Despite all the talk of the sedan and coupe’s impending demise, they’re still kicking. It’s easy over-generalize consumers; not every single buyer is looking for a crossover. With that in mind, automakers are still pumping out fresh sedans and coupes to our delight.
BMW looks to recapture a bit of its “Ultimate Driving Machine” mantra after it revealed the 8-Series concept. And, guess what? BMW is going to build it.
The stunning concept debuted at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este competition in Italy and previews the production car to come in 2018. Bulbous wheel arches, sleek lines and fluid shapes define the ultimate expression of BMW.
So, Cadillac. What’s up? The CT6 is great, but the 8-Series justifies the fact that halo vehicles mean something. And for as much of an icon the Escalade is, it’s not a halo vehicle. The fact German brands continue to invest in these cars means something: there’s a market. People want them—maybe not a ton of people, but buyers are out there.
BMW isn’t fooling around, either. Potential powertrains for the 8-Series include a 3.0-liter turbo inline-six, a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8, and even a 6.6-liter twin-turbo V12. The 8-Series will be undeniably luxurious, but capture a sporting spirit missing from BMW for quite some time.
This brings us back to Cadillac. The brand needs a halo, flagship car. For as much buzz as the Cadillac CTS-V creates, it’s a different kind of hero vehicle. We’re talking opulent, posh and exclusive with a sporting character. Hopefully, the $12 billion earmarked for Cadillac’s expansion globally births such a car.