According to Automobile Magazine, the new BMW CEO Harald Krüger and R&D chief Klaus Fröhlich, have axed some future projects, including the i8S, M8 supercar, 9 Series Coupe, Z2 Roadster and 2 Series GT. Several MINI concepts are said to have been canceled as well.
The only survivor? The BMW i5 due out in 2019.
The news come as a surprise since out of the bunch, at least the i8S made the most sense. BMW is said to plan some exciting concepts for next year to celebrate the company’s 100th birthday. The i8S was rumored to be the supercar of the future, based on the i8 but with more power and even more exclusive looks.
The Z2 Roadster cancelation is also a surprise since hints were given before that a small premium roadster is needed in the lineup. Maybe with the also rumored Z5 Roadster, BMW saw no need to sell another roadster in a segment that has been decreasing over the last few years.
As always, we advise you to take these rumors with a big grain of salt, so far none of the “now axed” models were acknowledged by BMW, so the company might still have some surprises prepared for us next year.