The BMW 8 Series will return in 2018 confirms BMW boss as BMW look to deliver a new 8 Series Grand Tourer to sit at the top of the range.
But since its demise the closest BMW has come to replacing it is the BMW 6 Series – really a coupe version of the 5 Series – with the luxury 7 Series sitting at the top of the range.
But that’s all about to change as BMW confirms it is to launch a new 8 Series in 2018, creating once again a halo Grand Tourer for the BMW range.
Bridging the gap between the current BMW range and the Rolls Royce Wraith, the new 8 Series will be a big two-door coupe (and convertible too, we expect) to challenge cars like the Mercedes S Class Coupe and the Bentley Continental GT.
BMW has already been busy trademarking suitable monikers for the new 8 Series, with 825, 830, 835, 845, 850, 860 and M850 already bagged, suggesting a wide range of power options are at least under consideration.
Based on the 7 Series platform, the new 8 Series will offer a bigger, more luxurious take on the current 6 Series, but where does that leave the 6 Series?
It seems likely that BMW will reposition the 6 Series from being a Grand Tourer in to something which can challenge cars like the Mercedes AMG GT and the Porsche 911, which sounds as appealing a prospect as the new 8 Series.
With BMW confirming the arrival of the new 8 Series for 2018, we could see a concept as early as this Autumn, and perhaps a production version at the Geneva Motor Show in 2018.
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