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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.

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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.

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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.

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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…

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Read our full review on the BMW M8 GTE.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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