The BMW 8-Series was a 2-door coupe produced by the German company from 1989-1999. It was powered by a mix six- and eight-cylinder petrol and diesel engines mated to 4-speed automatic transmission, 5-speed automatic transmission, or a 6-speed manual transmission. A new 8-Series model is being rumored to enter the auto world in 2012. This model will take its design inspiration from the Concept Gran Coupe, but will carry the same engine setup as the 8-Series of yore.
The return of the range-topping BMW 8 Series may still be part of BMW’s future, but company officials are trying to quell growing rumors that it’s moving forward with development faster than it actually is.
So in an attempt to finally put to rest the fate of the 8-Series, BMW R&D chief Herbert Diess told Autocar that a decision regarding the top-end coupe’s future is still a long ways away. Take it as good news or bad news but the way the Pininfarina-designed Gran Lusso Concept was received when it was unveiled a few months ago seems to suggest that the German automaker is trying to cover all of its bases before making any decisions. And to be honest, that’s the prudent way to go about it, considering the number of new models that BMW has in the pipeline.
Talking about a car that could still be nixed by BMW execs will take time away from actually developing, building, and promoting its other new models.
But rest assured, BMW still has the the return of the 8 Series in its mind. It’s just not rushing to make any decisions on it. “The Gran Lusso concept was very well received,” Diess told Autocar. “We’re looking into the possibility of production, but a decision is still a way off.”
We’re all pining to see this rumor turn into reality, but we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves just yet. That’s what BMW is at least telling us and we’d be wise to listen for now.
Click past the jump to read about the BMW Gran Lusso Concept by PIninfarina
When BMW collaborated with Pininfarina to create the super-sexy and ultra-luxurious Gran Lusso Coupe, we were all in awe of its massive beauty. At the same time, however, we appear to have been blinded, as reports are emerging that BMW ’s claim that this is a one-off model may be a smokescreen to protect Bimmer’s real motive behind it.
A source within BMW told the folks at Automotive News that there is more to the 2013 Gran Lusso Coupe than meets the eye. This is actually the conceptual version of an anticipated return of the 8 Series – a model that Bimmer dropped from the U.S. lineup in 1997 and altogether in 1999.
With Mercedes offering one of the few full-size luxury coupes – the CL-Class – and the Maserati GranTurismo being the only other feasible option, BMW would be crazy not to hop back into this growing segment.
Unfortunately, even the source that leaked the information is unsure if the 8 Series will make it back, but the insider made it clear that it is a design study that the Bavarian automaker is using to gauge interest in the model.
Click past the jump to read more about the 8 Series
Everyone expects BMW to offer a new supercar sometime in the near future and previous rumors suggested that this new supercar will resurrect the company’s famous M1 name . New rumors, however, suggest that the car will be named the "M8" and that it will be unveiled just in time to celebrate BMW’s centenary in 2016.
The M8 will be one of the three supercars set to arrive from the German market in the coming years. This list includes the successor to the Mercedes SLS AMG and the second generation Audi R8 . Rumors are pointing to the M8 being built on the same carbon-fiber and aluminum chassis as the upcoming BMW i8 in an effort to spread the manufacturing costs across both models. Under the hood will be a V-8 engine that churns up concrete with about 600 horsepower.
Not only will using the BMW i8 platform reduce manufacturing costs, but it will also make the Bimmer supercar much lighter than originally expected.
We will have more details for you in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned!
Talk about BMW’s plans of bringing back the 8-Series isn’t anything new. Initially, it was believed that the production version of the Gran Coupe Concept would carry the 8-Series name, but the company opted for a 6-Series Gran Coupe nomenclature instead, further convincing folks in the industry of the need for another, larger luxury four-door coupe.
Turkish industrial designer, Ismet Çevik, feels the same way, which is why he created an image of what could be the new 8-Series. His image goes against the four door configuration of the 6-Series Gran Coupe and illustrates a true two-door Grand Tourer.
"It’s actually a real rival to the Mercedes CL. Because I think the 6-Series is not a full comparison to the CL-Class. I went a bit further from a CL, and also included Rolls-Royce and Bentley influences. It is definitely a 90′s legend 8-Series. High class, business, luxury and supersport. Created to be new legend for BMW," said Ismet Çevik about his concept.
"It’s true that the Gran Coupe points to a specific model, a saloon with the presence and elegance of a 7-series but a more dynamic, sporty character: much more of a driver’s car. We’re convinced that we should make a car like this."
That car will end up being the 2012 8-Series and will share the same platform as the current 5-series , 7-series , and 5 G. It will be offered with the same mix of six- and eight-cylinder petrol and diesel engines and an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The stylings of the 2012 BMW 8-series will follow the Concept Gran Coupe’s which would leave it with the same long wheelbase, vaulted bonnet with forward-pointing lines, set-back greenhouse, flat silhouette and coupe-style roof line.
We guess BMW might be giving us the proverbial finger considering we never thought this concept’s production version would ever see the light of day. We could still be right, but we hope we’re wrong.
The car will be built bu BMW’s M division, but will not carry a M name: “It will take a couple of years [to get the CS to market],” says BMW M president Ludwig Willisch. "The naming is not defined yet but it will not be an M car".
The 2010 8-Series will be made out of aluminum and carbon fiber to reduce weight for increased performance. One of the engine options will be a 6.0-liter V12 formed by adding two cylinders to the M5’s V10.
BMW’s chief Norbert Reithofer has announced that they will bring back the 8-Series SportCoupe model, that was produced from 1990 to 1999. If will be launched the new 8-Series will compete with Porsche Panamera and Mercedes CLS-Class. The 1990-1999 850/850i BMW models were powered by a V12 engine with an output of 300-326 hp and the 840i was powered by a V8 engine with an output 286 (...)
The 8-series was conceive by BMW as a upper class coupe since 1981, but the project recived the green light three years later.Design of the 8 Series began in 1984, with construction starting in 1986.
BMW used CAD tools, still unusual at the time, to design an all-new body. Combined with wind tunnel testing, the resulting car had a drag coefficient of 0.29, a major improvement from the previous BMW M6/635CSi’s 0.39.