The 6 Series Gran Coupe is officially dead as the all-new 8 GC has taken its place in BMW’s vast lineup now that production has commenced. The attractive sedan confusingly called a coupe has hit the assembly line at the factory in Dingolfing where it joins the two-door 8 Series models that have been in production since last year.
Gallery: BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe enters production at Dingolfing factory
BMW doesn’t specify whether this lovely M850i is actually the very first customer-spec 8 Series Gran Coupe or among the first ones, but the car in question seems to be wearing one of those fancy BMW Individual paints. A quick look at the German configurator shows the M850i with an optional Aventurine Red you can have for a cool €2,400 – and this is likely the shade featured here. It’s combined with a series of dark exterior accents and blue brake calipers making the not-a-coupe BMW one of the brand’s most attractive cars money can buy.
In addition, BMW has also kicked off production of the M8 Competition Coupe and M8 Competition Convertible at its plant in Lower Bavaria where it currently builds five flavors of the 8 Series. The sixth member of the family will arrive soon as the M8 Gran Coupe is going to be unveiled in the months to come following last year’s stunning namesake concept shown in Geneva.
Gallery: BMW M8 Competition Coupe, M8 Competition Convertible enter production at Dingolfing factory
As it stands, BMW puts together about 60 M8s each and every day at this factory, but this number is likely to grow once the M8 Gran Coupe will enter the series production phase. The German marque explains all M8s built at the Dingolfing plant have to go through a rigorous quality inspection on the break-in course adjacent to the factory before the vehicles are delivered to their rightful owners.
Interestingly, BMW expects the United States to be the biggest market for the M8 models as a third of the production is estimated to be earmarked for North American customers.
Start of production for three new BMW 8 Series models
New BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé and new BMW M8 Competition Coupé and Convertible roll off the line at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing
Dingolfing. Today, no fewer than three new models from the BMW 8 Series family will all go into production at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing: the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé, the new M8 Competition Coupé (fuel consumption combined: 10.6 – 10.5 l/100 km (26.6 – 26.9 mpg imp); CO2 emissions combined: 242 – 238 g/km*) and the new M8 Competition Convertible (fuel consumption combined: 10.8 – 10.6 l/100 km (26.2 – 26.6 mpg imp); CO2 emissions combined: 246 – 241 g/km*). This brings the total number of luxurious sports coupé variants built at the plant in Lower Bavaria to five, with the sixth family member already on the horizon: The BMW M8 Gran Coupé will also celebrate its world premiere later this year, as the Dingolfing plant expands its position as the BMW brand’s primary plant for luxury cars and continues its product offensive in this segment.
The new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé
The new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé from BMW Group Plant Dingolfing offers the best of both worlds. This four-door model is a genuine sports car that combines spaciousness in the rear with all the benefits of a luxury sedan. The Gran Coupé is 231 mm longer and 61 mm taller than the regular Coupé. The 28 mm wider rear axle sets a new production record: No other BMW brand vehicle has a wider rear axle.
The panoramic glass roof option, available exclusively in the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé, creates a continuous transparent area from the windscreen to the rear window. To ensure seamless integration into the vehicle roof, this is already fitted in the paint shop. The additional weight of this four-door variant, at around 70 kilograms more than the BMW 8 Series Coupé, is moderate, however – thanks to an intelligent material mix, with doors and flaps made of aluminium and the boot lid formed from SMC plastic.
The exceptional balance between performance and supreme long-distance comfort is best experienced in the rear seats of the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé. The rear seat bench, which is styled as individual seats, features two integral head rests.
The new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé will roll off the production line at BMW Group Plant Dingolfing, along with the BMW 5 Series, 7 Series and remaining 8 Series variants. The Gran Coupé is expected to make up over half BMW 8 Series volumes, making it the most-produced variant of the BMW 8 Series family. The luxury sports coupé is proving especially popular with customers in the United States, which is expected to account for almost a third of sales, followed by the Middle East region and the UK market.
The three engine variants available for the new BMW 8 Series Gran Coupé from market launch in autumn 2019 reflect the four-door luxury coupé’s breadth of character. In addition to the range-topping 530 hp 4.4 litre eight-cylinder petrol engine and a 320 hp six-cylinder inline diesel unit with impressive traction, a high-revving 3.0 litre six-cylinder inline petrol engine with a maximum output of 340 hp is now also available for the first time.
New BMW M8 Competition Coupé and Convertible
The upper end of the BMW 8 Series family’s performance range is clearly defined by the new BMW M8 Competition Coupé and the new BMW M8 Competition Convertible. With these high-performance sportscars, Plant Dingolfing is venturing into a new performance range in the luxury segment. The most powerful engine in the BMW Group’s model line-up delivers 625 hp. The 4.4 l V8 engine takes the BMW M8 Competition Coupé from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.2 seconds. In combination with the M Driver’s Package offered as an option, the top speed is not electronically limited until 305 km/h.
The interior of the BMW M sportscar from Dingolfing pairs the sporty character of a high-performance vehicle with the luxurious ambience created by stylish details and meticulous workmanship. The character-defining features of the new BMW M8 Coupé include the double-bubble contour of its carbon-fibre reinforced plastic roof (CFRP), which is manufactured in an innovative wet compression process at Plant Dingolfing.
Around 60 BMW M8s leave the Dingolfing facility every day. Each vehicle undergoes a final quality inspection on the plant’s own break-in course prior to delivery. The luxury sports coupé’s biggest sales are expected to come from the US, with well over a third of all units likely to be sold there. No other market comes close. Both Coupé and Convertible body variants are equally popular with BMW M8 customers.