Production BMW 8 Series to Debut Before 24 Hours of Le Mans

The 850 GTE racecar which premieres with the 8 Series Coupe marks BMW's re-entry into Le Mans for the first time since 2011

The 850 GTE racecar which premieres with the 8 Series Coupe marks BMW's re-entry into Le Mans for the first time since 2011

BMW 8 Series Coupe 2018 will launch later this year at Le Mans.

"The [24 Hours of Le Mans] race is a pure demonstration of passion, dynamics and long-distance capability", explained Klaus Fröhlich, board member of the BMW AG, Development.

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In other words, on the eve of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, BMW will unveil the new 8 Series Coupé which was, in fact, developed in parallel with the M8 GTE.

BMW are teasing its arrival - and its close relationship to the new M8 GTE Le Mans auto - with a single image (above) showing the M8 GTE but with the new production-ready 8 Series lurking in the shadows. "These characteristics define our new sports vehicle in a special way", Klaus Fröhlich, head of development for BMW, said in a prepared statement.

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The BMW 8 Series was first unveiled in concept form at the Concorso d'Eleganza Villa d'Este event - reviving a hallowed BMW nameplate last used in 1999.

The announcement comes in the wake of BMW's decision to unveil some technical details of the 2018 M850i xDrive Coupé a few weeks ago. But based on the prototype we drove back in April, the M850i won't feel like a base model at all.

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The vehicle is also said to benefit from feature such as: adaptive M suspension technology Professional featuring Active Roll Stabilization and 20-inch light alloy wheels boasting high-performance tyres. Owners who want to improve agility even further can add electrically actuated active anti-roll bars. In fact, one engineer went so far as to boast that "99 percent of drivers can't get a better lap time out of a 911 than this auto".

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