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PostHeaderIcon BMW M8 GTE Looks Good In Rainy Prep for Daytona 24-Hour

Former CART and, more recently, Paralympic champion Alex Zanardi completed his first test aboard BMW’s M8 GTE Le Mans race car at the Miramas circuit in France ahead of the Italian’s debut in the 24 Hours of Daytona in January of next year.

Zanardi is known for his inspiring return to racing after a vicious crash during the 2001 CART race at the Lausitzring, in Germany, in which he lost both of his legs. Since then, the Italian achieved success in the World Touring Car Championship, the Blancpain Sprint Series, and has guest-starred in the Spa-Francorchamps 24 Hours race and also competed in the DTM earlier this year.

The man who put down “The Pass” on Bryan Herta at Laguna Seca in 1996 has also become a Paralympics hero winning gold on his para cycle in both the 2012 London Paralympic Games and the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games as well as capturing numerous victories in World Championship para-cycling events since 2011.

PostHeaderIcon BMW Reveals New Details On M8, Sets Market Release for 2019

For the first time ever, the 8 Series will spawn an M8 version. We know it’s coming, we’ve seen it in concept form, and also as a race car. We still don’t know too many details about the drivetrain, but BMW just released a bit of information and more photos of a camouflaged car.

PostHeaderIcon Watch the BMW M8 Tear Ass Around the Nurburgring

Like a shot of the good juice on a clear morning, the BMW M8 was spotted at the Nurburgring doing some good ‘ol fashion testing. The long-bodied beauty was dressed in heavy camouflage, but the coupe’s unmistakable look can still be gleaned underneath all that wrapping.

PostHeaderIcon Confirmation of the BMW M850i has Come with the Promise of 523 Horsepower

Following months of rumors and teasers, BMW finally revealed some details about the upcoming 8 Series. While the M8 remains a mystery, now we know a bit more about the M850i versions, which promises to deliver in excess of 500 horsepower.

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When BMW introduced the 8 Series back in 1989, it reshaped the full-size luxury segment with a car that was gorgeous, unique, and loaded with innovative features. However, the global crisis and high fuel prices of the early 1990s prevented it from becoming a strong seller, with a little over 30,000 units delivered until 1999, when it was discontinued. Almost two decades later and the 8 Series is set to return. Following the unveiling of a concept car in May 2017, BMW also released a bunch of photos confirming that an M8 is also underway in 2018.

The M8’s arrival will mark a premiere for the nameplate, which didn’t receive the M treatment in the 1990s. Although BMW did make a prototype, it eventually decided that there’s no market for the M8 and the project was scrapped. Times have obviously changed now, and with Mercedes already offering AMG versions of the S-Class Coupe and with Bentley producing the Continental GT Speed for quite a few years now, BMW needs an 8 Series and an M8 to keep up with the competition. Find out what we already know about this grand tourer in my speculative review below.

Updated 03/15/2018: Our spy photographers caught the upcoming BMW M8 Coupe out playing in the snow.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW M8.

Spy Shots

March 15, 2018 – BMW M8 caught playing in the snow


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Exterior

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“The first thing that comes to mind when looking at the camouflaged M8 is that the production model won't look as exotic as the 8 Series concept.”

The first thing that comes to mind when looking at the camouflaged M8 is that the production model won’t look as exotic as the 8 Series concept. This confirms that BMW will give the series coupe a softer stance and that it will remove the big vents behind the front fenders, the massive intakes under the headlamps, and the aggressive engine hood.

The front grille also sports a less angry design that’s more in line with BMW current styling cues. This isn’t a bad thing though, as the vertical slats are pretty thin and sharp and the kidneys are wide enough to produce a wide stance. The headlamps are obviously thicker than the concept’s, but thinner than anything else you get right now save for the i8. Down below, the bumper appears to be standard BMW M stuff, with large outlets toward the sides and longer vents with a mesh grille in the middle. This section will be unique to the M8, while the 8 Series will sport a less aggressive element.

Onto the sides, the large scoop behind the front fenders is missing, while the roof sits slightly higher. This isn’t surprising, as concept cars are usually sleeker than their production counterparts. However, the good news is that the rear haunches, one of the most stylish features on the 8 Series concept if you ask me, appear to be very similar. Moving over to M-specific additions, we have beefier side skirts and a set of juicy twin-five spoke rims in dark grey. Behind them we can see the obligatory blue brake calipers.

