Jose Altoveros / BMW | May 16, 2018 09:35
BMW to mark Le Mans comeback with 8 Series debut
After much speculation, BMW has finally announced a reveal date of the next-generation 8 Series. The brand's upcoming flagship model is set to debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this coming June 15. It will also mark the brand's return to the World Endurance Championship (WEC) series after being exiting the sport in 2011 with the new M8 GTE.
There isn’t a better setting for the world premiere of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe than the 24-hour race at Le Mans. The race is a pure demonstration of passion, dynamics and long-distance capability. These characteristics define our new sports car in a special way,” says Klaus Fröhlich, board member of the BMW AG, Development.
Along with the announcement, Bavarian Motor Works has also released a teaser photo of the track-only M8 GTE together with the new 8 Series hidden in the background. While it won't be the more powerful M8, the automaker will be revealing the M850i xDrive Coupe. As per the annoucement, the M850i will be powered by a 'redeveloped' V8 engine coupled ot BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system.
Apart from the powertrain, BMW also mentions that the 8 Series will be fitted with 20-inch alloy wheels wrapped in high-performance tires. Other features of the M850i xDrive are adaptive M suspension technology with Active Roll Stabilization and rear axle differential lock.
For those waiting for the hotter M8 and M8 Gran Coupe, expect it to be revealed at a later date. An 8 Series Convertible is also expected to debut, which will complete the 8 Series family line up.