The Munich based manufacturer has been in the news lately, not because of huge grille issues but the sudden announcement of BMW models that are planned to be axed. BMW is introducing a whole new range of full EVs from 2021 onwards and they are shedding existing BMW internal combustion models to make space. There have been some speculations arising from the BMWBlog website that BMW M models might fall victims of being turned into full-electric performance models kind of like Tesla’s P100D trim variants but we are yet to get full confirmation from BMW itself.
I’m sure you’re asking which models are about to see the end of the road and surprisingly the first one is BMW’s first plug-in hybrid sports car, the i8. First introduced as a concept in 2011 and then in 2013, a production model was revealed to the public, the BMW i8 was set out to pave a way for future BMW models in terms of technology, fuel efficiency, and design. Powered by a 1.5 litre turbopetrol 3-cylinder together with an electric motor producing a combined 349 hp (260 kW) & 550 Nm of torque.
Unfortunately, the vehicle that captivated the motoring industry will be laid to rest and we suspect that the i3 will suffer the same fate. The i8 really took everyone by surprise because no one ever thought that BMW was capable of making such an attractive Plug-in hybrid which also sparked a rivalry of the holy trinity saga between the McLaren P1, the Porsche 918 Spyder and the Ferrari LaFerrari. The next BMW model to be dumped is the BMW 8 Series. With this model, we are not sure if the story is true.
But there has been word that the car that BMW just reincarnated and introduced in 2018 will stop production and see no update. The BMW 8 Series was made to replace the 6 Series range and it comes in coupe, convertible and gran coupe body styles, plus it comes in M8 form which produces a ridiculous 600 hp (447 kW). It’s only rumours with the 8 Series being discontinued but what’s not a rumour is the Z4 generation coming to an end.
That’s right, the roadster model will not be renewed and it’s ending with its current generation. The Z4 came to life back in 2002 and replaced the Z3, and it has carried the BMW Z nameplate for the longest time. BMW has decided that it will be best to just scrape it off and stop production when the time comes. The current Z4 really looks gorgeous and it will be a proper send off to a car that many have known to be one of the best roadsters ever made.
The BMW 6 Series Gran Turismo has been met with a lot of critic concerning the design and its purpose in the BMW range. Not many people knew about its existence and a lot of them didn’t even purchase the vehicle. The idea of the design was a fusion of practicality and luxury but that didn’t seem to work out well. The sporty, compact BMW SUV which is the X2 is a darn good-looking SUV but then it seems like BMW is having doubts to continue sales. The X2 M35i is really good but then customers didn’t buy the idea of it being added to the range, therefore, becoming a mere fail.
It is sad that the models that we have come to love won’t exist in new form factors and unfortunately, the road for them ends here and the models taking their space are expected to excel much more. We shall see what BMW has planned for the future and its models.