BMW Debuts its First-Ever 8 Series Convertible

The BMW 8 Series has just gotten a fancier option, in the form of a convertible top model with a lot of power.

The 8 Series Convertible will initially launch with two options of engines, which are a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder diesel engine with 316bhp and 502lb ft at 1750rpm in the 840d xDrive convertible, and a turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 petrol engine that cranks out 523bhp and 552lb ft at 1800rpm in the M850i xDrive. The 840d xDrive can achieve 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds, while the M850i xDrive can achieve the same in 3.9 seconds, and both have a limited top speed of 155mph.

Design-wise, the new 8 Series Convertible resembles the new 8 Series Coupé, with a bold front-end and muscular lines. Additional features include a wind deflector, and a multi-layer fabric roof, which comes in a choice of either a standard black or optional anthracite color. The roof opens in 15 seconds at the touch of a button at speeds up to 31mph, automatically stowing beneath a tonneau cover trimmed with the same slush moulded plastic as the dashboard and door trims at the rear of the 2+2 cabin. Furthermore, the vehicle comes with 350 litres of boot capacity with the roof in place, which is reduced when it is stowed. In order to accommodate lengthy items, the rear seats split and fold in 50:50 form to free up greater load space.

A wide array of technology powered by BMW’s latest generation iDrive OS, can be accessed via a 10″ display behind the wheel and a 12″ display on the center console. The BMW 8 Series Convertible will be available at the dealerships in March 2019.