Motorsports

Is the BMW M8 is Worth the Wait?

Hell, yeah! 8 Series already gets more power and a GTE version

Say hello to the BMW M8. Although still under wraps, this latest Bavarian beauty was crafted along side the all-new 8 Series Concept that made its stunning debut earlier this week in Milan, Italy.

BMW is tightlipped on all the details, but we are told that this fully camouflaged BMW M8 prototype “will be unveiled in a driving presentation as part of the support program for the Nürburgring 24-hour race.”

Compared to the recent BMW Concept 8 Series this M version sports larger air intakes, bigger brakes, and an exhaust with four tailpipes instead of two refined and hexagonal ones.

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

Also in the works is a race-spec car – the BMW M8 GTE – for the return of BMW Motorsport to Le Mans, says BMW.

“The BMW M8 GTE development program for our Le Mans comeback is in full swing,” BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt says in a release. “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 24 Hours of Daytona in late January 2018.”

In the meantime, check out these photos of the Concept 8 Series and let your imagination run wild.

Comments
We’ve Temporarily Removed Comments

As part of our ongoing efforts to make AutomobileMag.com better, faster, and easier for you to use, we’ve temporarily removed comments as well as the ability to comment. We’re testing and reviewing options to possibly bring comments back. As always, thanks for reading AutomobileMag.com.

Buying Guide
Powered by Motortrend

EPA MPG:

15 City / 20 Hwy

Horse Power:

282 @ 5700

Torque:

310 @ 3900