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      09-17-2020, 11:04 AM   #56

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Originally Posted by brad850csi View Post
S68 is still a thing to come. But I wonder if everything other than M5, M8, X5/6/7 and Alpina versions will lose the V8 soon.
Word from BMW "insiders" is that apart from the new S68 V8 engine, BMW is set to totally phase out the V8 by the year 2027 at the latest. Blame the ever tightening European emissions regulations as well as Chinese regulations for this because they make it economically unsound to continue developing & offering the V8 while at the same time developing more efficient PHEV & electric drivetrains. BMW has therefore decided to go the in-line-6 PHEV route starting with the next generation 7 series (G70/71). The N63 V8 will be replaced by this in-line-6 PHEV drivetrain in the next generation 5 series (G60), X5, X6 & X7.

Though BMW will be the first among the German automakers to do this, the rest are set to fact Mercedes (for the new W223 s class) is set to market their upcoming in-line-6 PHEV S580e in a position that overshadows the ICE V8 S580 by among other things, deliberately limiting the power output of the ICE S580 to below the power output of the PHEV S580e.