Hot for Daytona – the 2018 BMW M8 GTE

  • Daytona race debut for BMW M8?
  • It’ll be an 8 Series with track capability
  • First the M8, then an M8 GTE mid-2017
2017 BMW M8: Image: BMW M / Newspress
2017 BMW M8: Image: BMW M / Newspress

MUNICH, Germany – BMW engineers working on the upcoming 8 Series are already busy creating an M performance version.

Pictured is a fully camouflaged early prototype of the coming BMW M8 which will be part of a driving presentation during the Nürburgring 24-Hours.

It will have larger air-intakes, modified brakes and a sport exhaust whose four tailpipes will hint, the automaker says, “at the significantly greater power and dynamic potential of the car”.

2017 BMW M8: Image: BMW M / Newspress
2017 BMW M8: Image: BMW M / Newspress

Frank van Meel, president of BMW M Division, told The Corner in a media release: “The conception and development of the standard BMW 8 Series and the M model are running parallel.

“The M8 will build on the genes of the 8 Series but augment its DNA with more track ability and generous extra dynamic sharpness, precision and agility. It all flows into a driving experience that bears the M hallmarks and satisfies our customers’ most exacting requirements.”

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A race-specced M8 GTE to lead the return of BMW Motorsport to Le Mans Development is also under way. BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt reported:

“The M8 GTE development for our Le Mans comeback is in full swing.

“Developing a race car is always exciting; in the case of the M8 GTE the anticipation is that much greater. We can’t reveal pictures yet but I can promise the GTE will look spectacular.

“We’re planning an initial roll-out before the middle of 2017 and hope the race debut will be in the January 2018 Daytona 24 Hours.”

2017 BMW M8: Image: BMW M / Newspress
2017 BMW M8: Image: BMW M / Newspress
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