The 8-series brings its a-game: new BMW M8 GTE unveiled

Gwen Vasquez
September 13, 2017

Looking at the entire vehicle, we see some production design cues for first time. BMW is also keen to note that the upcoming 8-Series will be truly embodied by the M8 GTE, which uses the cylinder block and heads from the production car's engine. According to BMW Motorsport director, Jens Marquardt, the race vehicle will directly influence the development of the road auto.

Before that, though, the new M8 GTE will make its racing debut at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the USA, and will be one of the many racers populating the hallowed Daytona banking in January 2018.

For instance, this is our best look at the car's face and rear end yet, with production headlights and taillights joined by the outline of BMW's distinctive kidney grilles, the production car's boot lit and roof.

There's lots of clever tech incorporated into the design and manufacturing of the auto to improve its performance.

GTE regulations dictate that the cars must be based off production vehicles, so save for the large wings, splitters, and air dams, this is design of the M8 road auto.

The M8 GTE is 4980mm long without the rear wing, 2046mm wide without the specially designed wing mirrors, and 1212mm tall, while it wheelbase measures in at 2880mm.

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BMW will return to global endurance racing next year for the first time since 2011, when its M3 GT2 raced at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with a full season entry in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Under the bonnet is a 4.0-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine, developing a base output of "over 500bhp". We've also heard that there's already an M8 under development.

"The BMW M8 GTE is our new GT flagship and will go head-to-head with the strong opposition in this sector", said Marquardt. Prior to both of these events, it will be making its race debut at the Daytona 24 Hours in January 2018.

"The FIA WEC and the IMSA series in North America are top competitive environments for our new challenger".

Taking the baton from the M6 GT3, the M8 GTE is BMW's Motorsport's halo vehicle.

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