If a recent report from Auto Express is true, fans of the old BMW 8 Series have cause for jubilation. The Bavarian auto maker has applied for trademarks for names that indicate a new S-Class coupe fighter is in the works. Among them are 825, 830, 835, 845, 850, M850, and, wait for it… M8. It is not uncommon for companies of any sort to trademark names for future use and then just sit on them for an eternity, but a BMW insider has reportedly told AE that is not the case here.
So what would it mean for BMW if the 8 Series made a comeback? For starters, the 6 Series would no longer carry the burden of being the company’s top-of-the-line grand tourer. This would allow it to be repositioned to take on the Porsche 911 and Mercedes-AMG GT – something BMW has previously stayed away from. According to AE, the success of the AMG GT may have the company reevaluating the 6’s place in life. The 8 Series, then, would once again be the flagship GT from BMW. Will it resemble the hybrid i8? It wouldn’t be out of the question considering the car’s resemblance to the original 8 Series. If you squint hard enough and tilt your head a little you can see some similarities.
This is not the first time we’ve heard rumors of the 8’s return but this new evidence is hard to ignore. Hopefully, we’ll get confirmation from BMW before too long. If not, at least another flagship car has recently been resurrected that we can look forward to – the Acura NSX. Watch the video as Roman conducts 0-60 tests during the initial drive event.