BMW is set to bring back their magic number 8 to the table as the company’s flagship that will go against the very popular Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe.
Last year, the W222 S-Class outsold the 7 Series by a ratio of almost one to four, becoming the default choice for “taukehs” with over 125,000 units sold worldwide as compared to the 36,364 units shifted by BMW. Seeing this, the Bavarian company needs to do something, and they’re going to give everything they’ve got with the next-generation 8 Series.z
As expected of a flagship model, BMW says the new 8 series will be equipped with state-of-the-art driveline components, multi-material architecture, electrical system and connectivity solutions derived from the newly launched G11 7 Series. A four-door or two-door coupe layout are among the options planned for the new 8 Series.
The four-door coupe will be more or less the same, conceptually, with the 6 Series Gran Coupe, while the coupe may be available in cabriolet form too. For sure, the 8 Series will be based on an existing G11 7 Series and will not compete against the Rolls Royce Ghost.
However, we might need to see the 8 Series concept earliest by 2018 before a possible production by 2020. The original 8 Series was launched in 1989 as a Gran Tourer and went on sale for a decade.