BMW is reportedly considering plans for a new series that would be placed above the existing 7 Series. The new series will be called the ‘8 Series’. BMW has considered the new series to compete with the likes of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class. The S-Class enjoys phenomenal sales worldwide and BMW is now looking to compete with it through the new 8 Series. The BMW 8 series was in production from 1989 to 1999 and was powered by a V8 or a V12 engine. BMW fans have long desired a replacement for the 8 Series Coupe of the 90s.
Currently, BMW is reported to be considering two proposals for the new 8 Series. One of them is a four door coupe. The other option would be a more traditional 2 door coupe, with a cabriolet option to be quite likely. In the past when such reports surfaced in 2013, BMW had repeatedly dismissed them. It was then that BMW had revealed a concept of the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe Concept which could serve as a precursor to the upcoming 8 series.
We estimate that a concept vehicle would be unveiled by 2018 and a production model would follow by late 2019-2020. The new concept should be based on the existing 7 Series and should be priced lesser than the Rolls Royce Ghost. BMW has a penchant for multiple models in a given series and it would not be surprising if all the two options making it to production. A Gran Coupe version can serve as a flagship for the series.
The current 6 series Gran Coupe is priced below the 7 Series and at a hefty premium when you compare it with a suitable model from the 5 Series. Given that, we estimate that the 8 Series would start at a base price of $100,000. While it may not compete with the S-Class sales as much, it would still make a tidy profit for the German Automaker.
Take a look at the gallery of the BMW 8 Series. Those cars look stunning or what!