Sales of BMW’s new gorgeous grand tourer are slated to kick off in November.
It’s been nearly 20 years since the original BMW 8 Series finished production, but now the gorgeous grand-tourer is making a belated comeback. The second-generation BMW 8 Series was unveiled last month at Le Mans, and now the luxury coupe has officially entered series production at BMW’s Dingolfing factory in Germany. It’s a big deal for BMW, as the company has invested an “amount in the low three-digit-million euro range” to prepare the site for the new 8 Series.
BMW says “a large number of digital innovations” have been integrated into the production process, including self-driving transport systems and smart devices. The 8 Series is being built alongside the 5 Series and 7 Series on the assembly line and represents the first regular production BMW to be offered with a roof made from carbon fiber reinforced plastic. “As the plant that builds the BMW 7 Series sedans, BMW Group Plant Dingolfing has outstanding expertise in producing vehicles for the luxury segment, said Dr. Andreas Wendt, head of BMW Group Plant Dingolfing. “We are optimally prepared for production of the new BMW 8 Series Coupe."
"I am sure our customers around the world will love this luxury sports car.” Currently, the 8 Series Coupe is the only model being assembled at the plant. Specifically, M850i xDrive shown in photos of the production plant utilizes a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 pumping out 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque, and will go on sale this November. It will eventually be joined by an 8 Series Convertible and 8 Series Gran Coupe. All three body styles will also get the full-fat M treatment, as the M8 will debut later this year packing at least 600 hp.