Four-door coupes are currently a fast growing market. With the success of the Mercedes-Benz CLS, other luxury auto makers are realizing the need for a four-door coupe in their model lineup. Audi is already hard at work with Audi A7, which it confirmed earlier this March, and Porsche is almost done developing their Panamera. So what’s BMW’s answer? To bring back the BMW 8-Series as a four-door coupe.
Since the BMW 7-Series doesn’t fit the company’s sports car philosophy and will never be made as an ‘M,’ BMW CEO Reithofer is trying to push for the 8-Series to become the company’s four-door sports coupe.
BMW boss Norbert Reithofer wants to leave fresh model ideas, which can inspire potential premium customers, the new 8 Series is seen as a direct competitor to the Aston Martin Rapide & the Porsche Panamera. In this new market for Luxury four-door Sport Coupés. So a new sport model on based on the next 7-Series is to come out of Munich. No M-model is planned, top of the range is to be the 860i V12 with 500 BHP, other models will range from 835sd with twin-turbo diesel developing 286 BHP, & an 850si with the 4.4 Litre V8 petrol with twin-turbo’s & 400 BHP.
The old BMW 8-Series saw the end of production in 1999, which was built in a V12 version that produced 300-326 horsepower and a V8 version that produced 286 horsepower. If the 8-Series goes back into production expect horsepower output to be substantially above 350.