BMW's Upcoming 8 Series Get Transformed Into the M8 GTE Race Car

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Flagship BMW M8 previewed by M8 GTE racer at Frankfurt

Looking at the entire auto, we see some production design cues for first time.

BMW has revealed its 2018 Le Mans racer at the Frankfurt Motor Show, providing us with a fresh look at the firm's next flagship coupe - the upcoming, 600bhp+ M8, which will rival the Mercedes-AMG S 63 Coupe in the high-performance, luxury coupe market when it arrives next year.

With a 4.0-litre V8 instead of what will likely be the production 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 in the road vehicle, the GTE makes around 375kW when tuned to race, which should be much less than the road-going M8 will have at its disposal. Kicking off its motorsport schedule will be the Daytona 24 Hours race next January, and then the M8 GTE will be fielded in parallel at the WEC and IMSA throughout the year.

BMW's also upfront about the fact that the M8 GTE has been co-developed alongside the road-going M8 it'll eventually sell.

The M8's design is centred on the classic long-bonnet coupe silhouette, with enough room up front to mid-mount the twin-turbo V8 unit used in the race vehicle. BMW hasn't fielded a vehicle at Le Mans since 2011, so that's pretty big news. Nor for the road-going BMW M8, either... As such, the M8 GTE weighs in at 1,200kg.

A 4.0-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine will power the M8 GTE, though its power will be restricted per regulations.

We've already seen a Concept 8 Series - showcased on the shores of Lake Como in Italy.

In a much anticipated return to the World Endurance Championship, BMW's M8 GTE racer is slated to take to the grid in 2018.

"For us, the presentation of the uncamouflaged vehicle at the IAA is the next important step on the road to our first race outing, which we plan to be the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2018", said Jens Marquardt, BMW Motorsports Director.

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