New (SA-bound) BMW M8 Gran Coupé: mass production commences

BMW has announced that mass production of its new M8 Gran Coupé has commenced at the firm’s Dingolfing plant.

The new M8 Gran Coupé effectively completes the 8 Series family, and is built in standard form and an even hotter Competition flavour.

The four-door performance saloon is powered by the Bavarian automaker’s twin-turbo 4,4-litre V8 petrol engine which in standard M8 Gran Coupé guise produces 441 kW and 750 N.m of torque. The flagship Competition model, however, gains an extra 19 kW, upping its power output to a whopping 460 kW.

The BMW Group’s Dingolfing plant produces “up to” 60 units of the M8 model family per day, with some 40 percent of production volume accounted for by the Gran Coupé.

“With the new BMW M8 Gran Coupé, the location has once again proven what it is capable of. After five successful ramp-ups in 2019, we have once again strengthened our position at the top of our model portfolio and strengthened our position as the leading unit of the luxury class. All employees can be proud of this,” said Christoph Schröder, head of the BMW Group Dingolfing Plant.

BMW furthermore says a “special series” version of the M8 Gran Coupé limited to 400 units will be available from April 2020, after the official market launch of the newcomer. A highlight of the M8 Gran Coupé First Edition will be the BMW Individual special paint finish Aurora Diamond Green metallic and the BMW Iconic Laser Light in penetrating yellow.

The Dingolfing factory produces around 1 500 units a day, comprising 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 6 Series, 7 Series and 8 Series models. In 2018, the plant built almost 330 000 vehicles. The plant also builds body shells for all Rolls-Royce models.

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