The BMW 6-Series has always been a great Grand Tourer, but the latest iteration, even in M4 guise, fell short of being the nimble, visceral sports car many enthusiasts expected. BMW wants to change that, however, and will reportedly make the next-generation 6-Series a true Porsche 911 competitor.
What this means is that the new 6-Series, and consequently the performance-tuned M4, will be more of a sports car than a GT. It will share a platform with the next Z4 roadster, which is being co-developed by BMW and Toyota.
The German sports car could be smaller and lighter as a result of the platform-sharing, while there are speculations that the lineup will drop the four-door 6-Series Gran Coupe, offering only the coupe and convertible body styles.
Buyers wanting a proper BMW GT coupe will have to settle for the upcoming 8-Series, which may receive a “four-door coupe version. The 8-Series will more directly compete with the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe.
What do you hope to see from the next BMW 6-Series and M6?
New BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Is Ready To Battle Porsche Panamera
It’s the third and final 8 Series bodystyle and also the most family-friendly.
The BMW 8 Series lineup has just gotten more practical with the addition of the new 8 Series Grand Coupe, BMW’s answer to the Porsche Panamera, Mercedes-AMG GT Four-Door, and other German four-door coupes.
As the third and final variant of the second-generation 8 Series, the four-door model not only has two extra doors over the 8 Series Coupe and Convertible, but it also offers more room with it’s taller roofline, longer wheelbase and extra width. A panoramic glass moonroof extends from the windshield all the way back to the rear window, but it can be replaced by a Carbon Fiber roof.
Despite being more family-friendly than the coupe, the new 8 Series Grand Coupe is Strictly a four-seater. The center console extends into the rear passenger area, making it impossible to comfortably (and legally) fit a third person on the rear bench.
Three versions will be available at launch — the 840i, 840i xDrive and M850i XDrive. The 840i models are powered by a 3.0L turbocharged six-cylinder engine that generates 335 horsepower and 368 lb-ft. of torque, allowing it to accelerate the rear-wheel drive varient to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 4.9 seconds and the all-wheel drive 840i xDrive to complete the task in 4.6 seconds. Both models have an electronically limited top speed of 130 mph with all-season tires and 155 mph with performance tires.
The M850i xDrive Gran Coupe is powered by a twin-turbocharged 4.4L V8 with 523 horsepower and 553 lb-ft. of torque allowing it to reach 60 mph in 3.7 seconds. Top speed is the same as the 840i models.
In the United States, the 2020 840i Gran Coupe has a starting price of $85,895, including destination fees, while the 840i xDrive Gran Coupe starts at $88,795. The M850i xDrive Gran Coupe kicks off at $109,895.
A 617-horsepower or higher, V8-powered M8 Gran Coupe is expected to join the lineup later on, and possibly even a plug-in hybrid variant. BMW plans to eventually electrify its entire lineup.
New BMW M8 Is The Ultimate, Most Expensive M Car
Coupe or cabrio, Competition or no Competition — make your pick.
The new BMW M8 Coupe and Convertible are finally here, and they are available in standard and Competition versions.
The big news is that the standard M8 packs 600 horsepower, but if you step up to the Competition version you’ll have 617 hp on tap.
Power is provided by a 4.4 liter S63 M TwinPower Turbo V8 that produces 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque in the standard M8 and 617 hp / 553 lb-ft. in the M8 Competition. An eight-speed automatic transmission helps distribute all that power between the four wheels via a rear biased M xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system that only sends power to the front wheels when the rear wheels start to slip. The AWD system can be turned off completely if you just want the rear wheels for an old-school sports car experience.
The BMW M8 Coupe reaches 60 mph in just 3.1 seconds, while the M8 Competition Coupe is slightly faster at 3.0 seconds. The M8 Convertible reaches 60 mph in 3.2 seconds, while the M8 Competition Convertible needs 3.1 seconds.
No matter the M8 of choice, top speed is electronically-limited top 155 mph but can be increased to 189 mph with the optional M Driver’s Package.
An Adaptive M Suspension with three settings — Comfort, Sport and Sport Plus — allows the driver to tailor ride and handling to his liking, though Competition models feature firmer suspension settings, stiffer engine mounts, increased front negative camber for increased cornering ability and rear toe-link ball-joints instead of rubber bushings.
Visually, the M8 Coupe and Convertible stand out from the other 8 Series models with an M-specific body kit that adds black chrome trim, larger air intakes in the front bumper, a trunk spoiler, and a new rear bumper. 20-inch wheels wrapped in high-performance tires are standard, while Competition models receive specific alloys.
Pricing starts at $133,995 for the 2020 BMW M8 Coupe and at $146,995 for the M8 Competition Coupe. The 2020 M8 Convertible kicks off at $143,495 and the M8 Competition Convertible at $156,495.
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BMW, Jaguar Land Rover Team Up To Build Electric Vehicles
The two premium automakers will jointly develop electric motors.
Jaguar Land Rover and BMW have announced a new partnership that will see them split the costs of developing electric cars, more specifically new electric drive units for future EVs.
Both companies have experience making electric cars, and they will bring together their individual expertise. The Jaguar I-Pace crossover (pictured) went on sale in 2018 and will spawn other electric vehicles from both Jaguar and Land Rover, while BMW released the i3 EV in 2013 and will follow up with a crossover named iX3 in 2020. Both firms also sell several plug-in hybrid models.
“We’ve proven we can build world beating electric cars but now we need to scale the technology to support the next generation of Jaguar and Land Rover products,” said Nick Rogers, Jaguar Land Rover Engineering Director. “It was clear from discussions with BMW Group that both companies’ requirements for next generation EDUs to support this transition have significant overlap making for a mutually beneficial collaboration.”
Expect to see the first results of their collaboration sometime in the early 2020s.