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Over four years ago, BMW mulled the idea of introducing a Mercedes-Maybach S-Class-rivalling 9 Series super sedan. The BMW Vision Future Luxury Concept (above), which was shown in 2014, hinted at a new flagship that could potentially sit above the 7 Series, but it looks like things won’t take off after all.

BMW R&D boss Klaus Fröhlich told Autocar “I don’t think you need a 9 Series. In this segment, you need three cars – an X car, a saloon and an emotional sporty car – and we have them: the X7, 7 Series and 8 Series. Some competitors are already reducing the number of cars in this segment because volumes are so low.”

Previously, the 9 Series was said to be a four-door, four-seat coupe model that’s based on the LWB 7 Series. There was even talks of it featuring a twin-turbo V8 as well as a six-cylinder plug-in hybrid petrol engine. A V12 version was also mentioned, potentially christened with the top-of-the-line M9 or M960i badge. However, with the 8 Series Gran Coupe already in the works, it’s highly unlikely that the 9 Series will get the green light to go to production.

The 8GC is due for a debut sometime this year and should be powered by the same range of engines as its coupe and convertible siblings, those being the 3.0 litre twin-turbo straight-six unit that makes 320 hp and 680 Nm of torque (840d xDrive), as well as a 4.4 litre biturbo petrol V8 pushing out 530 hp and 750 Nm (M850i xDrive). Both mills are paired to an eight-speed Steptronic Sport automatic transmission.

GALLERY: BMW Vision Luxury Concept