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BMW's Hottest New Models Enter Production

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The BMW 8 Series nameplate has recently introduced three new models, which came in the form of the M8 Coupe, the M8 Convertible (as well as both cars' Competiton variants) and the four-door Gran Coupe. All three models have just begun production at BMW Group's Dingolfing Plant, which now builds five versions of the 8 Series if you count the non-M 8 Series Coupe and Convertible. The M8 offers a massive performance increase over the 523 horsepower M850i since it comes packing 600 hp in the standard version and 625 hp in Competition guise.

A future M8 Gran Coupe will be the sixth model in the 8 Series range but for now, the Gran Coupe peaks at 523 hp in the M850i xDrive model. Not only is the Gran Coupe the least expensive of the three body styles, but it's also the most practical given its two additional doors.

Dingolfing currently produces three engines for use in the 8 Series. These include the range-topping 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 found in two different states of tune for the M850i and M8, a 320 hp inline-six diesel engine for the European market, and a 335 hp gas inline-six in the 840i Gran Coupe.

As BMW's flagship model, the 8 Series represents a smaller portion of Dingolfing's production, with around 60 examples of the M8 leaving the factory on a daily basis. The 8 Series Coupe features a double-bubble contoured carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic roof, which is formed by an innovative wet compression process, and each car undergoes a break-in course before being sent out for delivery.

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In total, Dingolfing produces around 1,500 cars per day including the 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 7 Series, and 8 Series. Back in 2017, the plant churned out a total of 330,000 cars as well as pressed parts, seats, chassis, and drive components. BMW expects the US to be the biggest market for the new 8 Series, with over one-third of all units likely to be sold there.

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