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“Around back, the M8 has very little in common with the concept car. The production taillights are quite mundane and don't extend that much into the fenders.”

Around back, the M8 has very little in common with the concept car. For starters, the production taillights are quite mundane and don’t extend that much into the fenders. The trunklid also seems to have a different shape, but it still carries a sizable spoiler. Granted, it’s not as massive as seen on the concept, but it should give the coupe a sleek look. Most of the fascia is camouflaged and the taillights aren’t visible all the way, but they should reach pretty far into the trunklid. The license plate is placed below, just like on the concept, but the bumper lacks the massive creases toward the sides. Below, there’s a quad exhaust pipe configuration as seen on every other M car around.

Rendering


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As usual, we asked our rendering artist to create a digital image of the upcoming M8. The rendering is based on the spy shots released by BMW, but also includes some toned-down features seen on the 8 Series Concept. In case you’re wondering why we’re using a convertible for this article, I think that BMW will also do a drop-top version to compete against the Cabriolet variants of the Mercedes-AMG S63 and S65. You can check out that article here.

Interior


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“Although clean and uncluttered on the passenger side, the dashboard is highlighted by premium red stitching on the upper side and around the center stack area.”

BMW had very little to say about the M8’s exterior features and production schedule, but shared no information about the interior or the technology inside. On the other hand, we have the 8 Series concept for hints as to what we may find in the M8.

As you’d expect, the show car’s interior is a fancier rendition of BMW’s current styling language. It sports an appealing blend of clean surfaces and vertical lines, a sleek center console, all-digital instrument clusters, and a new steering wheel design.

Although clean and uncluttered on the passenger side, the dashboard is highlighted by premium red stitching on the upper side and around the center stack area. It also has vertically oriented, almost triangular A/C vents at each corner. These features are likely to find their way in the production 8 Series and to some extent in the M8 too.


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“Unlike some Bimmers that have the infotainment system placed atop the dash, the 8 Series concept has it integrated in the center stack.”

Unlike some Bimmers that have the infotainment system placed atop the dash, the 8 Series concept has it integrated in the center stack, albeit still above all controls. This is a feature that will definitely make it on the production model, as will the brand-new buttons underneath. The area between the A/C controls and gear lever is made rom carbon-fiber, which gives the center console a sporty look and makes a lot of sense in a future M8. While customers might not get this lightweight composite in the 8 Series, it will definitely adorn the M8’s center stack.

The instrument cluster appears to be quite spartan for modern standards, but what we see in the concept might be just one of the settings available. Of course, the M8 will have a more complex display with digital gauges and a number of M-specific features. The steering wheel is one feature I don;’t expect to see in the M8 in this form. Although it will keep its sporty stance and flat bottom, it will have a simpler design.

The 8 Series concept is also quite luxurious when it comes to materials, using Merino leather in Dark Brown and Fjord White, as well as hand-polished aluminum. The M8 should get similar treatment, although the base package will probably include black upholstery only. As always, look for several “M” emblems on various elements inside the cabin.

Drivetrain


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“Considering what we can get in other range-topping M models, it's safe to assume that the M8 will get its juice from a twin-turbo V-8 or V-12.”

This is arguably the most important part of the upcoming M8, especially since we’re expecting a very potent grand tourer. With both Mercedes-Benz and Bentley offering outputs in excess of 600 horsepower in the AMG S65 and Continental GT Speed, respectively, BMW is pretty much constrained to drop a lot of oomph in the M8.

Considering what we can get in other range-topping M models, it’s safe to assume that the M8 will get its juice from a twin-turbo V-8 or V-12. Actually, there’s a big chance that BMW will offer both, just like Mercedes-Benz does with the AMG S63 and AMG S65.


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M760Li engine shown here.
“The V-12 engine could be sourced from the M760Li, which uses a twin-turbo, 6.6-liter V-12.”

The V-8 will likely come in the form of a twin-turbo 4.4-liter unit similar to that offered in the new BMW M5. Output should sit close to the 600-horsepower mark to counter the 577 horses delivered by the Mercedes-AMG S63. xDrive AWD is likely to be standard, at least here in the United States. The V-12 engine could be sourced from the M760Li, which uses a twin-turbo, 6.6-liter V-12. This unit cranks out 600 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of twist in the range-topping 7 Series and should be capable of more oomph in the M8. Given that the Mercedes-AMG S65 is good for 621 horses, it wouldn’t be surprising to see BMW push output toward the 650-horsepower mark.

