The BMW 8-Series is set to make a comeback as the Munich-based automaker develops a rival to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe and Cabriolet duo.
At least that’s the latest news from BMW Blog, who claim that the model has already received the internal codename G14/G15 and will actually replace both the 6-Series Coupe and Convertible when it hits the market in late 2019 or early 2020.
The 8-Series will be underpinned by BMW’s CLAR architecture, Automobile Magazine reports, and offered in a plethora of variations allowing it to compete with the S-Class: a twin-turbocharged 4.0-liter V8 should power range-topping models with up to 650 hp on tap, while a smaller 450 hp 3.0-liter straight six is also said to be on the cards. An efficient plug-in hybrid with either a four or six-cylinder petrol engine will be offered as well.
Since it’s going after the Merc, it is expected to combine luxury with . As such, all of the advanced technologies of the current 7-Series can be expected alongside a flexible and sporty chassis with a host of suspension and powertrain modes to suit every occasion.
Note: 2013 BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Concept pictured