BMW gave a glimpse over the weekend of a prototype for a performance M version of the coming 8 Series flagship coupe, and also announced that there will be an M8 GTE racing version that will make its track debut in January 2018 in Florida at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.
The camouflaged prototype of the M8 was rolled out ahead of the weekend's 24-hour race at Germany's Nurburgring and was demonstrated on the track. A Rowe Racing BMW M6 GTE finished second to a Land Audi R8 LMS in the race.
BMW said the M Used Engine ers are developing the performance version alongside the regular 8 Series coupe and both are coming in 2018. The automaker showed a concept version of the new 8 Series coupe May 26 at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este, the annual classic car show at Lake Como in Italy.
Visible under the camouflage were some expectable M modifications, such as larger air intakes, upgraded brakes and a four-tip sports exhaust system. BMW offered no details of what's under the hood, and most of the interior was covered.
Also underway concurrently is development of the M8 GTE that will return BMW to the 24 Hours of Le Mans competition in 2018.
"The BMW M8 GTE development program for our Le Mans comeback is in full swing," said BMW Motorsport Director Jens Marquardt in a statement. "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. We are planning an initial roll-out for the first half of this year and are looking at giving the car its race debut in the Daytona 24 Hours in late January 2018."