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Old 09-19-2016, 01:48 PM
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Default 2018 BMW 8 Series (bimmer)

First pictures of the next generation BMW 6 series:

http://www.autocar.co.uk/car-news/ne...ed-development

http://www.auto-motor-und-sport.de/n...e-7210493.html


I believe this is not the new BMW 8 series as currently claimed by the media. Looking at the shape and dimensions it is obvious that this cannot be the a competitor for an Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe or a Bentley Continental GT successor.

Instead it is the new BMW 6 series Coupe appearing in 2018. The car will actually be more compact and therefore much lighter and sportier compared to the current generation. The car will be based on the BMW CLAR matrix which is also underneath the new BMW 7 series and the next generation 5 series appearing at the beginning of 2017.

According to my sources the next generation 6 series will only appear as a coupe and a convertible. The current BMW 6 series Gran Coupe will have a much more upmarket successor which might be part of the new BMW luxury strategy.

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Old 09-19-2016, 02:15 PM
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This is looking extremely good proportions-wise. Not that the current gen is bad to that respect, but this could be a noticeable improvement if they get the detailing right. On the other hand, the rear seats will be much more cramped, or so it seems. I read rumors that BMW wanted something to face the 911 on its own game, and seeing these pictures i wonder if they have gone that way with the 6er.
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It might just be me, but those shots make it look larger than the current 6er, not smaller.
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It might just be me, but those shots make it look larger than the current 6er, not smaller.
Well given the 6/8 series (whatever this is) is supposed to move upmarket, making it smaller would make little sense. That said I think the proportions are quite dramatic and quite a departure from the very cautious attempt seen on the 7 series and upcoming 5 series....
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Well given the 6/8 series (whatever this is) is supposed to move upmarket, making it smaller would make little sense. That said I think the proportions are quite dramatic and quite a departure from the very cautious attempt seen on the 7 series and upcoming 5 series....
Right, I was just responding to Vantage's assessment that this was more compact than the current gen.
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Front overhand seems surprisingly long (although maybe just the angle). Very rakish, but kind of bland.
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Well, I guess this explains why they just cancelled the 6-Series (for the U.S., at least). I suspect it'll be handsome, luxurious, and kind of boring.

http://www.motortrend.com/news/bmw-8...upe-confirmed/
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If it has the same malaise-level styling that is hurting BMW then it will die. If it were to introduce a striking new and attractive styling direction, then it would have a chance. I'm betting on the former.
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I still don't believe the rumors of killing off the 6 series in the US unless I've missed an official release. That car sells well for the niche it's in. There would be a huge pricing gap between an 8 series and 4 series in the coupe and convertible segment. the 4 door coupe 6 series, easily the best looking car in the BMW range, would be reason enough to keep the 6 series around. Plus Mercedes finally released a true E class coupe/convert that has no real rival from Audi, Lexus, Jaguar, etc.
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Well, I guess this explains why they just cancelled the 6-Series (for the U.S., at least). I suspect it'll be handsome, luxurious, and kind of boring.

http://www.motortrend.com/news/bmw-8...upe-confirmed/
My sources tell me that the car BMW will introduce as the new 8 series has originally been developed as the successor of the current 6 series. Therefore we shall not expect 7 series underpinnings; instead it will be based on the structure of the 5 series.

Aside from that the prototype styling already shows that we cannot expect a noble 2+2 ready to compete with the Mercedes-Benz S-class Coupé or the next-generation Bentley Continental GT. But that is exactly the kind of product desperately needed if BMW really wants to achieve the credibility of a true competitor in the luxury segment. Why on earth was it not possible to come up with a car like of the wonderful BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe???

Obviously the responsible managers haven't learned from the fact that the current 6 series never made a real impression among luxury car buyers due to the fact, that most of its substance derived directly from the former 5 series. As a consequence it was seen like a competitor for cars like the Mercedes-Benz CLS. Unfortunately with much higher price tag. If we look at registration numbers we can see that this recipe definitely dod not work. I am convinced we will see exactly the same situation with the new 8 series. And they really believe changing a number makes the difference? Somebody in Munich must really think that luxury car customers are stupid.
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