Twenty years have passed since the original BMW 8 Series finished production, but now the beautiful grand-tourer is making a belated comeback. The second-generation BMW 8 Series was unveiled recently at Le Mans, and now the luxury coupe has officially entered series production at BMW’s Dingolfing factory in Germany.
BMW says that 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.
Currently, the 8 Series Coupe is the only model being assembled at the plant. Specifically, M8501 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.