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BMW 8 Series comeback to include M8, M8 GTE versions

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Eric Tipan / BMW Press | May 29, 2017 10:16

BMW teases upcoming M8 with action photos on the Nurburgring

BMW hasn’t simply confined its efforts in the production of the standard 8 Series as we previously reported.

Instead, it is already pushing forward and expanding the line with the development of the M model and the race-spec GTE trim as well.

BMW 8 Series return to include M8, M8 GTE versions

As part of the support program for this year's Nurburgring 24-hour race, BMW has revealed a fully cloaked prototype of the BMW M8.

BMW 8 Series return to include M8, M8 GTE versions

Teaser photos indicate larger air intakes, modified brakes and a sports exhaust with four tailpipes in order to optimize the performance of what it is expected to be a robust powertrain of the car.

BMW 8 Series return to include M8, M8 GTE versions

“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,” explains Frank van Meel, President BMW M Division.

BMW is also simultaneously working of a track-ready BMW M8 GTE that will forge the way for BMW’s return to Le Mans.

BMW 8 Series return to include M8, M8 GTE versions

“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,” says BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt.