Possible Maybach-fighting BMW 9 Series could be in the works

News, Rumors | August 23rd, 2018 by 9
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I almost doesn’t matter what flagship car a brand has, journalists and enthusiasts will always want to know if there’s room for a more premium, more expensive and, ultimately, more exciting car to replace it. In the case of BMW and its new 8 Series, there may actually be something to sit above it in the future. According to a new report from Autocar, a flagship BMW 9 Series may be in the works to take on Mercedes-Maybach.

When asked about a possible BMW 9 Series, the brand’s design chief Adrian van Hooydonk said “Let’s say this: we won’t stop here [with the 8 Series]. Obviously our job is to have more ideas than the company can build, because the other way round would be very bad.”

We hear a lot about the year 2021 from BMW, as that’s when a lot of new and exciting cars will be debuting. However, van Hooydonk admits that BMW is looking far past that. “My team and I are now looking at 2021 and beyond – as far out as 2030. We have a lot of plans.”

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If such a car were to exist, it’s likely that it would be an ultra-premium model designed to compete in the most luxurious of segments. It’s also said that a BMW 9 Series would be an ultra high-end four-door coupe, likely dubbed a Gran Coupe. That means it would compete with cars like the Mercedes-Maybach S600, upcoming Aston Martin RapidE and maybe even the Bentley Continental GT.

Now, maybe BMW doesn’t need to play in that segment, being that it has Rolls Royce for that and the next-gen Wraith could be such a car. Though, it would be exciting to see a BMW 9 Series that sits way above everything else in the BMW lineup and really flexes its luxury muscles. Nothing is for certain at the moment but at least we know it’s possible.

[Source: Autocar]

9 responses to “Possible Maybach-fighting BMW 9 Series could be in the works”

  1. Icebreakerr says:

    great news make it like the FVL concept and it will be perfect.

  2. Michael says:

    lol… but wouldn’t a 9 be a sedan? or did they decide that their weird ass numbering system just wasn’t good enough for the ultra elite?

  3. PK says:

    then what’s the point for rolls royce?

    • Icebreakerr says:


    • Philip George says:

      Rolls Royce is in a completely different price bracket and for ultra rich. There are folks who want ultra-luxury but want it in a BMW as they may feel Rolls Royce is too “out there” or showy. BMW have to fill the gap between their current lineup and entry level Rolls Royce anyway. Sp this makes sense although I still think the 9 series will be a renamed version of the next generation i8. It will still be carbon fibre built with dihedral doors powered by electric motor plus 6 cylinders and called 9 series. It may also have M-performance version. It will have a full M9 version with a V8 in the rear engine bay, wider track tyres, aggressive body kit etc. And it will also have full electric version called i9.

  4. Arunabh says:

    Instead of this, can Adrian Van Hooydonk focus on bringing more aesthetic flair and distinctive BMW charm back to the designs of most current BMWs?

    It can surely bring lot more customers without adding new models.

  5. Ofentse Letsholo says:

    I just want more EVs, 1000km(630mil) range on a single charge. My love for ICE cars has died, I just want to charge a car.

  6. pervertt says:

    BMW needs to be careful with its model numbering. At this rate, it’s going to run out of numbers soon.

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