BMW 8 Series Gran Coupe Enters Production Looking Mighty Fine
07. July 2019 - Motor1
It's joined at the Dingolfing factory by the M8 Competition Coupe and Convertible.
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.
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.
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.