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Thread: BMW 8 Series returning, 6 Series to rival 911 - report

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    BMW has added to*rumours of*a planned resurrection for the 8 Series after the company reportedly registered a number of trademarks relating to the range-topping line-up.According to British website Auto Express, the company applied to gain control of a number of 8 Series-related names in March - including 825, 830, 835, 845, 850, 860 and M850.It has also been suggested that the 8 Series’ revival forms part of a plan*to reposition the 6 Series*as a lighter and more purposeful rival to the Porsche 911 and the Mercedes-AMG GT.Auto Express reports that the launch of*Mercedes-AMG's*GT coupe has reignited BMW's interest in the category.According to the report, the construction of a two-seater 6 Series sports car may call on the shared platform being developed alongside Toyota and will see only a coupe and convertible offered.Above: The*“E31” BMW 8 Series of the late '80s and '90s.*The same platform is said to underpin BMW’s so-called ‘Z5’, as well as the long-awaited successor to Toyota’s iconic Supra.It’s claimed that the platform - manufactured by Magna Steyr - is scalable, meaning it will give BMW the flexibility to offer both V8 and six-cylinder variants.Shifting the 6 Series away from being a larger, heavier, luxury-focussed vehicle, opens up the opportunity for the 8 Series to take its place.It’s also reported that BMW has registered the ‘M8’ name, which, if put into production, would offer a rival to the Mercedes-AMG S63 Coupe and would likely use a 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged engine.These latest rumours follow earlier reports that the car maker was planning to offer the 8 Series by 2020.MORE: BMW news, reviews, pricing and specsMORE: BMW 8 Series coming in 2020 – report


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    With the 8 series out since last year, the M8 is now coming up.

    8 series Coupe

    8 series Convertible
    8 series Gran Coupe model

    M8 Coupe prototype on the German Autobahn:

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    M8 Convertible prototype on the German Autobahn:

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