BMW has only just confirmed that the 8 Series luxury coupe will be making a comeback, and now the news is even better for Bimmer fans.
As if the German carmaker had a secret it just couldn’t wait to reveal, in less than a month the 8 Series has been teased, previewed in concept form, and is now destined to contain a new flagship ‘M’ model for BMW.
The company has used the Nurburgring 24-Hour to reveal a BMW M8 prototype, which took to the track wearing full camouflage to frustrate some who may have already placed a deposit on the ‘regular’ 8 Series with their local dealer.
BMW says the M8 has been in development directly alongside the 8 Series, meaning the pair could hit the market at the same time.
“The conception and development of the standard BMW 8 Series and the M model run in parallel,” BMW M’s Frank van Meel said.
“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. It all flows into a driving experience that bears the familiar BMW M hallmarks and satisfies our customers’ most exacting requirements.”
Some ‘M’ goodies for the M8 already confirmed by BMW include larger air intakes, a sports quad-exhaust system and upgraded brakes.
BMW says flat out that the M8 will have “significantly boosted power and dynamic potential”, but stops short of revealing any of the numbers.
Also in development is a BMW M8 GTE racer - the car BMW says will “spearhead the return of BMW Motorsport to Le Mans”.
The M8 GTE is scheduled to make its racing debut at the 2018 Daytona 24-Hour.