New BMW M8 Previewed
Shortly after rolling out the BMW Concept 8 Series Coupe at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este in Lake Como, Italy, BMW headed to the Nürburgring in Germany where it previewed a high-powered M8 version of the range-topping Coupe. The reveal came just ahead of the annual 24-hour sports car race on the legendary Nordschleife circuit and BMW also confirmed a competition variant also is in the works.
“The conception and development of the standard BMW 8 Series and the M model run in parallel,” explained Frank van Meel, president of BMW M Division. “The future BMW M8 will build on the genes of the 8 Series and augment its DNA with added track ability and generous extra portions of dynamic sharpness, precision and agility. It all flows into a driving experience that bears the familiar BMW M hallmarks and satisfies our customers’ most exacting requirements.”
BMW provided no additional tech details on the M8, but like the 8 Series, it’s expected to share much of mechanical pedigree with the new 5 Series and 7 Series. The fully wrapped M8 prototype does show more aggressively shaped aerodynamic bodywork with unique dual-paired exhaust outlets. Motivation is said to come from an M-spec version of BMW’s 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 making somewhere beyond 600 horsepower and passing it through an 8-speed automatic transmission then onto each wheel.
The competition version of the vehicle, the BMW M8 GTE, will head the official BMW Motorsport effort as it returns to Le Mans. “Developing a new racing car is always exciting, and in the case of the BMW M8 GTE the anticipation is that much greater still,” noted BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “We can’t reveal any pictures yet, but I can promise you that the BMW M8 GTE will look spectacular. We are planning an initial roll-out for the last half of this year and are looking at giving the car its race debut in the Daytona 24 Hours in late January 2018.”
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