The Coupe and Cabrio versions will likely not be renewed
Only the Gran Coupe could return for the next generation, with an electric drivetrain
This model could compete with the Audi e-tron GT and the Porsche Taycan
Rumours say that BMW could replace the current generation of the 8 Series with a single car which will be an electric Gran Coupe version.
At this time, the company has not confirmed the rumour, but BMWBlog believes its source to be reliable.
If this is true, it means that the Coupe and Cabrio versions of the 8 Series will not be renewed when the Gran Coupe enters its next generation in 2026.
In BMW speak, Gran Coupe refers to a coupe-like sedan that shares many of its parts with a slightly smaller coupe. This is why despite having four doors, Gran Coupes wear an even number name designation instead of the odd numbers usually reserved for sedans.
Many believe the car will be built on the CLAR platform, just like the new 7 Series and i7, but it is also possible that the upcoming Neue Klasse platform will be used instead.
Both of these platforms are designed with the capacity to house both an electric powertrain and a gasoline engine, which could be helpful in order to better adapt the vehicle to different markets.
Since the 8 Series is one of the most expensive product lines at BMW, the higher price warranted by an electric version would not deter potential customers, unlike electric versions of more affordable vehicles.
Acting as a sportier counterpart to the new i7, this model could compete against the Audi e-tron GT and the Porsche Taycan, two other high-performance electric sedans that adopt a sleek profile.
If BMW decides to proceed with this model, more details should be revealed in the coming years.