The Unique Sound Stylings of the BMW M8 GTE

BMW's newest, biggest racer is also one of the most interesting sounding on the grid.

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Marshall Pruett

BMW's new twin-turbo V8-powered M8 GTE offers the most interesting sounds in IMSA's WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Trackside, the muted tones warble and reverberate like an alien hovercraft powered by fireworks.

Inside the cabin where the 3.9-liter TTV8 routes both exhausts through a channel cut through the floorpan where the passenger seat would go, you hear the Hyde to its Jeckyll. The 500hp GT brawler, with our audio recorder nestled next to the exhaust tunnel, presents the sound of an angry-crisp motor dominated by electronics that keep the turbos spooled and ready.

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Between the pulling V8, singing transmission, and anti-lag technology that conjures mental images of rocks inside a dryer, the M8 GTE is all kinds of complex as it's hurled around Mid-Ohio by BMW Team RLL drivers John Edwards and Jesse Krohn.

And if you want to hear the M8 GTE in person, head to Lime Rock Park this weekend for IMSA's first all-GT race of the year.

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