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01:20  13 september  2017
01:20  13 september  2017 Source:   Motor Trend

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Just days after whipping the covers off a concept previewing the upcoming 8 Series , BMW has confirmed its new flagship will be getting the M treatment. Along with the road going M 8 , the team in M Division will also be using the 8 Series as the base for its new GTE racer .

We've known for a while that BMW planned to bring back the range-topping 8 Series luxury coupe. When we finally got a look at the concept car, it was an absolute jaw-dropper. We've also heard that there's already an M8 under development. But before you can buy either the regular 8 Series or the M8, you'll get to see BMW return to the World Endurance Championshipwith the M8 GTE race car.

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A flagship BMW M 8 will headline the upcoming BMW 8 Series range, the company has confirmed, revealing a camouflaged example today - just hours after revealing the new Concept 8 Series show car . For now, we’ll have to wait for January to see the M 8 GTE race car .

BMW has officially teased the high-performance M 8 version of the upcoming BMW 8 Series . The development of the standard BMW 8 Series and the M model run in parallel. Moreover, the company is simultaneously working on a race -spec version of the car as well - the BMW M 8 GTE , which will mark

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Just unveiled at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the M8 GTE puts a seriously aggressive spin on the 8 Series conceptwe've already seen. There's a massive wing, side skirts, an aggressive front splitter, and huge air intakes, all wrapped in BMW's racing livery.Thanks to lots of carbon fiber-reinforced polymer, the whole car weighs in at only 2,690 pounds, and under the hood, the M8 GTE packs a twin-turbo V-8 making more than 500 hp. Power is sent to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential transmission.

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This will be BMW's first Le Mans car since 2011, but the M8 GTE won't compete exclusively as a WEC car. It'll also take part in the International Motor Sports Association'sWeatherTech SportsCar Championship here in North America.

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BMW is working to get hot M 8 and M 8 Convertible versions of the upcoming 8 Series ready for launch in the coming months It’ll sit above the recently confirmed 8 Series , which itself was previewed by the 8 Series Concept, and will be joined by an endurance- racing counterpart, the M 8 GTE .

And if this heavily camouflaged example of the M 8 GTE race car are any indication as to what the M 8 will look like, we as BMW Like many of you, when I first saw the release of the M 8 GTE I thought it might give some sort of insight into what power plant will be under the hood of the upcoming M 8 .

"The BMW M8 GTE is our new GT flagship and will go head to head with the strong opposition in this sector," said Jens Marquardt, BMW's head of motorsports, in a statement. "The FIA WEC and the IMSA series in North America are a top competitive environment for our new challenger. With the BMW M8 GTE, we are bringing cutting-edge technology to the top international class of GT racing, whilst at the same time tying in with our tradition at Le Mans. The development of the BMW M8 GTE is on schedule, and we can hardly wait to see the car challenging for victories in 2018."

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BMW's also upfront about the fact that the M8 GTE has been co-developed alongside the road-going M8 it'll eventually sell. Presumably, the aero kit will have to be changed out for something a little subtler, but BMW claims there's a close relationship between the M8 and the M8 GTE. How true that is still remains to be seen, but at the very least the headlights, taillights, and roofline should remain the same. Sadly, the ridiculously cool side view mirrors probably won't end up on the road car, but you may see some of the race car's three-dimensional printing and artificial intelligence-assisted software make it to production.

Look for the BMW M8 GTE to make its racing debut at next year's 24 Hours of Daytona.

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