We Now Know When The BMW 8 Series Coupe Will Break Cover

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That date is June 15, the eve of the Le Mans 24 Hours race that the BMW M8 GTE will be contesting. It will mark the first participation of a BMW Motorsport auto in racing since 2011.

The new luxury sports vehicle was developed parallel to the BMW M8 GTE with which BMW Motorsport will take to the Le Mans starting grid for the first time since 2011.

Earlier it became known that 8 Series will debut a new engine, which will be located under the hood top version of the BMW M850i and will replace the V8 N63. "These characteristics define our new sports vehicle in a special way", Klaus Fröhlich, head of development for BMW, said in a prepared statement.

In fact, BMW has teased the 8 Series coupé sans any camouflage, lurking in the shadows behind the 850 GTE racecar. Spontaneous power delivery, captivating agility and the highest degree of precision in extremely dynamic driving situations underscore the sports car's race-proven personality.

Despite its sporting pretensions, BMW claims the new model is "equally as convincing in the role of the sovereign cruiser that pampers its passengers".

Previously, Chairman of the Board of Management of BMW AG Harald Krüger has said that the 8 Series be "the next model in the expansion of our luxury-car offering and will raise the benchmark for coupes in the segment". The increased presence in this segment is one of the fields of action defined by the BMW Group in its NUMBER ONE NEXT strategy.

From the sound of it, we won't see the M8 or the production 8 Series Gran Coupe just yet.

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