BMW 8 Series gets an official codename: G14/G15

Rumors | August 13th, 2016 by 59
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If there was any need for further confirmation, you have it now: the upcoming BMW 8 Series is a go and it even received an …

If there was any need for further confirmation, you have it now: the upcoming BMW 8 Series is a go and it even received an internal codename: G14/G15. Just like the rest of the BMW family, the 8 Series will have its chassis code and interesting enough, is the same Gxx designation used by the 7 Series (G11/G12), future 5 Series (G30/G31) and new 3 Series (G20).

Earlier today, a report by Automobile Magazine came to confirm our exclusive report – BMW is indeed relaunching the 8 Series model. The new BMW flagship model not only aims to compete with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe, but it will also replace the 6 Series Coupe and Convertible.

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BMW won’t completely eliminate the 6 Series badge, but it would rather focus on a Porsche competitor, with a different pedigree than the one we’ve been accustomed to. At the same time, BMW will aim to make the 8 Series lighter and more agile than the S-Class two-doors, with significant interior space.

The Bavarians have already reserved some badges for the 8 Series lineup, from 825 to 830, 835, 845, 850 to the M-branded M850 and M8. What remains unknown at the moment are the differences between the G14 and G15 chassis codes. Is BMW preparing two separate bodystyles? Or will it use the playbook from the 7 Series with a short and long wheelbase variants?

That’s unclear at the moment, but we’re likely to find out way before the 2020 market launch.

59 responses to “BMW 8 Series gets an official codename: G14/G15”

  1. Kaisuke971 says:

    G14 Coupe, G15 Cabrio… Except the 6 Series also seems to have the codename G15, but for its coupe version ?

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    • StupidZombie says:

      One is quite certainly a Cabrio, the other could be a GranCoupe.

      Following some Mercedes rumors, there will be no more 2 door S Coupe. Only 2 door S Cabrio and and 4 door S Coupe.

      If it were technically feasible, maybe even the convertibles would be 4 doors.

      • Elmediterraneo says:

        Mercedes will not drop the 2 door S Coupe.
        These bodytype has his place on the luxury segment, just look at the Aston Martin DB11, the next Bentley Continental GT and now the reutrn of the BMW 8 series.

    • recursiveiterator says:

      The other way around, actually. G14 is the Cabrio, G15 is the Coupe.

    • Icebreakerr says:

      my dreams have come true so excited

  2. John says:

    So the upcoming 8 series is the new 6 series, and the 6 series is going to shrink and become more like a 911?

    • Gabriel Nica says:

      Something like that, only the 8 Series will be a bit bigger and more luxurious than the current 6 Series.

      • Senne says:

        And where will the M4 fit, then? The 6 Series has always been way to big and luxurious to compete with the 911. How can they change that suddenly?

        • Kaisuke971 says:

          The M4 competes against the C63 coupe, the RS5 and the RC F already. People often compare it to the 911 because it’s the closest thing BMW has to it, but it has enough competitors already.

          BMW could made the 650i be a Carrera GTS competitor, and the M6 between the Turbo and the Turbo S (a bit like the X5 M for the Cayenne and the M6 gran Coupe for the Panamera).

        • Gabriel Nica says:

          The M4 will still be challenging the Boxster/Cayman duo as it does today, whether we like to admit it or not. The M6 will be going up against some upper tier 911 models but not the Turbo/Turbo S most likely.

      • Seven23 says:

        What if the 6-Series could rival with GT-R too ?

      • Seven23 says:

        Could 6-Series rival with GT-R ?

    • Alexander S says:

      I think they plan to make 5 series coupe. Just like Merc E classe coupe. And it will be maybe the same size as current 6 series.

      • Kaisuke971 says:

        A 5 Series coupe wouldn’t make sense in BMW’s lineup, it’s either 6 or nothing. I’d lean towards the nothing, it’s not like they’d lose tons of sales. They’d be better off with a 911, AMG GT and F-Type competitor.

        • Icebreakerr says:

          yes this ^ i think they will make a proper 911 competitor they should call it like BMW CSL something

          • Kaisuke971 says:

            It’d be perfect if they just keep the same range, but add of course the 8 Series and use the Z5 as a platform to compete against the AMG GT, the Jaguar F-Type, and the Porsche 911.

  3. Senne says:

    That rendering is so beautiful! :o I wouldn’t mind if it’d look like this!

  4. Indrit Selimi says:


  5. Elmediterraneo says:

    G14 Coupe and G15 Cabriolet
    Forget the 4 cylinder names like 825 and 830 they’re just here for registration reasons.
    The line-up could start with the 840 models with a 4 cylinder hybrid or 6 cylinder petrol only.
    Then here comes 850 models and the M850 could just be a more powerful version to close the gap between 450 PS 850i and 600 PS 860i.
    You forgot to mention the 860 which is also registered but with that V12, it can cannibalise the Rolls-Royce Wraith inside the BMW Group.

