8 Series Coupe is Coming Next Year, BMW Finally Confirms

Steph Willems
by Steph Willems
8 series coupe is coming next year bmw finally confirms

It once sat at the pinnacle of BMW’s model podium, but cutting-edge technology, German opulence and a choice of eight or twelve cylinders couldn’t keep the 8 Series in production. It was only rival Mercedes-Benz’s decision to push the S-Class into the luxury stratosphere that compelled the Munich automaker to consider climbing the luxury ladder again.

Now, a year after the automaker trademarked a slew of 8 Series model names and insider sources assured us of its return, BMW has officially confirmed it. The 8 Series will reappear next year.

Before we get a look at the successor to the gorgeous 1989-1999 8 Series, we’ll first have to wait as BMW parades around a design concept. That show car — meant as an “exclusive look ahead” to the upcoming model — will appear at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este on May 26.

Until then, there’s a teaser photo to mull over.

“The BMW 8 Series Coupe will build on our tradition of luxurious sports coupes and add a genuine dream car to our line-up – a slice of pure automotive fascination,” said Harald Krüger, BMW AG’s board chairman, in a statement. “The 8 Series Coupe will underpin our claim to leadership in the luxury segment. I can tell you today that this will be a true luxury sports coupe.”

Going by what we can see of the design concept, BMW is going for sleek athleticism with the resurrected 8 Series. The model is expected to appear in coupe form in late 2018. A convertible should follow, along with sportier M variants.

Because of the wide range of trademarked model names, it’s safe to assume well-heeled buyers will have some choice in powerplants. A 12-cylinder option is expected to return — after all, what’s the point in owning Rolls-Royce if you can’t spread around components? One thing is for certain: the 8 Series will certainly not come cheap, given its status as a bridge between BMW’s 7 Series and the Rolls range.

A source tells Automotive News Europe pricing will start around $165,000.

[Image: BMW AG]

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  • Tele Vision Tele Vision on May 11, 2017

    This should make the Gen I 850i V12 more than merely cheap - it should be free! There's one in my area but I'm too busy to own one.

  • RHD RHD on May 12, 2017

    In my town (and probably in many, many others), the most inconsiderate, self-absorbed and infraction-committing I'm-in-a-hurry-so-screw-all-of-you drivers are in Mustangs and BMWs. The Mustangs are driven by the children of the wealthy, and I don't know, or care to know, who are driving the BMWs. So the announcement of another line of expensive, opulent and fast BMWs is about as exciting as a 2-for-1 sale at the Piggly Wiggly on cottage cheese. It's automotive news, sure, but for 99% of real people it's irrelevant and just a tad bit annoying.

  • Tassos And all 3 were ordered by Fisker's mother. Seriously, given Fisker's terrible record of Failure in the past, only an utter loser, (for example, VGhost or Art Vandelay?), looking for a BEV terrible enough to be a proper replacement of his 11 mile range Fiat 500E, would order one of these. (apart from Fisker's mother)
  • Tassos And all 3 of them were ordered by Fisker's mother.Seriously, after Fisker's DISMAL record of UTTER FAILURE in the past, only a GOD DAMNED MORON would order this one.
  • RHD Any truth to the unconfirmed rumor that the new, larger model will be called the bZ6X? We could surmise that with a generous back seat it certainly should be!
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  • GregLocock Two adjacent states in Australia have different attitudes to roadworthy inspections. In NSW they are annual. In Victoria they only occur at change of ownership. As you'd expect this leads to many people in Vic keeping their old car.So if the worrywarts are correct Victoria's roads would be full of beaten up cars and so have a high accident rate compared with NSW. Oh well, the stats don't agree.https://www.lhd.com.au/lhd-insights/australian-road-death-statistics/