Anton Andres / BMW Press | September 08, 2017 17:14
BMW considers giving the 8 Series the Gran Coupe treatment
With the discontinuation of the 6 Series Gran Coupe, BMW is left without a car to compete against the likes of the Mercedes-Benz CLS and Audi A7. However, it seems that BMW is considering giving the 8 Series the four-door coupe treatment. BMWBlog reports that the German automaker is planning a three-pronged attack on the unique niche with a coupe, convertible and the aforementioned four-door coupe.
Should the 8 Series Gran Coupe reach production, it is likely to ride on BMW's latest modular platform, the OKL. The OKL platform utilizes Carbon Core tech, weaving in carbon fiber into the structure itself. This platform was first used in the 7 Series, followed by the 5 Series. It will soon underpin the next-generation 3 Series, X5, 8 Series Coupe and Convertible, and many more of the brand's rear-wheel drive offerings.
Given that BMW is determined to release 40 new models before the decade ends, there is a high possibility of the 8 Series Gran Coupe reaching production. According to BMWBlog, the 8 Series Gran Coupe will have the internal code of G16. As for the convertible and coupe, these cars will be designated as the G14 and G15 respectively. The report also stated that the 8 Series line will have a double wishbone suspension at the front and multi-links at the rear. As for engines, expect it to be carried over from the 7 Series meaning a range of turbo inline six and V8 motors.
The production model of the 8 Series Coupe will make its debut by next year.