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.
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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.
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.