6 Series is dead, long live the 8 Series
It’s been more than two years since we heard the rumour for a BMW 8 Series revival for the first time. Over the years, speculations circulated regularly, but nothing was confirmed until today.
Two days ago Automobile Magazine reported the Bavarian manufacturer is working on a sporty coupe and convertible that will rival the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and Cabrio – and this new model will be named the 8 Series. Now, BMW Blog says these two vehicles from BMW have received the G14/G15 internal codenames.
If the information is correct, it basically serves as a confirmation that the 8 Series has received the green light. The project is slated to arrive on the market in 2019 or 2020 and will be the last model from the company to be developed on the CLAR architecture. This fact explains the similarity in the internal codenames of the 8 Series and the current 7 Series (G11/G12), future 5 Series (G30/G31), and new 3 Series (G20).
But having a new flagship coupe means another one has to leave the family. And, in this case, it will be the 6 Series Coupe that will be phased out when the current generation of the model reaches the end of production. Also, the 6 Series Gran Coupe will be eliminated for fear of cannibalizing the 7 Series.
Back to the 8 Series - it should get familiar engines, like the 4.4-litre V8 and the 3.0-litre V6 units, tuned to deliver more power than their current derivatives. A plug-in hybrid with a four- or six-cylinder internal combustion engine is a possibility, while a pure EV is not planned due to the CLAR platform that has no room in the structure for the batteries.
Note: BMW 8 Series rendering by Giom Mouton pictured.