The BMW M8 GTE and the BMW 8 Series Coupe were on the same race track in Le Mans this past weekend. The two cars are part of the 8 Series family and for the first time, as BMW said, the race car arrived before the production model is based on. The 8 Series Coupe was just unveiled in Le Mans, while the M8 GTE has been racing since the beginning of 2018.
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Ahead of the 24 hrs of Le Mans, where unfortunately BMW Motorsport only finished 12th, the two models were part of the grid before a quick lap together.
Although the racing car differs from the road vehicle in many aspects, the similarities between the two variants are obvious. While the performance of the rear-wheel drive BMW M8 GTE is not communicated in detail – but expected at around 500 hp – the performance of the BMW M850i Drive is no secret: 530 hp are distributed to all four wheels.
The new 8 Series will be at the forefront of every marketing plan deployed by BMW in the next months. Apart from the car’s importance, as it brings back a nameplate after a 20-year hiatus, the new 8 Series is probably going to be the most expensive model in the range, topping the 7 Series in this department.
Klaus Fröhlich (Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Development): “As a rule, we develop vehicles for the road and then bring them onto the racetrack. For the first time, we took a different approach in the BMW 8 Series: We developed the car and successfully used it in races. These experiences have flowed into the street version. From the racetrack to the road – you experience that every second. ”
Pieter Nota (Member of the Board of Management of BMW AG, Sales and Brand BMW): “Le Mans is the most fascinating and prestigious sports car endurance race ever. It is a sporty yet luxurious stage and therefore just right for the world premiere of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe. This car embodies pure power, passion and performance. It offers our customers the perfect combination of a dynamic sports car and pure luxury. The BMW 8 Series Coupé is the true essence of a BMW Coupé. ”