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BMW confirms Le Mans return by showing prototype M8 at Nürburgring 24h


BMW has confirmed previous rumours about introducing a performance version of the revived 8-series, by unveiling a still heavily camouflaged M8 prototype at the Nürburgring 24 hours this past weekend.

Launched hours after the concept 8-series made its debut at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on the banks of Lake Como in Italy, the still secretive M8 will likely replace the M6 as BMW's hottest luxury coupe, and reportedly ride on the same CLAR platform as 5-and-7-series.

Despite issuing a trademark application in March for engine nomenclatures, no details have so far yet been revealed with reports suggesting the M8 could use the same 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 as the forthcoming all-wheel drive M5, or the 6.6-litre blown V12 from the M760Li xDrive.

At the same time, BMW Motorsport also announced that a race spec M8 GTE will head up its return to the Le Mans 24 hours next year, with the challenger to the Ford GT, Ferrari 488 GTE and Aston Martin Vantage GTE expected to make its official debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.

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