The original BMW 8-Series, ran for 10 years, from 1989 to 1999. It was an all new Bimmer coupe that was powered with either V8 or V12 engine options, with the V12 matted to a six speed manual transmission, the first of it’s kind in a road car. The E31 8-Series, was BMW’s flagship supercar and the spiritual predecessor to the i8. Fast forward to 2018, nearly 30 years later, BMW has planned to revive the 8-Series nameplate.
BMW announced the plans to revive the 8-Series on Twitter. Here’s the tweet, which I quote:
CEO Krüger: “The next step of our product offensive is taking shape. A glimpse of the new BMW 8 Series Coupé.” #bmw #8series #bmwgroup
This tweet also came with this tease photo, more like the silhouette, of the 8-Series coupe concept. The concept version is set to release later on this month at Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, so all we have to wait to see the full model. It will based on the 7-Series platform, so it is safe to say that the engine and drivetrain choices will be shared. It is unclear if the 8-Series, is the replacement for the recently discontinued 6-Series. Other than what I’ve mentioned, nothing is set in stone, detail wise. We will find out soon, however.