BMW rivals have every reason to worry with the German brand’s plans to upgrade its classic series to compete with the Mercedes S-Class coupe and the Porsche 911. It has been quite some time since we last heard of the 6 Series’ power and the classic big boy lineup that is the 8 Series.
First up on its to-do list is an upgraded version of its 6 Series. Its past versions have had problems with weight and packaging so now is the time for BMW to address these issues. The primary goal for the next generation BMW 6 Series and M6 is to address these issues and to improve handling. The 6 Series will come with carbon fiber components as well as aluminium alloys, high-strength steel, magnesium and titanium accents to reduce weight.
It will also come in three variants – the coupe, convertible and Gran Coupe – and will also feature shorter overhangs and a wider track. The coupe and convertible will be smaller in size while the Gran Coupe will have a longer wheelbase to accommodate a larger interior.
The M6 is also set for an exterior makeover as well as performance add-ons, but the best part is that it will come with a standard active aero kit. 6 Series will have a standard 3.0-liter inline-six engine shooting up 347 horsepower while the M6 is expected to have a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 600 horsepower. There are no plans for an all-wheel drive version and neither will there be a hybrid or plug-in alternative. The new 6 Series is expected to be a monstrous performance car that is capable of going head-to-head with the Porsche 911.
In 1989, BMW first introduced its 8 Series at the Frankfurt Motor Show. This luxury two-door coupe can trace its lineage back to the 1930 BMW coupes with its “clean-sheet” design. Over 30,000 units were sold, two-thirds of which came with a V12 engine while one out of six came with a six-speed manual. Recently, BMW hinted that it will be giving this classic grand tourer a bit of a facelift and some additional features to compete with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe.
The German automaker has recently been reported to have filed patents to the names 825, 830, 835, 845, 850, M850 and M8. This pretty much means that it is well on its way to creating a cutting edge sports car that is defined by BMW’s sporting heritage and is highly capable of trashing its competition. It is said that the new 8 Series will most likely adopt the same “snob appeal” that its competitor, the S-Class coupe, is known for. However, BMW will bring it a level higher to give Mercedes-Benz a run for its money. An entry-level grand touring option will also be offered with the 8 Series.
Moreover, the all-new 8 Series will utilize a new carbon core and CFRP expertise. It will also sport a new range of turbocharged engines which includes the Rolls Royce Phantom’s 6.8-liter V12 and the 4.4-liter V8 from the M5 and M6 -- a move that BMW hopes will help the 8 Series in its battle against Mercedes-Benz. The M8 prototype that was built years back on a 550-horsepower V12 will be expected to have a lighter V8 with 600 ponies. There is very few information on this upcoming lineup and no final dates for its launching have been announced.
BMW has been constantly expanding its range for the past years, according to BMW Group Design Vice President Adrian van Hooydonk. Moreover, BMW loyalists are to expect nothing but the best from the German automaker because its future models will not depend on the past. It is expected to produce a better and upgraded version that will make a name of its own.