The V-12-powered M8 is also likely to come with AWD, which would give it an advantage over the RWD-only Merc. This would be most visible in the acceleration department, with the M8 likely to hit 60 mph in less than 3.7 seconds. As with most Bimmers here in the U.S., the M8 should come with an automatic transmission only.

BMW M760Li xDrive
Engine Config/No of cyls/valves V/12/4
Engine technology M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology: two mono-scroll turbochargers, High Precision Direct Injection, Double-VANOS variable camshaft control
Effective capacity cc 6,592
Output 600 HP @ 5,500 RPM
Torque 590 LB-FT @ 1,500 RPM
Acceleration 0–100 km/h 3.92 seconds
Maximum speed 250 KM/H (155 MPH)

Prices


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It’s a bit early to talk about prices here, but it’s pretty clear that the M8 won’t come cheap. My bet is that the grand tourer will fetch more than the M760i xDrive, which retails from $156,700. Expect a price tag of almost $170,000 for the V-8 model and a sticker of at least $200,000 for the V-12 variant.

Competition

Mercedes-AMG S63 / AMG S65


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You might not be able to buy the M8 untl 2018, but Mercedes already offers a performance grand tourer. Essentially a two-door version of the large S-Class, this coupe is already an iconic presence on the market, having managed to steal some attention from the much more established Bentley Continental GT. This AMG-prepped tourer comes in two flavors. The “base” model is the S63, which just received a new twin-turbo, 4.0-liter V-8 instead of the old 5.5-liter unit. This powerplant cranks out 603 horsepower and 664 pound-feet of torque, paired with all-wheel-drive for a tremendous 0-to-60 sprint in under four seconds. Next up is the S65, motivated by a larger twin-turbo, 6.0-liter V-12 with 621 horsepower and a whopping 738 pound-feet of torque at its disposal. But despite being more powerful, the S65 is actually slower than the S63 due to being a RWD-only model. Pricing for the Mercedes-AMG S63 starts from $164,750, while the S65 retails from $236,250.

Find out more about the Mercedes-AMG S63 here.

Bentley Continental GT Speed


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Revised for the 2016 model year, the Continental GT Speed, gained a few exterior tweaks, but remained the muscular and elegant we all know. Showcasing an imposing exterior look with added sporty features, the GT Speed is complemented by a luxurious interior packed with Bentley’s latest technology and a ton of options from the Mulliner division. Powered by a 6.0-liter W-12 mill, the GT Speed hits the streets 626 horsepower and 607 pound-feet of twist, which places it above the Mercedes-AMG in terms of horsepower, but below as far as torque is concerned. Using an eight-speed ZF transmission, the Bentley hits 60 mph in four seconds, slower than its rivals. On the other hand, its top speed is rated at a mind-boggling 206 mph. Pricing starts from $203,500 in the United States, making it cheaper than the AMG S65 and the upcoming M8 with the V-12 engine.

Learn more about the Bentley Continental GT Speed here.

Conclusion


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Arguaby the most anticipated return in BMW history, the 8 Series is about to make a comeback for the 2018 model year. The M8 is obviously the bigger news here. Not only because it will be the first 8 Series with an M badge, but also because BMW is in dire need of a performance-oriented grand tourer. The M6 has been a rather dull competitor for the AMG E63 and more recently the AMG S63 and S65, and an M8 seems to be the only vehicle that can change the balance of power in this tight, but extremely demanding niche.

  • Leave it
    • * Not as fancy as the concept
    • * Tough competition from Bentley and Mercedes-AMG
    • * Likely very expensive

References

BMW 8 Series


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Read our full speculative re view on the 2019 BMW 8 Series.

BMW M8


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Read our full speculative review on the BMW M8.

BMW 8 Series Concept Coupe


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Read our full review on the BMW 8 Series Concept Coupe.


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PostHeaderIcon BMW M8

The BMW 8 Series returned in 2018 after almost 20 years. Developed to replace the 6 Series, the 8 Series is sportier, more modern, and enables BMW to compete against the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. For the first time ever, the 8 Series will be upgraded to M8 specifications by the company’s high-performance division. The M8 will brake cover sometime in 2019.

