BMW to revive 8 series in 2020, report says

The BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe unveiled at the 2013 Villa d'Este Concours d'Elegance.
Jay Ramey is an associate editor with Autoweek, a sister publication of Automotive News.

It looks like we finally know what the 2013 BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe concept was all about; Autocar reports that BMW will resurrect the 8 series, dormant since 1999, in four years.

The next-generation 8 series will be the brand's flagship and will borrow heavily from the 7 series' parts bin.

Autocar says that BMW could go two ways with the 8 series: a four-door hardtop-only design similar to the 6-series Gran Coupe, or a classic two-door coupe and cabrio duo.

It'll be interesting to see if regional markets will play a role in the decision; China pretends that the coupe does not exist as a type of automobile.

BMW Pininfarina Gran Lusso Coupe Photo credit: BMW

The grab of yet another number by BMW is hardly surprising, but what is surprising is how long it took the marque to challenge the Mercedes-Benz S-class coupe head on.

The S-class coupe was called the CL class when the last 8 series roamed the autobahn, but neither big boat was a hot seller in the 1990s.

We'll find out which way BMW will go in 2018 when the automaker will show the first direct 8-series concept.