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BMW Confirms New M8

BMW Confirms New M8

The same day BMW releases the Concept 8 Series, the company also confirms development of an upcoming M8. Actually, the company went so far as to release official spy shots of the M8 that is currently in testing, providing a solid confirmation of a hotter version of BMW’s upcoming flagship coupe.

Of course the company isn’t providing any technical details about the car just yet; those have to wait for the official reveal. Nonetheless, the spy shots show what we expect from any M car: larger air intakes, four exhaust outlets and a more aggressive body kit. BMW is only saying that the M8 will provide “significantly boosted power” versus the normal 8 Series.

“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.”

Along with the M8, BMW also confirmed development of their race-spec car, the M8 GTE. The GTE will mark 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.”





 

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  1. donmateo
    Not surprising now that the 6/M6 is no longer a coupe.
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