BMW M8 Gran Coupe enters production before heading to LA (Chris Bruce)
BMW M8 Gran Coupe Production Start

Some markets get the saloon as soon as January.

The BMW M8 Gran Coupe debuts at this week's Los Angeles Auto Show. The automaker's factory in Dingolfing, Germany, is already building the high-performance saloon, and sales in markets like Germany begin in January.

The M8 Gran Coupe takes the existing 8 Series saloon and improves its performance. The base version boasts a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 making 591 bhp and 553 pound-feet of torque, which allows for a sprint to 60 miles per hour in 3.1 seconds. There's also the even hotter Competition grade with 617 bhp and 553 lb-ft, and the extra power shaves the run to 60 mph to 3.0 seconds. Regardless of the model, the four-door comes with an eight-speed automatic and all-wheel drive.

The M8 Gran Coupe is here:

The M8 saloons also gain adaptive dampers and improved brakes. Larger, carbon-ceramic discs are an additional option. The body looks a bit different, too, including a wider rear track and carbon-fibre roof.

While sales begin in some places in January, the M8 Gran Coupe First Edition arrives in a limited run of 400 units in April 2020, although none are coming to the United Kingdom. The version gets touches like Aurora Diamond Green Metallic exterior paint from the BMW Individual palette and bronze accents. This sedan also rides on a different design for the wheels. The price for this limited-run model isn't yet available.

However, in the UK prices for the M8 Gran Coupe start at £120,935 for the Competition spec which is the only available trim. The cost of the options isn't available yet, but expect them closer to launch in early 2020.