BMW officially announces M8 and GTE alongside camouflaged 8 Series image

The German automaker is heralding the return of the 8 Series flagship – they recently introduced the 8 Series concept and now unwrapped – sort of – the high-performance versions, the M8 and M8 GTE.

There are great times ahead for fans of the Bavarian automaker, if we judge solely on the spectacular 8 Series Coupe or the fact that its high-performance version is being developed in “in parallel” with the standard 8 Series. M GmbH is already hard at work teasing us about the arrival of the M8, and more so, the photos of the camouflaged car have been accompanied with details of the arrival of not one, but two M8 versions, with the addition of the GTE variant. The camouflaged prototypes are all we have to go on for now, but they do seem keen on upholding the styling of the 8 Series concept, and of course taking into consideration they will also feature all the enhancements we’d come to expect from an M model.

BMW M8

We can thus make out larger air intakes up front, larger wheels blue-painted brake calipers, and quad exhausts at the back. “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,” announces Frank van Meel, president of the BMW M Division. The M8 GTE meanwhile is actually being developed for the Le Mans race. “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,” added on his part BMW Motorsports director Jens Marquardt. We know we’ll first see the BMW M8 GTE at the Daytona 24 Hours in January 2018.