THE WHOLE 8 YARDS

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8 Se­ries Con­vert­ible

A stun­ner with great pro­por­tions. Fea­tures a fab­ric-re­tractable roof that stows in 15 sec­onds. Some stiff­en­ing of the chas­sis and body­work means the tor­sional rigid­ity of the Con­vert­ible is only slightly weaker than that of the Coupé. ETA: Q1

8 Se­ries Gran Coupé

The ad­di­tion of this four-door sedan should ad­dress the prac­ti­cal short­com­ings of the Coupé. The ad­di­tional doors make ac­cess eas­ier, yet the slop­ing roofline may still en­croach on lug­gage and rearpas­sen­ger space over true sedans. Not­with­stand­ing, it should be a wor­thy ad­ver­sary to the CLS, Panam­era and A7. ETA: Con­sid­ered for 2019

M8

The E31 8 Se­ries never had an M vari­ant, an omis­sion BMW will ad­dress with the M8 to take the fight to the MERCEDESAMG GT63 and oth­ers. De­tails re­main sketchy but ex­pect in­te­rior and ex­te­rior M add-ons with larger vents, dams and scoops, blacked-out chrome and car­bon-fi­bre. Power will most likely be from a fet­tled V8; how­ever, a re­worked V12 from the 7 Se­ries is also ru­moured. Ex­pect “ooh-aah” looks and “gasp” per­for­mance. ETA: Con­sid­ered for 2019

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