With the cancellation of the 6 Series coupe and the M6, BMW has been hard at work on a revival of the 8 Series. Usually, the M division keeps quiet about their performance cars until after the launch of each series, but a new strategy might work to their advantage. BMW has been tightly lipped about the new M8, and that’s mostly why the car is coming as such a surprise to many. Its exterior is dominated by recognizable M features, such as the large air intakes, massive brakes, and quad-exhaust.
“The conception and development of the standard BMW 8 Series and the M model run in parallel,” explains Frank van Meel, President BMW M Division. “The future BMW M8 will build on the genes of the 8 Series and augment its DNA with added trackability 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.” The new M8 GTE is being developed alongside the production cars, and their target is the 24 Hours of Daytona in January. Recent BMW victories by privateer teams have spurred development of the new supercar, and development is working “flat out” on the 8 Series and its M8 flagship.