For BMW chief Harald Krüger the new Eight will “add a genuine dream car to our line-up… a true luxury sports coupe that will underpin our claim to leadership in the luxury segment.” The BMW AG chairman confirmed the long-awaited and much-rumoured new car’s existence at the company’s annual meeting on May 11th.
Like the 1989-launched 8-Series – itself a bit of a technology leader – the new version is sure to make the most of the hi-tech electronics and construction of the latest 7-Series. Carbon-core construction should help what was one of the previous 8-Series’ less than impressive strengths, its high weight.
The new Eight will still be a big beast with passenger room and large boot – a big step up on the 6-Series in every way, just as the original model aimed to be. Judging from the teaser image, there’s a good chance the all-round fully retracting windows and pillarless design that distinguished the original will make it to the new version.
What will the badge on the back say? 860 has to be a contender, mirroring the latest V12-powered 760 saloon flagship. As with the first-gen Eight, which was produced between 1989-99, V8 engine options are also likely to be available, maybe with the 7-Series hybrid e drivetrain. Also on the cars has to be a cabriolet version. That, along with an M8, was considered for the original 8-Series but never made production.