BMW plans to indirectly replace the 6-Series with the new 8-Series, with the existing model to end production in early 2018 in order to make room for the new one. The M8 model will follow on the second half of 2019, shortly after a convertible version of the 8-Series makes its debut.
The BMW 8 Series is set to return as a large, luxurious grand tourer, sources tell Automobilwoche, a German sibling publication of Automotive News. The Bavarian company is looking to build an opponent for the Mercedes S-Class Coupe and the Bentley Continental GT.
The BMW 8 Series was a Grand Tourer built by BMW from 1989 to 1999 powered by either a V8 or V12 engine. It was actually an entirely new class aimed at a different market, however, with a substantially higher price and better performance than the 6 series.