BMW M8 and GTE Le Mans racer on the way
While BMW is kept busy working on the development of the standard 8 Series, BMW M’s engineers are also working around the clock on the upcoming BMW M8 model. BMW will unveil a “fully camouflaged”, early prototype of the future BMW M8 as part of the “support programme” for the Nürburgring 24-hour race.
The M8 will feature “classical M” features like larger air intakes, modified brakes and a sports exhaust. The four exhaust pipes give some insight into the expected performance of the M8, which will likely use a similar version of the turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 found in the upcoming 2018 BMW G30 M5.
Frank van Meel, President BMW M Division, said:
“The conception and development of the standard BMW 8 Series and the M model run in parallel.
“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 is also in the midst of developing the BMW M8 GTE race-spec car, which will spearhead the return of BMW Motorsport to Le Mans.
BMW Motorsport Director, Jens Marquardt, said:
“The BMW M8 GTE development programme for our Le Mans comeback is in full swing.
“Developing a new racing car is always exciting, and in the case of the BMW M8 GTE the anticipation is that much greater still. 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 first half of this year and are looking at giving the car its race debut in the Daytona 24 Hours in late January 2018.”