BMW should help get the wagon comeback rolling.
There's a lot to be said about crossovers, both good and bad. On the good side, space tends to be more useable while older people or people with knee or back problems benefit from the ease of entry and exit. On the downside, you're inevitably dealing with a higher roll center and center of gravity which is hard to overcome for the driving enthusiast - although that doesn't stop automakers from trying.
The middle ground is the wagon, although it has fallen out of favor for numerous reasons. Mercedes has been keeping its hand in the US with a fast wagon and Audi is now bringing the sexy back by finally delivering the RS6 Avant to our shores. BMW did have the 3 and 5 Series Touring here, but nothing as sexy as this rendering from X-Tomi Design.
Just looking at this single image raised our blood pressure. The 8 Series platform is shaping up to be one of BMWs finest to date, and the M8 is something we're ridiculously excited about. The BMW M8 promises to be an absolute brute of a cruiser, and the idea of it also getting a Touring version is almost unfair due to the unlikelihood of it actually happening. BMW's Touring models aren't big sellers, and the 8 Series will be a relatively low volume seller already due to its price. And even if one was put into production, the chances of it coming to the US would be infinitesimal.
While we stare at this rendering with a mixture of lust and disappointment, it's worth remembering the M8 we're getting is not going to be a booby prize. It's powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 with 600 horsepower and 553 lb-ft of torque, bumped up to 617 hp in Competition spec. It'll be here in three guises: The 2-door Coupe, the 2-door Convertible, and the 4-door Gran Coupe. The purest may not appreciate the fact the M8 will have the M divisions flavor of BMW's xDrive but it will have a rear bias and, for the tire shredders, switching off stability control will allow the front wheels to be disconnected from the drivetrain.