Alongside the ongoing development of the BMW 8 Series, BMW M engineers are also working on the M model. A camouflaged, early prototype of the BMW M8 was unveiled during the Nürburgring 24-hour race. Classic M features such as larger air intakes, modified brakes and a sports exhaust with four tailpipes hint at the significantly boosted power and dynamic potential of the car.
“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 for a race-spec car – the BMW M8 GTE – to spearhead the return of BMW Motorsport to Le Mans.
“The BMW M8 GTE development program 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 rollout 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.”