When BMW introduced the 8 Series back in 1989, it reshaped the full-size luxury segment with a car that was gorgeous, unique, and loaded with innovative features. Discontinued in 1999, the 8 Series returned almost two decades later in 2018. The M8’s arrival will mark a premiere for the nameplate, which didn’t receive the M treatment in the 1990s. Although BMW did make a prototype, it eventually decided that there’s no market for the M8 and the project was scrapped. Times have obviously changed now, and with Mercedes already offering AMG versions of the S-Class Coupe and with Bentley producing the Continental GT Speed for quite a few years now, BMW needs the M8 to keep up with the competition. Find out what we already know about this grand tourer in my speculative review below.

Update 12-7-2018: We’ve updated this speculative review with new leaked images and new information. Check out the Exterior section below for all the new M8 goodness!

PostHeaderIcon Is BMW Preparing an M8 Concept for Geneva?

The Chicago Auto Show is now open, but for most European automakers, the event they’re preparing for is the next one on the calendar. The Geneva Motor Show is regarded as one of the biggest auto shows of the year. Every automaker worth its salt attends the event. That includes BMW, which is already in line to debut the new X4. Now, whispers abound that another model is coming to the auto show. If these whispers hold true, we could be on the receiving end of seeing a new, 8 Series-based concept from the M Division.


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“The concept will be based on the 8 Series and M8 platform”

Word of this mysterious concept comes by way of BMW Blog, which said that the concept will be based on the 8 Series and M8 platform. It stopped short of confirming the car as an M8 Concept, though it did say that it will be “different in style than the M8 Coupe previewed so far.”

I realize that’s not much to go on, but we did see a heavily camouflaged Bimmer that had some striking similarities to the 8 Series Concept that made its debut in May 2017. The test mule has yet to shed its camo skin so there’s a good chance that if this debut is happening, it could be the same car.

From what we saw, the M8 prototype has the physical tools to be the performance car we’ve all been dreaming of. It featured a steady diet of track-and-hoon M features, including larger air intakes, beefed up brakes, and a quad tailpipe sports exhaust configuration. Design-wise, the test mule also came with an upright front grille and thicker headlamps compared to the 8 Series Concept.


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“It’s exciting times for fans of BMW, specifically those who have dreamt of seeing an M8 come to fruition”

Needless to say, it’s exciting times for fans of BMW, specifically those who have dreamt of seeing an M8 come to fruition. It’s never been done before so there’s a little bit of history attached to this car in the event it is, in fact, a concept version of the M8. Fortunately, all this speculation will come to a head soon because Bimmer is expected to reveal more details in the coming weeks. The clock is ticking, folks. Will we or won’t we get a BMW M8? We’ll know soon enough.

References

BMW 8 Series


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Read our full speculative re view on the 2019 BMW 8 Series.

BMW M8


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Read our full speculative review on the BMW M8.

BMW 8 Series Concept Coupe


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Read our full review on the BMW 8 Series Concept Coupe.


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Read more Geneva Motor Show news.


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PostHeaderIcon BMW Confirms M8 And X7 Coming In 2018

Lovers of high-end German luxury, fear not – the new M8 and X7 are on their way. That much was confirmed by Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW AG, Harald Kruger, who just released a statement on Bimmer’s upcoming product plans for the 2019 model year.

Continue reading for the full story.

The Full Story


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“The brand will release 40 new or revised models between 2017 and 2018, as well new drivetrain tech and autonomous systems”

Kruger’s statement launches with a few interesting tidbits on BMW’s focus for the next year or so, including the promise of further electrified “i” models, plus the declaration that “2018 will be the year of the X” with a double-down approach on moving BMW’s successful SUV line.

In total, Kruger asserts the brand will release 40 new or revised models between 2017 and 2018, as well new drivetrain tech and autonomous systems. More concretely, 2018 will also include the release of two critical models in the “luxury” segment – the M8 and X7.

Kruger had this to say about the brand’s luxury crossovers and SUVs: “The segment is growing in all major global regions. That is why I call 2018 the year of the “X”! The cool X2 in the compact segment and the X7 in the luxury class are great examples.”

And although Kruger also confirmed 2018 will see the release of the M8, he left it as a bullet point and didn’t provide any extra info.