    So what about this line-up :
    840e iPerformance : 4 cylinder hybrid 326 PS
    840i : 6 cylinder 340 PS
    850i : V8 450 PS
    M850i : V8 500 PS
    860i : V12 600 PS
    M8 : V8 626 PS (from the next M5 G90)

    • Senne says:

      Now THAT’s more like it!! :-D

    • recursiveiterator says:

      At the moment, 840i, 850i, and 840d are all there is. But it could definitely go the way you’re describing as the model range gets more fleshed out.

    • Icebreakerr says:

      yep i think M8 will go 650 PS +

    • Kaisuke971 says:

      An 840e wouldn’t be right for the brand if the i8 is still around, and apparently it’ll receive a more powerful version (either S or “facelift”), so it’s gonna stick around (until 2022 apparently)… It’s already kinda struggling while BMW wanted to make it their halo futuristic car.

      The 850d could kinda make sense as an entry level engine. It’s a tri turbo diesel with “only” 381 ponies, but an awful lot of torque (740nm). It’d perfectly fit for those who just want a luxurious GT, and don’t really care of the engine. Plus, we never know if BMW can increase its output for the M550d anyway.

      It doesn’t really make sense to put the M850i between the 850i and the 860i, at least that’s now how BMW positions its M Performance cars. I think they’ll just keep the 850i moniker, with as much power as the upcoming M550i (around 500 ponies), or just a tiny bit less (like the M240i and 340i relation). It could be as fast as the S63 if the weight is down enough.

      An 860i wouldn’t cannibalize the Wraith in the same fashion the M760Li doesn’t cannibalize the RR Ghost, it’ll compete directly with the S600. It’d make as much power as the M760Li, 610 horses more likely. It could even be named M860i actually, and compete with both the S63 and the S600 because of it’s performance and the fact it has a V12.

      I feel like an M8 could use the either an eventual S74, or the next gen V12 (B78), with at least 700 horses, because it has to be the most powerful BMW ever there’s no way around. We’re talking about the big boy M8 after all ! It’d be a shame to only put the M5’s engine in it, come on :(

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      • Elmediterraneo says:

        840e : Every regular BMW, especially on that new CLAR platform, must have his own plugin-hybrid version alongside the BMW i line-up. They have to prepare the future.

        850d : Who cares about diesel 8 series, seriously ! And I tell you this as an european where 90% of high end BMW, Mercedes, Audi and even Porsche (Cayenne/Panamera) are sold with a 3.0 liter 6 cylinder diesel. An 850e with 6 cylinder plugin-hybrid is a clever solution for the torque and the fuel economy.

        M850i : Basically a 850i with an M bodykit and +30 or +40 hp. And with a V12 860i and a real M8 (V8) on the line up, that model could be useless.

        860i : Just look how a Mercedes S Coupe look and feel more agile and sporty than a heavy Rolls-Royce Wraith. I don’t say an 860i couldn’t get along with a Wraith within the BMW Group because that’s two different products. But I’m afraid that if a cheaper, sportier and lighter 860i is bad for Wraith sales, BMW could kill that idea of V12 8 series.
        I hope I’m wrong of course, because the original 8 series was known for his V12 engines.

        M8 : It’s clear that a V12 will reminds us the unreleased M8 E31 V12 which shares his engine with the McLaren F1. But look at the competition on sports versions now, the Audi S8 uses a 4.0 liter V8, the Mercedes AMG S63 a 5.5 liter V8 and sooner the new 4.0 liter (facelift or next-gen). The best hypercars of that decade, McLaren P1 and Porsche 918 are also V8 powered. So especillay in that era of lightness and efficiency, the V8 killed the V10 (I miss their sounds) and threatens the V12 on sports context.
        But it seems like the 6 series will be a Jaguar F-Type, Porsche 911 competitor, so maybe it will take on the sports side with a M6 V8 and let the luxury side to the 8 series and the V12 engine.

        • Kaisuke971 says:

          You’re right, a 50e would actually be perfect in the plug-in hybrid role, and they wouldn’t have to use the diesel. Except this powertrain doesn’t exist for now, and i still feel the 40e would be too small for the 8, we’ll see…

          The M Performance cars are at the top of the non-M lineup, that’s why they can’t put it “under” the 860i. They are the bridge between a regular series and an M car. It could have a slight power bump to be faster than the S550, without competing against the S63, and without being an M Performance car, with 480hp.

          People buy the Wraith because it’s expensive, plus it looks and feels like it. A cheaper, sportier, lighter and smaller coupe shouldn’t do much damage. The Wraith is another experience than an S Coupe really, it’s in another segment. Just like the M760Li shouldn’t hurt the RR Ghost.

