When the Gran Lusso Coupe was showcased in 2013, it quickly became a much anticipated road car that the future bankers, who have gotten bored with their existing 7-Series would be interested to own. We all wanted it to become a road car since 2013; and now, there are really good chances that it might be a reality. BMW bosses have given the green light to a new BMW 9 Series model, according to a report in Car Magazine. The new 9 Series model will likely be a four-door, luxury coupe based on the new 7 Series platform. Critics might question the odd numbering of a four-door BMW, as a BMW coupe usually sports an “even number” title. This is due to the fact that BMW has the 8 Series name on ice which it does not plan on reviving any time soon, and also because it does not own the rights to the 10 Series handle.
With luxury and speed in mind, we will likely see a lot of tech out of the current 7-Series being used on the upcomoing 9-Series. It will encapsulate the Vision Luxury concept, which made its debut at the Beijing Auto Show. This means users will get a better interior trim and also better material. Apart from this, size is thought to be in the same ballpark as the 7 Series or the Gran Coupe concept, which means a lot of carbon fiber, aluminium and other materials could be used to downsize on the weight. In the power department, we can expect some of the best BMW engines, such as the six-cylinder plug-in hybrid, the twin-turbo V8 and a 650bhp V12 which could go on to power the top-of-the-range M9/M60i.
According to AutoMobile Magazine, the model is expected to go on sale in early 2020. It will be targeted to bring Mercedes’ S-Class and Maybach and even the Bentley Flying Spur and BMW’s sister company Rolls-Royce’s Ghost in the cross-hairs. To see it all go down, we will have to wait 4 more years. Competitors, watch out. There’s about to be a new mean-machine on the block.