Die-hard BMW fans are sure to be thrilled that the company is returning to the iconic 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race. And now, there’s even more to look forward to, as the company has announced it will use the hype around the event to reveal the new BMW 8 Series coupe. It will be the first BMW to be badged an 8 Series in nearly two decades.
There’s even a teaser shot of the new vehicle is this promotional pic behind weapons-grade race car BMW will field in this year’s contest, and from what we can tell, it looks a lot like the concept which debuted at the ritzy Villa d’Este concours last year. All signs point to the new 8 Series being powered by a twin-turbo V8 with 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of twist. All the power will likely be routed to all four corners through an eight-speed automatic, which we’d bet will allow drivers a rear-wheel drive option, much like the current all-wheel drive M5 does. Unfortunately, we don’t expect a proper manual to be on the options list.
As to exactly which flavor of 8 Series will bow before the famous French race, we’re not sure. But the consensus seems to be that we’ll see the standard model first, and an M variant will arrive a little later this year. If we had to bet on it, we’d say the “Motorsport” version will boast even more power than the M5, which is currently packing a hardly insubstantial 600 horsepower.
We’ll have more coverage of the new BMW 8 Series after the reveal next month, but expect to see these babies at your local AutoNation-affiliated BMW dealer before the end of the year.