BMW confirms that an M8 and M8 GTE are on their way

Article by Christian A., on May 29, 2017

BMW just keeps on getting bigger and bigger, in terms of their lineup I mean. Just after unveiling the 8 Series Concept, they are now teasing us with an M8 variant. As of now, the closest we have to the M8 variant are just camouflaged photos and a video since BMW won’t give out any information just yet.

The camouflaged variant looks similar to the 8 series in terms of design, but it comes with the signature trimming we have expected on the M’s go-fast models. Though we know that this isn’t at all close to the final production version, note that it has enlarged air intakes in the fascia, enlarged wheels with low profile tires, brake calipers finished in blue, and at the rear end are quad exhausts.

BMW M Division president, Frank van Meel, said that the upcoming BMW M8 will build on the genes of the 8 Series and feature enhanced track ability and “generous extra portions of dynamic sharpness, precision and agility”. He added that it flows into a driving experience that has the highly recognizable BMW M hallmarks” and that meets the most challenging demands of its customers.

Van Meel was also involved with the development of the wider 8 Series. He said that a challenge for them was to ensure that the standard car didn’t look too sporty, because the M8 should be the one with that kind of set up, and not all customers want an M car.

There is no doubt why there are similarities between the 8 Series and the M8, as one is being developed “in parallel” with the other. An M8 GTE is also under development to join the Le Mans 24 hour endurance race, announced by the company at the Nurburgring 24 hour race.

There’s currently so much anticipation in developing the M8 GTE, just like any other race car. The company cannot reveal photos just yet, but BMW Motorsports director Jens Marquardt promises that it will look spectacular.

The M8 will definitely sit at the top of the model range. In fact, the company has no plans for a model that will be placed above it.

BMW M8 has already been confirmed to most likely be powered by a more powerful version of the next M5 - a 4.4 twin-turbo V8 engine, but will probably share the same M xDrive four-wheel drive system. Sources confirm that we will first witness the BMW M8 GTE at the Daytona 24 Hours in January 2018, and that it should be in showrooms by the second half of next year.

Press Release

The BMW M8 is the icing on the cake of the sporty BMW 8 Series line-up.

Alongside the ongoing development of the standard 8 Series, the engineers at BMW M are also working flat out on the M model. A fully camouflaged, early prototype of the future BMW M8 will be unveiled in a driving presentation as part of the support programme for the Nürburgring 24-hour race.

Classical M features like larger air intakes, modified brakes and a sports exhaust with four tailpipes hint at the significantly boosted power and dynamic potential of the car and whet the appetite for a driving experience of intense emotional richness.

“The conception and development of the standard BMW 8 Series and the M model run in parallel,” explains Frank van Meel, President 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.”

Development is also underway of a race-spec car – the BMW M8 GTE – to spearhead the return of BMW Motorsport to Le Mans: “The BMW M8 GTE development programme for our Le Mans comeback is in full swing,” says BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt. “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.”

Source: BMW

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