New 2017 BMW 2 Series facelift revealed

Posted May 12, 2017

In reviving the 8 Series name, BMW will be hoping to bring the fight back to the Mercedes S-Class Coupe, a vehicle for which BMW doesn't really have an answer at the moment.

BMW has released a teaser silhouette of its new 8 Series coupe, revealing a stark new design direction for what will be something of a flagship for the company.

"We are refreshing our entire product portfolio and strengthening the performance side. We want to make BMW the strongest brand in this segment and increase sales and revenues in the luxury class significantly by 2020", Kruger added. Meanwhile, the diesel options will include a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder unit that churns out 188 BHP and 400 Nm of torque, and a 3.0-litre, six-cylinder powerplant that develops 262 BHP and 620 Nm of torque. That leaves the 7's twin-turbo inline-six, twin-turbo V-8, and likely the M760i's twin-turbo V-12 as solid choices-and it would preserve our right to declare the future 8-series all ate up with motor. The standard transmission is a 6-speed manual while an 8-speed automatic is available.

The M240i and 220d variants of the BMW 2 Series Coupe can be ordered either with the particularly engaging characteristics of rear-wheel drive or BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive.

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A facelifted 6 Series range was launched at the Detroit auto show in January 2015.

A two door coupe is planned to arrive in late 2018 and a convertible a year later. A 12-cylinder version is also coming, sources a year ago told Automobilwoche.

The coupe might be only the tip of the iceberg as gossip indicates there are also plans for an 8 Series Gran Coupe and even an M8, but we'll have to wait and see whether these rumors will pan out.

The price of entry for the 8-Series is believed to start at 150,000 euros, Reuters and Automotive News Europe have learned.