It’s official! BMW will bring back the 8-series next year. The company announced at its annual meeting that it will present a “design study” of the car on May 26. “The BMW 8-Series Coupe will build on our tradition of luxurious sports coupes and add a genuine dream car to our line-up – a slice of pure automotive fascination,” said Harald Krüger, Chairman of the Board. “The 8 Series Coupe will underpin our claim to leadership in the luxury segment. I can tell you today that this will be a true luxury sports coupe.”
A convertible model is also expected and the price is likely to be well into six figures. That is about all we know at this point, other than the teaser drawing. BMW built the last 8-Series back in 1999.
They are celebrating in Zuffenhausen! The one-millionth 911 Porsche rolled off the assembly line there – a Carrera S in a special color called “Irish Green.” Over 70 percent of all Porsche cars ever built are still ready to drive today. In addition, the Porsche 911 can consistently be found at the top of quality rankings such as the “Initial Quality Study” from J.D. Power. The one-millionth 911 will not be sold. Before it moves on to the Porsche Museum, it will embark on a world tour and will take road trips in the Scottish Highlands, around the Nürburgring, and in the USA, China, and beyond.
A poll conducted by Cornell University shows people would be willing to pay $3,550 extra to obtain a semi-autonomous car and $4,900 for a fully autonomous one. It said some would be willing to pay more than $10,000 more to obtain a vehicle with full self-driving capability. A total of 1,260 people took part in the survey and “many” said they would not spend an extra dime for the technology. “Our models suggest that the demand for automation is split approximately evenly between high, modest and no demand, highlighting the importance of considering flexible preferences for emerging vehicle technologies,” the study concluded.