BMW 8 Series Rumors Resurface, as new Maybach Reveal Looms

Rumors | August 17th, 2016 by 1
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A new report surfaced in Germany this week, claiming once again that the rumored BMW 8 Series will get the green light. The guys from …

A new report surfaced in Germany this week, claiming once again that the rumored BMW 8 Series will get the green light. The guys from AutoBild claim that the Munich-based company has already started working on a new model that will be based on the Vision Future Luxury concept and will sit above the 7 Series, filling the gap between the BMW flagship and the Rolls-Royce offerings.

The Mercedes-Benz Maybach reveal planned for this week might be one of the reasons why BMW has decided to move forward with its plans.

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Earlier this week, Mercedes teased the car community with a dark image of a Maybach concept they plan to reveal in full in Monterey this week. Rumors claim it will be a 6-meter long contraption created with a single purpose in mind: to rival Rolls-Royce. On the other hand, the British marque has often reiterated that the new Mercedes Maybach brand is not seen as a competitor in Goodwood.

That leaves room for BMW to bring out a competitor for this new Maybach. The 8/9 Series could be the model that would have a chance against the super luxurious Maybach. Positioned above the 7 Series both in terms of size and luxury, the new 8 Series would feature either a two door coupe format or a four door gran coupe style. Furthermore, all four seats would be individual with plenty of room in every direction especially in the back.

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Luxury would be taken to a level close to what the Wraith has in store, with the best Individual Manufaktur materials being on offer. Under the hood, only the 6.6-liter V12 used on the M760Li xDrive model would be offered at first, with over 600 HP and 800 Nm (590 lb-ft) of torque. A plug-in hybrid is also rumored but it would have considerably more power than the 740e model currently on sale.

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