BMW officially launches M8 GTE

BMW officially launches M8 GTE

However, that's not all that is mouth-watering about this beast.

The long, low and wide M8 GTE features a larger and more dramatic interpretation of the brand's iconic kidney grill and slim taillights to give it an imposing stance.

The BMW M8 GTE has been developed using the latest technology, including 3D measurement technology and a new algorithm for engineers to increase the number of simulations in wind-tunnel development.

GTE regulations dictate that the cars must be based off production vehicles, so save for the large wings, splitters, and air dams, this is design of the M8 road auto.

We've known for a while that BMW planned to bring back the range-topping 8 Series luxury coupe. Both of which have been revealed in concept guise, with only spy photos giving us a hint as to what the production model will look like. The car's competition debut will be the 2018 24 Hours of Daytona next January as part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which the M8 will be contesting in addition to WEC.

BMW is on a roll this year at their home auto show and after the unveil of several concepts (full 2017 IAA coverage here), it is now showing us their future racing vehicle.

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Under the hood of the M8 GTE is a 4.0-liter turbocharged V8 that's restricted to approximately 500 horsepower, depending on what class the car's racing in.

Nestling in that mean-looking front-end is a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8.

Ferrari, Ford, Aston Martin, Porsche and Corvette, you have a new challenger: BMW. We've also heard that there's already an M8 under development.

"The BMW M8 GTE is our new GT flagship and will go head to head with the strong opposition in this sector", says Marquardt. With the BMW M8 GTE, we are bringing cutting-edge technology to the top worldwide class of GT racing, whilst at the same time tying in with our tradition at Le Mans.

"Development is on schedule, and we can hardly wait to see the auto challenging for victories in 2018".

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