BMW Group has confirmed plans to begin production of its flagship 8 Series model in 2018 at its Dingolfing, Germany plant.
The new coupe and convertible will be BMW’s answer to the Mercedes-Benz S Class coupe and cabriolet, a nod to BMW’s renewed focus at the top-end of its model range as it looks to increase margins. BMW says it will commence 8 Series production with the coupe model next year, then add the convertible to the mix in 2019, as reported by Automotive News.
BMW recently previewed the new 8 Series with a concept version, so the design aspect of this new model is fairly well-known at this point. From a mechanical perspective, the 8 Series is expected to share most of its powertrains with its 7 Series sedan sibling. This means everything from BMW’s turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six on up to the M760Li xDrive’s twin-turbocharged 6.6-liter V-12 will likely find their way under the 8’s hood.
An M8 is also expected with the same 600 horsepower 4.4-liter V-8 found in the all-new M5.
It is worth noting that the Dingolfing plant has been identified as the plant that will produce BMW’s electric, autonomous model–known as iNEXT–starting in 2021. The plant is also expected to build electric powertrains for Mini models.
BMW will reveal the production version of the new 8 Series sometime in early 2018.