BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe considered under G16 chassis code

Rumors | December 22nd, 2016 by 25
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Back in 2014, our own sources said that the future BMW 6 Series will be produced under three new chassis codes – the 6 Series …

Back in 2014, our own sources said that the future BMW 6 Series will be produced under three new chassis codes – the 6 Series coupe (G15), 6 Series cabriolet (G14) and 6 Series Gran Coupe (G16). Fast forward two years later and BMW’s plans for its luxury line have changed. The 6 Series Coupe and Convertible are somewhat confirmed to move under the 8 Series badge. Today, we’ve learned that the Gran Coupe variant is also likely to be sold under the 8 Series badge name.

Using the same G16 chassis, the 8 Series Gran Coupe is likely to arrive in 2018-2019, along with its brothers. It is also worth mentioning that Automobile Magazine had a conflicted report in August of this year. At the time, Automobile said that there won’t be a four-door 8 Series Gran Coupe, for fear of cannibalizing the 7 Series.

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Rendering @Giom Mouton

For the 8 Series, BMW will initially offer two petrol powerplants found in the 840i and 850i, and two diesels – 830d and 840d. The top 8 Series model – presumably the 850i – will be powered by a 4.0 liter V8 turbocharged engine.

Back in May, it was discovered that the Munich-based company registered a few more nameplates for the 8 Series range, from 825 to 830, 835, 845, 850 to the M-branded M850 and M8.

The super high-end car will be one of the last BMWs to be built off the CLAR architecture, elements of which are used in the 3, 5, 6, and 7 Series. BMW will aim to make the 8 Series lighter and more agile than the S-Class two-doors, with significant interior space.

25 responses to “BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe considered under G16 chassis code”

  1. Icebreakerr says:

    can someone answer this. because the 6er has moved up to 8er and it will be more luxurious etc that means the price is going to be higher too correct? it will be way over 100k im sure?

  2. John says:

    Does the current six series have electronic or hydraulic steering?

  3. Bob Morane says:

    A pity BMW turned into a marketing company. 4 Series is just a 2 door 3 Series, nothing really different, 8 Series is not going to be a real one, but a re-badged 6 Series. Z4 will be a Toyota minus reliability.

  4. Elmediterraneo says:

    WTF is going wrong with that 6 or 8 series line-up. The current 6 series was a commercial failure ?
    The beautiful 6 GranCoupe sucks against the A7, Panamera and CLS ? I can’t understand what BMW is doing now.

    What it should be :
    6 Coupe : Mercedes E class Coupe
    6 Cabriolet : Mercedes E class Cabriolet
    6 GranCoupe : Mercedes CLE, Porsche Panamera, Audi A7
    8 Coupe : Mercedes S class Coupe, Bentley Continental GT
    8 Cabriolet : Mercedes S class Cabriolet, Bentley Continental GT Cabriolet
    And drop the ugly 6GT which will be a failure just like the 5GT.

    And that’s it ! There is no need to overcomplicate a huge line-up.

    Your sources comes from BMW insiders ?

    • Kaisuke971 says:

      It’s not that easy. I don’t know if you noticed but the 6 Series isn’t really a direct E-Class competitor, it’s more upmarket (starting at a whopping 85 000€ here in France vs 50k ish for the E), somewhere between the S and the E.

      If they keep the 6 as it is and have an S as well in the line-up, the models will be too close. You might think about making the 8 even more upmarket, but i don’t think the public is ready for that plus the 8 is probably supposed to be a sporty GT which isn’t possible if it’s too big (and also the range-topping will be too close to he Wraith).

      Now that was for the coupes, for the Grand Coupe i think they want to target the Panamera and the CLS more directly, hence the 8 GC.

      • Elmediterraneo says:

        La Classe E coupe est moins chère parce qu’elle a des 4 cylindres contrairement à la Serie 6 qui n’existe 6 ou 8 cylindres.
        Et si tu parles de l’ancienne Classe E coupe, il ne faut pas oublier qu’elle était sur une plateforme de Classe C, ce qui aidait a faire baisser le prix.
        La nouvelle E coupe en revanche est une Classe E à 100% et sera tout a fait comparable à la Serie 6 dans ses versions 6 cylindres.

        Il y’avait une théorie il y’a quelque mois selon laquelle la 6 deviendrait coupé/roadster sportif à la manière des Porsche 911 et Mercedes AMG GT.
        Et la 8 reviendrait en tant que coupe/cabriolet de luxe 4 places.
        Cela serait une bonne idée pour sortir du marché de niche que représentent les coupés basés sur des Serie 5/Classe E et qui ne se vendent pas tant que ça.

        • Kaisuke971 says:

          Non je parle de l’actuelle Classe E. J’aurais du préciser mais oui c’est à modèle équivalent: la E400 démarre à 69 000€ contre 85 300€ pour la 640i par exemple. La différence d’à-peu-près 20 000€ devrait rester valable pour quasiment toutes les variantes.

          Alors oui je pensais que c’est ce qui se serait passé pour la 6, mais finalement quand on voit ce que le prochaine Z4 promet une telle Série 6 n’aurait pas tellement de sens, s’ils positionnent la Z4 entre le 718 et la 911 BMW peut s’en sortir, surtout s’ils arrivent à contenir le poids du véhicule et offrent une Z4 M.

          Le marché n’est pas si mauvais que ça, mais c’est surtout la 4 Portes Gran Coupé qui se vend bien. Ils essaient avec la 6GT de faire un mix entre l’actuelle 5GT et la 6GC pour attirer les clients des deux modèles et les faire converger.

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