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 Coupť 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.