After almost 20 years since the original E31 was discontinued in 1999, the BMW 8 Series has finally returned to production. Revealed last June at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Bavarian automaker has announced that the first batch of 8 Series have recently entered production at their Dingolfing plant in Germany.
The plant recently got a three million Euro investment to handle 8 Series production, while currently producing the 7 Series as well. New innovations such as BMW's ProGlove smart glove scanner and virtual reality glasses were also used to help speed up production of the grand tourer in the plant.
For the time being, BMW is only producing the 8 Series Coupe. Do note that it is also the first regular production BMW to be produced with a carbon fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof. We do know that an 8 Series Convertible and Grand Coupe (4-door) are also in the works, thanks to previous spy photos and concepts revealed by BMW themselves. That said, all three body styles are also expected to be given the M-treatment.
“As the plant that builds the BMW 7 Series sedans, BMW Group Plant Dingolfing has outstanding expertise in producing vehicles for the luxury segment. We are optimally prepared for production of the new BMW 8 Series Coupé. I am sure our customers around the world will love this luxury sportscar,” said Dr. Andreas Wendt, head of BMW Group Plant Dingolfing.
For those wondering, BMW initially revealed the 8 Series Coupe as an M850i xDrive variant. In fact, most of the images that have been revealed are of that particular guise. However, it won't be the only variant to go into production. The 840d xDrive, which is powered a 3.0-liter six cylinder diesel engine that proudces 320 PS and 680 Nm torque, will also be rolling out of the Dingolfing plant together with the M850i xDrive.
The M8, 8 Series Convertible and 8 Series Gran Coupe will also roll out of the same factory once they have been revealed.