          The M8 would rival the Bentley Continental GT Speed, the Aston Martin DB11 and the Mercedes-AMG S65 Coupe, they all have a 12 cylinder engine. Even now, you can’t build a big GT/luxury sedan without a 12. That’s why the M760Li exists. But it will be more performant than the Wraith, and the rest of its competitor. It has to… 700hp V12 or nothing.

          • Elmediterraneo says:

            I think a copy paste of the 7 series line up is the best probability and the closest known.
            840i : 6 cylinder 350 hp
            840e : 4 cylinder plugin hybrid 350 hp
            850i : V8 476 hp
            M860i : V12 600 hp

            Look at what they’ve to the 7 series, no sepearate M7 ou V12 models, they’ve taken the 760 and made it one and only M Performance version, even if that’s a wierd positionnement.

  6. Ofentse Letsholo says:

    Just wish it has a unique design and not the copy and paste we see from BMW lately.

  7. Icebreakerr says:

    so happy BMW are making the 8 series. rich people celebs rappers movie stars will be buying this car so lucky

  8. Icebreakerr says:

    i want it to look like the gran lusso concept that was a beauty big beastly elegant the front was like move out of the way poor person. AND it better have the interior of the future luxury concept

  9. Frederico Silva says:

    “…a report by Automobile Magazine”, sure.

    They got all their info from a thread in the bimmerpost forum, like the other car magazines claiming to have exclusive info do.

    Here’s the thread with said info –

    • Horatiu B. says:

      LOL too funny.

      Let me tell you this. We all have our own sources. I knew about the 8 Series since May. From real sources.

      Plus the guy that wrote that article for Automobile, he’s well known, really respected by BMW and gets a lot of scoops.

      BTW. The guy that posts in that forum, posts in other places too. Just FYI.

      • Frederico Silva says:

        Fair enough.

        Why not hyperlink the AM report, though?

        • Horatiu B. says:

          Cause the news about g14/g15 didn’t come from them. If you look at the previous article on 8 Series, they were linked.

          If there is one thing we do here is link to other sources. Bimmerpost deletes every single link some of their forum members post for bmwblog.
          We believe in offering all the news, not just OUR news.

          • Frederico Silva says:

            I’m wasn’t pilling on on that subject anymore, hence the ‘fair enough’.

            My question was because I wanted to read the AM article (since you mentioned it), so i thought it would have been more convenient to the reader to simply have it linked. It’s common practice and I thought it was just an oversight, I’m wasn’t trying to say you don’t link your sources, I know you do, I’ve been coming here for some years.

          • Horatiu B. says:

            You’re right. We should have.

            You should be able to see that link to AM in the previous article.

          • Frederico Silva says:

            Thank you for that, and sorry for the confusion. My original comment was aimed towards AM and not you, though I do see where you’re getting at.

            Time to enjoy the 8 series and wait for some spy shots.

          • Horatiu B. says:

            All good. You know we’re always up for debates :)

            The car is coming for sure. It will just be a while. More curious to see what happens to the 6 series and Gran Coupe. That’s the big mystery for us. Even BMW is debating a lot of things. Even the Z4/Z5 naming is not finalized.

          • Frederico Silva says:

            I know I know, cheers :)

            Indeed, looks like there are some changes coming down the pipe to the naming convention. It appears as if BMW is taking a page off Mercedes book, regarding the changes made to the model names a couple of years ago, to readjust to the market (I guess).

          • Icebreakerr says:

            Horatiu is the best for Bmw news he never lies or says anything false :D

    • recursiveiterator says:

      I believe AM has figured out how to tap the same source as the bimmerpost guy.

      • Horatiu B. says:

        Nope. Trust me, George has his own sources. Same as we do. We often know more than we can post. We were the first to say X2 in Paris, 5 series in Detroit and many other breaking news. We just don’t make a big deal out of it.

        The Bimmerpost guy gets these news differently. Believe me. We know, but we can’t reveal.

        • recursiveiterator says:

          However, the timing feels like a bit too much of a coincidence. The source info becomes available, and the next day both AM and the bimmerpost guy publish the analysis.

          • Horatiu B. says:

            Maybe but there are plenty other times when it didn’t happen in this order.

          • recursiveiterator says:

            Of course. I would never claim that the thread on bimmerpost is the first to learn of everything. Right now I’m looking at just this one instance. And re-reading the AM article, I see only one piece of real news – same exact thing you learned and was posted on bimmerpost – with some historical knowledge and realistic common sense guessing used to put some extra meat on that bone, to make it a nice news item.

            And I’m not saying it’s wrong, or someone should get more credit for this reporting that the other guys. If AM has cracked that particular nut – more power to them. Happy for them to do it, as long as they don’t poison the well, which is getting drier anyway.

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