BMW Could Kill Some Of Their Most Exciting Models

When BMW killed the 3-Series Gran Turismo, it didn’t cause much of a response other than “They still built that?” However, a new report says the company could axe a number of models which are near and dear to the hearts of enthusiasts.

According to Automobile Magazine, the company is planning to eliminate a number of convertibles including the 2-Series, 8-Series and recently launched Z4. They apparently won’t be killed overnight, but rather not redesigned when their current life cycle comes to an end.

Those aren’t the only models headed to the automotive graveyard as the 8-Series Coupe is also expected to die. The 8-Series Gran Coupe, on the other hand, could live.

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The standard-wheelbase 7-Series is also said to be living on borrowed time and that doesn’t seem too surprising as most sales come from the long-wheelbase variant. In fact, BMW doesn’t even offer the standard-wheelbase model in the United States.

If that wasn’t enough, the 6-Series Gran Turismo could get date with the undertaker in 2024. The X2 is also rumored to be flirting with disaster, despite being relatively popular in Europe where 36,484 units were sold last year. That number isn’t terrible, but it pales in comparison to the 111,496 X1s that were sold on the continent in 2018.

While a lot of models could eventually be phased out, there a handful of new products in the pipeline. Key among them is an “emphatically sporty crossover” crossover called the X8.

Unlike the X4 and X6, the model won’t be a coupe-ified version on the X7. Instead, it will reportedly be more unique and offered exclusively in M Performance and M guise. The model is also slated to offer an M Power plug-in hybrid system that features a 60 kWh battery and an electric motor with 168 hp (125 kW / 170 PS) and 184 lb-ft (249 Nm) of torque.

The company is also working on a new of plug-in hybrid and electric models including the iX3, i4 and iNext – to name a few.

BMW iNext

  • TheBelltower

    BMW does have a lot of niche vehicles. It’s difficult to see how they all make sense.

  • Mr. EP9

    Well, if true, the 8 series convertible didn’t have long in this world. The Z4 doesn’t make sense as BMW spent all that time and money developing it alongside the Supra just to kill it again.

    • Able

      The article says at the end of their life cycles.

  • nastinupe

    So are they saying that the 8 Series was a failure already?

    • Matt

      Not quite, it’s the changing nature of the automotive landscape. Sports cars and coupes are no longer in favor and investment is best spent on EV and autonomous technologies in order to survive the next decade.

      • LJ

        It has to do with the SUV/CUV trend.

        They can build EV sports cars and coupes just fine.

      • I wouldn’t say so, the 911 and amg gt are selling just fine. The problem with the 8 series is that it’s clearly a 6 series with a 50k markup.

    • Daniela Wolf

      Yes the sales numbers are terrible.

  • KenjiK

    How about getting rid of the stupid “gran turismo”s and “gran coupe”s BS (beside the 8 series GC)? Especially that 4 series GC…

  • Dennis James

    The 3-series GT and 5-series GT (now called 6-series GT) were doomed from the beginning, I mean, they looked worse than the Touring variants while serving an identical purpose. The Americans like this kind of style and and trunk opening but when you have a RWD platform you can’t build a Honda Accord-like shape that doesn’t look ugly because the longitudinal engine takes up too much space.

    The X2…you can’t fool people that it’s a sporty SUV, it’s a FWD platform and it’s no better than a Kia Sportage.

    The 8-series is way too long to accomodate the 8-series GC on the same wheelbase, you can see that something is just wrong with the shape, and the 8-series Gran Coupe looks worse than the Kia Stinger. The old 6-series Gran Coupe was the most beautiful BMW car, replaced by a Kia Stinger surrogate. It will probably be axed too.

    The i3…I just don’t realize how that design was cleared by BMW management.

    The new X6 with its hugely raised back and ruined Hofmeister kink…the original X6 was perfect, now they have ruined the iconic coupe SUV too.

    BMW now has a lineup full of ugly, uninspired designs. It’s clear that they need to do something. The problem is, they don’t seem to realize that they just need to build better looking cars.

    If Porsche can keep the same basic design for 20-30 years or so, why wouldn’t this work for BMW ? Why do they need to “reinvent” their existing designs into more and more ugly and contorted shapes ?

    • Navigator Navy✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ?

      Too long to read

    • Daniela Wolf

      the 8-series was just way too expensive. With a 30-40% discount it would have been competitive thus current numbers are unbearable.
      X2 was introduced way too late. While other premium companies sold sub compact SUVS like cakes (e.g Q2) BMW missed this game for almost 4 years long.
      I-3 was a good idea but BMW never achieved the break even point (no own EV architecture like MEB or PPE) whereas the I-8 project wasted 2 billion € . By slowing down the further developement BMW even lost it’s electric leadership.

  • Thunderbolt

    Z4 release – cricket
    Supra release – Lion roar, and despite the C8 introduction, some dealers marked up the price $25k or more.
    anyway, Supra next gen has better be mid-engine by Toyota, otherwise it goes the way the Dodo bird went.

    • DaruniaG

      Probably won’t be a next gen Supra, as it took them almost 30 years to come with this new gen.

      In 30 years selfdriving cars are all over the place

      • GreenPat

        In 30 years we may all be flung around in self-flying oversized drones. By then all be a few niche vehicles will be BEV or FCEV.

  • GobbleUp

    BMW morons.

  • SteersUright

    Just dont kill the M240i coupe and M2 models please! Best driver’s cars BMW makes. You can take all the others, Z4 included.

  • Kwikcilva

    Am I surprised? No. Am I sad about some of the lines to be dropped? Yes. This is what happens when it becomes all about the £££. Companies have sold their identities to investors and it is very sad indeed, accountants now run the businesses.

  • Richard Alexander

    Yet another reason to NEVER sell my 135i M sport convertible manual:-)

  • Сафиуллинь-Мухамед Рамазанов

    ,so BMW wanted to be a new Infiniti

  • it’s a shame but it’s kind of inevitable considering just how many variants of each model they have.

  • So BMW thought that they can cheap out, sell a shortened 5 series for 911/AMG GT money, and now “oh look they are not selling well”. Well no sh*t Sherlock. Sometimes you really wonder who makes these decisions, and how oblivious are they.

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