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BMW to Resurrect 8 Series
BMW Readying Answer to S-Class Coupe, Cabrio

The BMW 8 Series is back! Munich is working on a sporty coupe and convertible to take the fight to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and Cabrio.

BMW had originally planned to tackle Stuttgart’s plush, fast two-doors with the 9 Series – think big coupe and convertible packed with 7 Series-level toys – but the cars were ditched because insiders realized they’d lack enough advanced technology to compete. So now the focus has switched to a car that can be positioned as an emphatically sporty alternative to the two-door S-Class twins.

Slated to launch in late 2019 or early 2020, the 8 Series will be one of the last BMWs to be built off the CLAR architecture, elements of which are used in the 3, 5, 6, and 7 Series. That means there can’t be a pure EV version – no room in the structure for the batteries – but a plug-in hybrid with a four- or six- cylinder internal combustion engine is planned. A V-12 will fit, but the lighter 4.0-liter V-8 (rated at 650hp in M trim) and a 450hp 3.0-liter straight six are the logical choices for the volume-selling models.

BMW will aim to make the 8 Series lighter and more agile than the S-Class two-doors, yet offer similar room aboard for four passengers. There won’t be a four-door 8 Series Gran Coupe, however, for fear of cannibalizing 7 Series. There won’t be a 6 Series Gran Coupe, either; the 6 Series coupe and convertible are being mothballed because neither has the dynamic talent to be a true 911 fighter, and a four-door 6 Series would be an orphan in the lineup.
 

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some more from the BMW Blog.:surprise:



According to our sources – and now sources close to Automobile Magazine – BMW is looking to move into a higher-end market developing a four-door coupe – and potentially other variants – to compete with the likes of Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe. To do so, BMW will resurrect the iconic BMW 8 Series nameplate. The report says that BMW had originally planned to tackle Benz with a fast two-doors with the 9 Series packed with 7 Series technology and features, but the plan has been scrapped when BMW realized it might not have enough advanced technology to compete.

And this is where the 8 Series comes into play. The super high-end car will be one of the last BMWs to be built off the CLAR architecture, elements of which are used in the 3, 5, 6, and 7 Series. BMW will aim to make the 8 Series lighter and more agile than the S-Class two-doors, with significant interior space. While further details are still being kept under the rug, Automobile says that there won’t be a four-door 8 Series Gran Coupe, for fear of cannibalizing 7 Series.

As a direct consequence of the new 8 Series, the 6 Series Gran Coupe will also disappear from the lineup – and as we previously mentioned – it will hand over the Gran Coupe badge to the upcoming 5 Series GT.

Back in May, it was discovered that the Munich-based company registered a few more nameplates for the 8 Series range, from 825 to 830, 835, 845, 850 to the M-branded M850 and M8.

The top 8 Series model – presumably the 850i – will be powered by a 4.0 liter V8 turbocharged engine, but a combination of four- or six-cylinder engines are also planned. As BMW goes through an electrification process, a plug-in hybrid 8 Series is also on the table.
 

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BMW had originally planned to tackle Benz with a fast two-doors with the 9 Series packed with 7 Series technology and features, but the plan has been scrapped when BMW realized it might not have enough advanced technology to compete.

ROFL!

Brains to MB!

Photocopier operatives to BMW!
 
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