BMW 8 Series: new flagship due in 2010

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BMW 8 Series: new flagship due in 2010

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BMW 8 Series: new flagship due in 2010

2007 BMW Concept CS

BMW#8217;s M performance division has been commissioned to build a new four-door luxury GT flagship that is set to become the German car maker#8217;s new 8 Series.

The new four-door coupe-style gran turismo will be based heavily on BMW#8217;s 2007 Shanghai motor show Concept CS, and will launch in 2010 as a rival for the Mercedes-Benz CLS3 AMG as well as the forthcoming Porsche Panamera and Aston Martin Rapide.

The M division is responsible for creating high-performance versions of regular BMWs, including the iconic 3 Series-based M3, though the new GT #8211; called CS internally – will be the first non-M-badged car produced by the subsidiary.

#8220;It will take a couple of years [to get the CS to market],#8221; says BMW M president Ludwig Willisch. #8220;The naming is not defined yet but it will not be an M car.

#8220;It#8217;s a car that doesn#8217;t have any resemblance to the other cars built by BMW AG, so it was decided to give the project to us.#8221;

The four-seater GT will be a large car at more than five metres long and is expected to be based on the underpinnings of the new 7 Series that goes on sale later this year.

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M division#8217;s involvement suggests the CS, however, is likely to have a significantly sportier chassis to ensure the handling is at least a match for the likes of the aforementioned Panamera. Willisch admits the CS #8220;will need to be top notch#8221;.

Aluminium and carbonfibre are likely to be used for the CS#8217;s structure and body panels to reduce weight for increased performance.

A 6.0-litre V12 formed by adding two cylinders to the M5#8217;s V10 is rumoured to be one of the CS#8217;s engine options, though a smaller, twin-turbocharged engine could also be in the running.

Willisch has revealed that his M division is set to introduce turbocharged and downsized engines on future M cars. The next-generation M5 due about the same time as the CS is rumoured to be switching from its naturally aspirated V10 to a twin-turbocharged V8.

The original 8 Series two-door coupe launched in 1991 with a 5.0-litre V12, with the 850i followed by a 4.0-litre V8 variant called the 840i. BMW discontinued the 8 Series in 2000 owing to sluggish sales.

The CS is one of seven key projects BMW#8217;s M division is currently working on. It#8217;s keeping the subsidiary sufficiently busy that it has decided for now not to pursue its first mid-engined supercar since the 1978 M1 .

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