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“Although Kruger also confirmed 2018 will see the release of the M8, he left it as a bullet point and didn’t provide any extra info.”

But that’s okay, because we’ve got the skinny for you right here. We expect the M8 to be a speedy two-dour grand tourer that will go up against competitors like the Mercedes-AMG S-Class Coupe and Bentley Continental GT Speed, with around 600 horsepower from a turbocharged V-8. Acceleration specs will include a 0-to-60 mph time of roughly 3 seconds and a top speed of 200 mph, plus oodles of high-tech in the cabin and loads of comfort features as well.

Meanwhile, the BMW X7 will come covered in leather and Alcantara inside, plus get seating for seven. Infotainment will be top-notch across the board, and there should be options for rear-seat entertainment as well. Power will come from either a 3.0-liter six-cylinder or a 4.4-liter V-8, with the range-topper hitting the 60-mph mark in less than 5 seconds.

References

BMW M8


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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 BMW M8.

BMW X7


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Read our full speculative review on the 2017 BMW X7.

PostHeaderIcon Pops’ Rants: I Told You the BMW 8 Series Won’t Be That Exciting!

Remember how you were all excited by the upcoming BMW 8 Series and M8? Do you also remember my rant about why this big revival won’t be as exciting as BMW wants us to believe? Well, it turns out I was right. Yeah, yeah, I’m well aware that both the 8 Series and M8 are still under wraps, but BMW just unveiled the M8 GTE race car, which basically means that the Germans showcased more than 50-percent of the production model. And look, it’s pretty much a redesigned M6!

Come on, did you really believe that BMW was planning to revive the 8 Series nameplate for something completely new like it happened when it was first introduced in the late 1980s? Wasn’t the fact that BMW discontinued the 6 Series before the announcement a big enough hint? How can you be so naive? Well, if you’re still expecting the 8 Series to be a unique model in the lineup and not just a reheated 6 Series soup, keep reading to find out why you should stop being the world’s most optimistic BMW fanboy.

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The Styling Isn’t All that Great


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“The next-generation 6 Series would have looked the same”

What, were you under the impression that you’ll get that sleek concept car on the road? Nope! All you’re getting is a very toned down version of the M8 GTE race car. And that’s the M8 we’re talking about. The 8 Series will be even more boring. And just look at it. Haven’t you seen those headlamps and taillights somewhere else? Sure, the grille is big and juicy, but there’s really nothing new to see there. The new 6 Series Gran Coupe has a similar kidney grille, the only reason why the GTE’s looks so menacing is because there are no vertical slats.

Shape? Same thing. It’s a two-door coupe. It’s just as sleek as any other coupe out there. Okay, so maybe the rear glass is flatter and the quarter windows are a tad more aggressive, but I bet the next-generation 6 Series would have looked the same.

Same Size


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“What's the point of competing with the S-Class if you're not making a slightly bigger coupe?”

The M8 GTE is 4,980 mm long and 2,046 mm wide. That’s only 86 mm longer and 152 mm wider than the outgoing 6 Series. Not a lot bigger for a flagship luxury coupe. And given that the GTE has a few extra aero bits that alter its dimensions, there’s a good chance that the production model will be a tad smaller and basically identical to the old 6 Series.

Now, a well-informed BMW fan would tell that the first-gen 8 Series wasn’t bigger than the first-gen 6 Series it replaced in 1989. And I would agree, the numbers speak for themselves. But you see, we can’t compare 1989 with 2018. Supposedly BMW is reviving the 8 Series in order to save its ass in the big luxury coupe segment. Read that as in “it desperately needs a competitor for the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe.” And guess what, the Merc is a tad longer. So what’s the point of competing with the S-Class if you’re not making a slightly bigger, which could mean more comfortable, coupe?

Again, I’m not saying the 8 Series is a bad idea. I’m just saying that Munich could have easily redesigned the 6 Series into a better competitor for the S-Class Coupe. Marketing money is money well spent, but we need great cars and a bit less hype.

We might as well put a 2002 badge on the 1 Series and call it a day…

References

BMW M8 GTE


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Read our full review on the BMW M8 GTE.

BMW 8 Series


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Read our full speculative review on the next BMW 8 Series.

BMW M8


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Read our full speculative review on the next BMW M8.

