• No BMW 8-Series return just yet - Decision 'ways' off on whether to bring back the 8

      Remember the BMW Gran Lusso Coupe concept introduced in May of this year? The concept hinted at what a production BMW 8-Series might look like. The 8-Series has no been in production since 1999 meaning over a decade has passed since the last time BMW sold an 8-Series. With the Gran Lusso Concept, the thought of bringing the car back possibly a rival to the Mercedes-Benz CL was tossed around. Despite the successful reception of said concept, the 8-Series will not enter production any time soon.

      BMW R&D chief Herbert Diess told Autocar the following, "The Gran Lusso concept was very well received. We’re looking into the possibility of production, but a decision is still a way off.”

      Basically the 8-Series may return and BMW may target the Mercedes CL as well as Bentley Continental GT. If BMW determines it will make money for the brand, they will do it. The door is open for an 8-Series return.


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      Comments 9 Comments
      1. alex@ABRhouston's Avatar
        alex@ABRhouston -
        Ah, the space shuttle.

        i have worked on a BUNCH of these cars. I like em, they are DIEING for a LS3 swap.
        big heavy $#@!es, but they are nice to drive and comfortable.
        we have one at the shop.... Anyone wanna buy it? Click here to enlarge
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        I have to say an LS swap makes a ton of sense for 8's.
      1. Flinchy's Avatar
        Flinchy -
        a 5+L V12 just isn't enough? :/
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Flinchy Click here to enlarge
        a 5+L V12 just isn't enough? :/
        That motor is not exactly cheap, reliable, or efficient.
      1. alex@ABRhouston's Avatar
        alex@ABRhouston -
        Eggsactry.
        they are murder to diagnose (correctly) and rediculous expensive for parts.


        ls3 and an auto for easy cruising.
      1. whoosh's Avatar
        whoosh -
        All they need to do is make a real 6'er (I.e. not 4,000+ lbs) and then rebadge the current 6'er as an 8, turn up the boost, and add refrigerators and other upper-crust features.
      1. Remonster's Avatar
        Remonster -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by whoosh Click here to enlarge
        All they need to do is make a real 6'er (I.e. not 4,000+ lbs) and then rebadge the current 6'er as an 8, turn up the boost, and add refrigerators and other upper-crust features.
        Agreed, the next 6 should become more sporty and light-weight while the 8 series takes over as a much more luxurious CL-style coupe. I actually think the 6 series should be a little shorter and have only two seats especially since we now have a 6 Gran Coupe for people who want to actually use the back seats.
      1. Sticky's Avatar
        Sticky -
        There is definitely some overlap between the 6 and the 8. The 8 would have to get even heavier, longer, and bigger. It would also likely have a V12 option then.
      1. klipseracer's Avatar
        klipseracer -
        Click here to enlarge Originally Posted by Sticky Click here to enlarge
        There is definitely some overlap between the 6 and the 8. The 8 would have to get even heavier, longer, and bigger. It would also likely have a V12 option then.
        At this rate, it would have a boost v10.