A BMW M8 would be the Ultimate Driving Machine

Rumors | February 28th, 2016 by 8
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The one-off BMW 8 Series topic was back this week in full force. Reports from Germany – quoting BMW sources – mentioned a possible market launch for the high-end BMW sometimes in 2020. BMW fans have long desired a replacement for the beloved 8 Series coupe of the ’90s and BMW has been toying with our emotions on the subject for the past few years, teasing us with rumors and concepts only to later deny the plans for such a car.

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A new BMW 8 Series would serve as the brand’s flagship, in terms of both technology and luxury, being the ultimate in luxury grand touring. According to some insiders in Munich, BMW has two different layout ideas for the upcoming 8 Series and both of them have been put in front of Harald Krueger, BMW’s CEO, who is currently in the works of expanding BMW’s model lineup near the top, with the addition of new luxury vehicles to compete with Mercedes-Benz’s S Class Coupe.

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So let’s assume for a second that the 8 Series is a done deal which will lead – normally – to the following question: Will BMW build an M version of it? The BMW M8 is a unicorn, especially considering BMW has only built a one-off model which never made it in production. Today, speaking to CarAdvice, BMW M product manager Carsten Pries made it clear that an M8 – or 8 Series M performance model – would appear to be a logical conclusion, but he refrained from confirming any 8 Series plans.

“If our BMW AG colleagues ever decided to build an 8 Series, we would obviously look at it,” he said. Furthermore, when asked about the development of an M car, Pries suggested that getting involved sooner is always better.

“As early as possible, or as early as necessary,” he said.

“When we do the paperwork at the strategic early phase, then we have the biggest possibility to influence what will be developed as a base model,” Pries said.

Whether BMW needs an M8 flagship is another topic, but certainly most of the customers are looking for that halo car that will not only emphasize the historical sportiness of the brand, but will also showcase the tech of the future which is much more than raw power and big engines.

 

8 responses to “A BMW M8 would be the Ultimate Driving Machine”

  1. Kaisuke971 says:

    An M2 CSL has more chance to be the ultimate driving machine than a potential M8 imo. In fact, when you think about it, the E30 M3 Sport Evo is more considered like the ultimate bimmer than the M1 actually (just the E30 in general but the SE is the best one basically).

    Yes the M1 is like the only BMW supercar and very rare and stuff but man when people say “BMW is an awesome brand”, you’re pretty sure they’re going to talk about the E30. The E30 was just the center piece of BMW’s history, a turning point. And i’m feeling like the M2 is just giving us that same thing right now, which is nice.

    • Senne says:

      You’re totally right! An 8 Series/ M8 would be awesome, it would be the perfect Luxury Gran Tourer. But it would not be The Ultimate Driving Machine, because such a Bimmer has to be lightweight. And that’s exactly what a possible M2 CSL would be. :)

    • Seven23 says:

      What if the future 8-series was inspired and based on the i8 ?

    • Seven23 says:

      What if the new 8-series inspired and based on the i8 ?

  2. DemiFaust . says:

    BMW needs an 8-Series Gran Tourer (Coupe, Convertible, maybe Gran Coupe too) successor to compete with the S-Class Coupe/ Convertible but the Ultimate Driving Machine we all have been waiting for is a mid-engined supercar, an M1 successor. A huge and heavy, uber-luxurious GT is not the answer.

  3. John says:

    “certainly most of the customers are looking for that halo car that will not only emphasize the historical sportiness of the brand, but will also showcase the tech of the future which is much more than raw power and big engines.”

    Who said the tech of the future was big engines??

  4. John says:

    The only way this car could be the Ultimate Driving Machine would be if it weighed as much as a 1 series.

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