BMW partly shows the 8 Series Coupé, debut set for June 15

Right before the 24 Hours of Le Mans race kicks off, that is

BMW’s return to Le Mans after a seven-year hiatus will see the M8 GTE get on the asphalt but Munich is also brewing a meaningful debut for the 8 Series Coupé.

In other words, on the eve of the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, BMW will unveil the new 8 Series Coupé which was, in fact, developed in parallel with the M8 GTE.

The announcement comes in the wake of BMW’s decision to unveil some technical details of the 2018 M850i xDrive Coupé a few weeks ago.

As things stand right now, the M850i xDrive will rely on a 4.4-liter V8 engine making 390 kW (523 hp), 50 kW (67 hp) more than it makes inside the BMW G30 550i xDrive sedan. Torque also took a 100 Nm (74 lb-ft) bump and now stands at 750 Nm (553 lb-ft).

The V8 is married to BMW’s Steptronic eight-speed automatic gearbox tweaked for quicker shift times, says the carmaker, while the list of mechanical gimmicks includes electronically controlled dampers, an active rear axle diff and most likely an all-wheel-drive setup similar to that used for the current BMW F90 M5.

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