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    THE ROAD TO LE MANS! / #BMW-M8 / #BMW / #BMW-8-Series / #2018-BMW-8-Series / #2018 / #BMW-M8-GTE / #BMW-Motorsport

    No sooner had BMW announced that it was bringing the 8 Series back from the dead, than we’re standing in front of a car-sized tent, branded with the slightly strange legend ‘Too Many Secrets’, in the car park of the Nürburgring Nordschleife.

    Then, with the metallic bark that’s the calling card of a highly-tuned V8, the vehicle that’s shielded from us fi res into life and, with a rip of Velcro, the veil is removed and we get our first glimpse of the BMW M8. Yes, that’s right, while we’re still coming to terms with the resurrection of the 8 Series, BMW is already working on the high-performance version.

    Frank van Meel, president of M Division said: “The conception and development of the standard BMW 8 Series and the M model run in parallel. The future BMW M8 will build on the genes of the 8 Series, and augment its DNA with added track ability and generous extra portions of dynamic sharpness, precision and agility.”

    At this stage, of course, we don’t know much beyond what BMW is prepared to tell us on the quiet, and what we can see from looking at the heavily-disguised demonstrator in the metal. On the first point, it’s no leap of blind faith to assume that the M8 will run the drivetrain that powers the 2018 M5.

    That means a 4.4-litre turbocharged #V8 developing at least 620hp, with drive going to all four wheels. Hopefully, like the M5, there will also be the opportunity to switch to a two-wheel-drive ‘hero’ setting, for those occasions when you want genuine rear-drive balance.

    In terms of the new model’s presence; well, it’s a big old thing. In profile, just a casual glance is enough to confirm that it makes the outgoing 6 Series look almost delicate and demure. This is BMW’s attempt to distinguish the two; the Eight is going to take up the mantle of the luxury grand tourer, allowing the Six more room to become even more sporty and to properly challenge the Porsche 911.

    On which note, perhaps the most exciting news about the M8 relates to what that M stands for in the first place – the coupé is going to be taking BMW Motorsport back to Le Mans.

    Jens Marquardt, director of BMW Motorsport, explained: “The #BMW-M8-GTE development programme for our Le Mans comeback is in full swing. Developing a new racing car is always exciting and, in the case of the M8 GTE, the anticipation is that much greater still.

    “We’re planning an initial roll-out for later this year, and are scheduling the car‘s race debut in the Daytona 24 Hours in late January, 2018.”

    The new BMW M8 breaks cover at the Nürburgring.

    Big and brawny; it’s likely that the BMW M8 will make use of the existing, M5 drivetrain.
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    A couple of years ago I found an all too tempting PCH-deal on a #BMW-4-Series and I’ve enjoyed two great years of motoring in my #BMW-420d auto Gran Coupé. Unfortunately, the time is coming to hand it back, and with a few thousand sunk and (soon) nothing to show for it, I’m wondering if I should buy something instead this time. I have always fancied a six-cylinder #BMW-E92 Coupé. Having driven numerous ‘high end’ cars that have been ruined by indecisive, slow-witted automatic gearboxes (an E350 Coupé being the most notable) my fear is that stepping backwards from BMWs latest eight-speed auto to a more old-school auto may leave me disappointed, especially knowing how proactive and decisive the latest machinery is when pulling off from a rolling start when coasting up to roundabouts etc. Should I be concerned? Love the magazine, keep up the good work. / #BMW-420d-F32 / #BMW-F32 / #BMW / #BMW-F36
    • Ultimately Matthew the only way to really judge this will be to take an E92 Coupé for a spin yourself but, having sampled the latest ZF eight-speeder,Ultimately Matthew the only way to really judge this will be to take an E92 Coupé for a spin yourself but, having sampled the latest ZF eight-speeder, we fear you’ll be disappointed with the E92. In its day the six-speed auto in machinery such as the 330i was an excellent piece of kit but now you’ve tasted the forbidden fruit in the guise of the eight-speed the sixspeed may feel a little clunky by way of comparison.  More ...
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    Real road test in Poland all new generation Panamera 971 pre-production cars

    / #Porsche-Panamera-V8 / #Porsche-Panamera-II / #Porsche-Panamera-4S / #Porsche-Panamera-4S / #Porsche-Panamera-Turbo / #Porsche / #Porsche-Panamera-971 / #Porsche-971 / #Porsche-Panamera-Turbo-971 / ‏ — at Poland
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