To prepare for production of the 8 Series, BMW invested in the “low three-digit-million euro range” in the plant in Lower Bavaria. Part of the investment was for a number of digital innovations that were integrated into the production process, including self-driving transport systems and smart devices.
The 2019 BMW 8 Series is BMW’s first production model to be offered with an optional carbon-fiber reinforced plastic (CFRP) roof. To keep its weight in check, the 8 Series also uses an extensive amount of aluminum. The hood, doors and roof are made from aluminum.
The 2019 8 Series will arrive in the US in November and the first model will be the M850i xDrive Coupe, which is powered by a 4.4-liter V8 with 530 hp and 553 lb-ft. of torque. Buyers in Europe can also choose the diesel powered 840d xDrive Coupe with its 3.0-liter in-line six-cylinder diesel engine with 320 hp and 502 lb-ft. of torque. If you were hoping for more power, stay tuned for the M8, which is expected to debut later this year with around 600 horsepower.