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BMW Considering 8 Series Revival?

It’s been less than two weeks since BMW unveiled the impressive Pininfarina-styled Gran Lusso Coupe concept at the 2013 Villa d’Este Concours d’Elegance, and word has it the German automaker could use the design to revive the defunct 8 Series.
BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe concept 1 photo
While there’s no official word from BMW on a new 8 Series coupe, a company insider told Automotive News that the Gran Lusso concept “gives an indication of how such a car might look”. Our source also speculated that Munich is weighing a return in the high-end coupe segment to rival Mercedes-Benz’ S-Class-based version.

"We want to send out the message the future is not all about electric cars but also traditional models with real emotional appeal. Whether that includes an 8 Series is not yet decided. But the Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe gives an indication of how such a car might look,” the unnamed BMW insider.

Introduced in 1989, the BMW 8 Series (E31) was produced through 1999 in only 31,062 units. Powered by V8 and V12 engines, the flagship couple offered an electronically limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h) and up to 375 HP.

Story via AutomotiveNews


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