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Concept BMW i Vision Dynamics Concept and race prepped M8 GTE hit Frankfurt

13.09.2017

In addition to unveiling the Z4 and 8-series concepts, as well as the new M5 and 6-series GT on the first day of the Frankfurt Motor Show, BMW also used the German showpiece to take the covers off the i Vision Dynamics Concept and fire breathing M8 GTE.

i Vision Dynamics Concept

Previewing what a future four-door electric BMW Gran Coupe could like, the i Vision paints a sleeker picture of what was previously known in patent images as the i5, with the Bavarian giant claiming it to be "dynamic and progressive" with model positioning likely between the i3 and i8.

In-line with BMW's strategy to produce 25 electrified models by 2025, 12 of which being pure electric, the i Vision takes a futuristic styling approach with almost single mould design, H-shaped kidney grille, thin LED headlights, complete glass upper area and even thinner taillights.

While no technical details were revealed, BMW has stated that the i Vision will have a range of 600 km between trips to the plug, a top speed in excess of 200 km/h and 0-100 km/h in four seconds.

M8 GTE

Signalling BMW's renewed focus to top flight endurance racing, including next year's Le Mans 24 hours, the M8 GTE will serve as a replacement for the dated Z4 GTE and M6 GTLM, and also provides a glimpse of what to expect from the new flagship version of the 8-series. In motorsport trim, the M8 GTE is constructed mostly out of ultra light carbon fibre reinforced plastic, and measures 4 980 mm in overall length with a weight of 1 220 kg.

Along with the usual array of aerodynamic tweaks, power for the M8 GTE comes from a 4.0-litre twin-turbo V8, which is regulated to 368 kW with drive going to the rear wheels via a six-speed sequential gearbox. According to BMW, both the block and cylinder head are taken from the production model, again hinting that the road going M8 or even the standard 8-series could use a 4.0-litre engine.

The M8 GTE is expected to make its racing debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, before heading down to La Sarthe in June.

Article written by Autodealer
13.09.2017
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