BMW 8 Series
The BMW 8 Series is a range of grand tourers produced by BMW.
The 8 Series was introduced in 1990 under the E31 model code and was only available as a two-door coupe. It is powered by a range of naturally aspirated V8 and V12 petrol engines. The E31 started production just as E24 6 Series production ended, however it is not considered a direct successor. It was later discontinued in 1999 due to poor sales.
The model range was later reintroduced in 2018 with the second generation, G15 8 Series. It is expected to launch in coupe G15, convertible G14, and four-door Gran Coupe G16 body styles, as the successor to the F06/F12/F13 6 Series lineup. The G15 8 Series introduces an inline-six diesel engine, and a high-performance M8 model is also expected to be launched in the future.
1. First generation E31; 1990–1999
Design work of the first generation E31 8 Series began in 1984, with final design phase and production development starting in 1986. The car debuted at the 1989 Frankfurt Motor Show, and was produced until 1999. The 8 Series was designed to move beyond the market of the original E24 6 Series, featuring greater performance and an increased price. The 8 Series was the first road car to offer a V12 engine mated to a 6-speed manual transmission and was one of the first vehicles to be fitted with electronic drive-by-wire throttle. The 8 Series was also among one of BMWs first cars to use a multi-link rear axle.
2. Second generation G14/G15/G16; 2018–present
The BMW 8 Series G14 was announced on June 15, 2018 with sales commencing from November 2018. It was initially available as a coupe codenamed G15, with the convertible G14 and four-door Gran Coupe G16 variants introduced later, succeeding the F06/F12/F13 6 Series lineup. Production commenced in late 2018 at the BMW assembly plant in Dingolfing, Germany.
Direct competitors to the BMW 8 Series coupe and convertible are the Mercedes-Benz S-Class coupe & cabriolet, while the BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe is seen as a flashier alternative to its platform-mate, the more traditional BMW 7 Series, and is expected to compete with the rumored next-generation Mercedes-Benz S-Class four-door coupe.