BMW’s answer to the success of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe has recently been spotted testing in the wild: the all-new BMW 8 Series Coupe. The new two-seater flagship model will be based on the luxury 7 Series and set in the market to compete with the S-Class Coupe and Bentley Continental GT.
The new luxury coupe is said to replace the 6 Series coupe of which production will be ceased in 2018. A year later, it’s the 8 Series convertible that will replace the 6 Series convertible. These events however don’t necessarily hint at a dead end for the 6 Series coupe and convertible, as the Bavarian brand is yet to determine whether those models will be replaced.
Although significantly more compact, the design of the new 8 Series is clearly related to that of the 7 series, which leads us to believe that many of the same technologies and drivetrains currently found in the 7 Series will make their way to the new 8 Series Coupe.
An 830d version is likely to be available from the get go, with the more performance oriented engines coming at a later stage. The ones that we’ll be most excited for are the 4.4-liter V8 from the 750i and a possible V12 powerplant.