By on May 11, 2017

[Image: BMW AG]

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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9 Comments on “8 Series Coupe is Coming Next Year, BMW Finally Confirms...”

  • avatar

    “a slice of pure automotive fascination”

    Gag. Fire the PR flack who came up with that stinker.

    Also: no way the 8-series will start $40k higher than the S-Class coupe.

    • 0 avatar

      “Also: no way the 8-series will start $40k higher than the S-Class coupe.”

      That’s what I was thinking. You want to steal customers away from the S-Class coupe. Pricing it that much higher doesn’t help.

      “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.”

      LOL. yeah a segment they gave up on years ago and they’ll “claim leadership”.

  • avatar

    Steph: this article is pure Guish. If your were submitting for MT or R&T I would understand. This car is rubbish from a driver’s perspective. No glass. Door sills up to your nose. How is this going to work? You need some visibility so you can find that open space on the 405 and do a 45 degree 8 lane shoot across with out your turn signal as you almost miss Wilshire maneuver.

    I’m sure it will have a 50″ flat screen to one up Tesla. Cameras will replace mirrors, side windows and windshields. This car is about looking cool and that appeals to the brand / prestige customer. Also, why even quote the purchase price as 90% will be leased with the down payment put on the Visa.

    • 0 avatar

      I looked at the teaser pic, and I was “so, BMW decided nobody sits upright and the back seats aren’t even pretend-useful”.

      (Eventually it’ll be drive-by-wire with cameras and screens, and driving completely prone, I guess, like you suggest…)

    • 0 avatar

      Maybe BMW has secretly perfected the level 5 autonomous driving, and we’ll have two rows of sleeper lounge in place of standard car seats.

      As always, these teaser/concept images goes way too far with their exaggerated proportions. (Granted, the spyshots suggests the production model won’t be too much better in terms of visibility)

  • avatar

    10 years ago, you would have had me at 8-series and an M variant.

    My love of BMWs and M cars is not what it once was. Now my response is far more subdued.

  • avatar
    Tele Vision

    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.

  • avatar

    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.

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