Next-gen BMW 8 Series could be pared to an electric Gran Coupe

BMW Blog site spoke to “sources with a good keep track of document” about what is actually in retailer for the 8 Series. The rumors seem like BMW is continuing down the highway advised previously this yr of killing the 8 Collection coupe and convertible, retaining just the Gran Coupe for the up coming generation owing in 2026 or thereabouts. The new twist in the scuttlebutt is that this next-gen 8 GC would be battery-electrical only. BMW Blog site didn’t point out a tidbit from a report in January that the 8 Collection lineup would branch off into a 7 Series design and merge with the 4 Collection to start a new 6 Series lineup, but combining these two nuggets appears plausible. The 7 vary has been remade with ICE and electric versions. A electric 8 Series Gran Coupe would turn out to be a 7 Collection Gran Coupe, while the ICE 8 Collection coupe and convertible would be parlayed into a new 6 Collection. 

Of course, this is all speculation. What’s not speculative are the gross sales figures for the 8 Collection. The coupe, cabriolet, and Gran Coupe appear to be on monitor for an additional once-a-year product sales tally of 7,000-8,000 units in the U.S., exact same as they’ve done the past two a long time right here. Figures are perfectly down this yr in Europe, even though, just as they have been in 2021 in contrast to 2020.

There are continue to a good deal of thoughts. BMW Weblog suggests the automaker “might be looking at simplifying the 8 Series lineup and preserving only the finest marketing merchandise.” Based mostly on the whispers so much, we are not absolutely sure if everything is being simplified or if it can be simply currently being converted to electric and/or relabeled. If BMW’s carrying out like just about every other automaker, pruning lineups both to help you save dollars for widescale electrification and increase output in the deal with of supply shortages, it would make feeling to trim the 8 variety to a sportier electric 7 Sequence Gran Coupe. Say the 4 Collection and 8 Sequence coupes and convertibles are employed to resurrect a 6 Collection coupe and convertible — superficially, that’s reducing two cars. But it strains perception to think the 4 would die and BMW would depart the 3 Sequence with out a coupe or convertible solution. If the 4 Series dies but the 3 Sequence picks up a single or two new variants — which would be the old variants that turned the 4 Sequence — it really is feasible no automobiles are removed.

What is actually crystal clear is that the earth of massive luxurious sedans and GTs is likely the way of the electron. The Taycan is previously right here. Maserati just revealed its GranTurismo Folgore. Audi’s received an electric powered A9 E-Tron reportedly coming in 2024, a Bentley EV is thanks a year or two later on. Jaguar’s explained to be heading all-electric with a trio of crossovers in 2024, but we would not be stunned at an electric powered XJ or new GT showing around the time the following 8 Collection is predicted to debut. BMW Weblog suggests the Munich automaker has right until about a few several years right before launch to make a choice, that means ideas would start firming up all around a 12 months from now.