BMW has begun production of the 8 Series luxury coupe at its Dingolfing Plant in Bavaria, Germany.
Launched just ahead of this year's Le Mans endurance race, production of the 8 Series has required great investment to improve production processes, including implementation of self-driving transport systems, and smart devices.
Much of the plant and process improvements revolve around the varied use of materials in the construction of the 8 Series - steel, plastic, aluminium, and carbon fibre, is used in the body of the new car. In addition to the supporting structures at the front and rear of the vehicle, other components, such as the roof, doors, bonnet, and the front firewall of the BMW 8 Series Coupe, are made of aluminium.
For the first time in a series-production BMW model, the roof is available in carbon-fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) – which is also manufactured at Dingolfing using the wet-pressing process.
The BMW production system’s high level of flexibility allows the 8 Series to roll off the same assembly line as the BMW 5 Series and 7 Series models.
Two engine choices will be available when the new BMW 8 Series Coupe goes on sale in Europe. The 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 (530 hp and 750 Nm) which powers the M850i xDrive Coupe and the 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder turbodiesel (320 hp and 680 Nm) for the 840d xDrive Coupe.