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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.”

Josh Bennis

Josh has worked within the automotive journalism landscape for the best part of a decade. He's driven everything from a 1972 Mazda 808 station wagon to an Aston Martin DBS. Josh's job is to make sure New Vehicle Buyer readers remain informed and entertained on a daily basis.

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