PostHeaderIcon BMW M8 GTE

The official confirmation that BMW is planning to revive the 8 Series and build the first M8 ever is arguably the best BMW-related news we received this year. And while both cars are still a few months from going public, the German firm offered us a sneak preview by launching the M8-based race car first. Unveiled at the2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, it’s called the M8 GTE and will mark the brand’s return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans after seven years. The new race car will make its debut in early 2018, at the 24 Hours of Daytona.

BMW also confirmed that the M8 GTE will race before the 8 Series goes on sale, so don’t expect the flagship coupe to arrive earlier than January 2018. But the good news is that the race car gives a good look at what the upcoming M8 will bring to the table in terms of design and even performance. Of course, the production model won’t be as aggressive as the GTE-spec vehicle, but many of these styling features will make it on the coupe that you’ll be able to find in dealerships. Let’s have a closer at the M8 GTE and BMW’s upcoming campaign in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW M8 GTE.

PostHeaderIcon BMW M8 GTE

The official confirmation that BMW is planning to revive the 8 Series and build the first M8 ever is arguably the best BMW-related news we received this year. And while both cars are still a few months from going public, the German firm offered us a sneak preview by launching the M8-based race car first. Unveiled at the2017 Frankfurt Motor Show, it’s called the M8 GTE and will mark the brand’s return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans after seven years. The new race car will make its debut in early 2018, at the 24 Hours of Daytona.

BMW also confirmed that the M8 GTE will race before the 8 Series goes on sale, so don’t expect the flagship coupe to arrive earlier than January 2018. But the good news is that the race car gives a good look at what the upcoming M8 will bring to the table in terms of design and even performance. Of course, the production model won’t be as aggressive as the GTE-spec vehicle, but many of these styling features will make it on the coupe that you’ll be able to find in dealerships. Let’s have a closer at the M8 GTE and BMW’s upcoming campaign in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW M8 GTE.

PostHeaderIcon BMW’s M8 GTE Le Mans Competitor Previews Production M8 Model

The Bavarians are heading back to Circuit de La Sarthe, and they’re bringing a new race car. Say hello to the M8 GTE, which just debuted this week at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show. Set to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship, the M8 GTE clearly has its sights set on the 24 Hours of Le Mans. That’ll make it the first BMW to run the world-famous endurance event since 2011, following in the footsteps of such machines as the V12 LMR that took outright victory in 1999. The new racer’s first competitive event will be the 24 Hours of Daytona next year, with further races in the North American IMSA series on the docket as well. That’s all well and good, but for those of us chomping at the bit to see the new 8 Series, the M8 GTE offers some tantalizing insights into what to expect.

For those unaware, the upcoming M8 is framed as Bimmer’s end-all-be-all range-topping luxury two-door, a flagship coupe sporting large-and-in-charge dimensions, plenty of power, and high-end interior extravagance. It’s essentially BMW’s answer to competitors like the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe, previewed with the BMW 8 Series Concept Coupe revealed in Italy at the Villa d’Este event earlier this year. However, with the racing version now out and under the lights, we’re taking a closer look to see what we can learn before the 8 Series drops at the Los Angeles Auto Show in a few months’ time.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW M8 GTE and upcoming 8 Series.

PostHeaderIcon BMW M8 Convertible

Rumored for many, many years, the iconic BMW 8 Series is set to return to the market, with a concept car already unveiled in 2017. But, unlike the first-generation model, produced from 1989 to 1999, the new 8 Series will also spawn a high-performance M8 model. And this is more than just silly rumor, as BMW has already released a few photos with a heavily camouflaged car. Since we enjoy speculating on future models, we created a rendering of the M8 Convertible, a vehicle that has yet to be confirmed, but was spotted testing on public roads. So it’s safe to assume that BMW is indeed working on a competitor for the AMG-prepped Mercedes S63 and S65.

Not only would an M8 Convertible arrive as a premiere for the nameplate, it would also be a first for the 8 Series. Although it was produced for a full decade, the first-gen 8 Series remained a coupe only. The German firm did develop a cabrio and built a prototype, but it later decided that it was unlikely to recover its development cost and scrapped. The same happened with the original M8, which was axed in favor of the less powerful, but still M-developed 850CSi. Some two decades later and both ideas are set to merge into a production model for the very first time.

Updated 08/22/2017: BMW took the topless version of the M8 out for a test drive.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW M8 Convertible.

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