was introduced by BMW last. The Bavarian brand is mostly renowned for its straight six factories, admittedly, and we have had plenty of them lately. But as far as V8 engines are concerned, the N63/S63 combo seemed to be the last of its kind up. Until recently. The rumor churns out that BMW is now working on a fresh V8 engine which will be released in 2-3 years.
Currently, the data is still scarce and not much is known about it. Apparently the new engine code named S68 is going to be more than anything else a dramatic upgrade of the S63. It will still be a twin-turbo setup and will also maintain the configuration ' hot V ' alive. It could, however, be smaller in size and, most importantly, have some electrification on the side.
Developing a fresh, high-performance V8 is somewhat surprising news, particularly as we understand for a reality that many upcoming hybrid designs will combine straight six mills with electric motors for incredible energy output numbers. However, a suitable V8 may be required for some high-performance vehicles constructed under the M umbrella. The same could be said about electrifying said source of authority, in order to comply with future legislation.
The new mill could actually be implemented on the upcoming BMW M5 CS for the first time, according to sources. There are rumors about a high-performance model slotted above the present Competition M5, featuring weight-saving characteristics as well as a bit more power.
That could very well be the first car once it goes out to use the S68 engine. Meanwhile, with a refreshed design, we'll see the facelift for the F90 M5 introduced next year.
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