Bavarian automaker, BMW, presented its open-top sports car, the all new 8 series Convertible. The latest from BMW’s stable blends ultra-sporty driving properties with a full-blooded open-top driving experience.
A classic soft-top roof define the distinctive appearance of this open-top four-seater for the luxury class. The powertrain and chassis technology developed for the BMW 8 Series model range and a body structure of extraordinarily rigidity provide an ideal platform for the new BMW 8 Series Convertible’s fusion of thrilling sports performance and long-distance motoring.
Two extremely powerful engines will be available from launch in March 2019. The 390 kW/530 hp V8 petrol engine in the BMW M850i xDrive Convertible takes to the stage with characterful power delivery and a soundtrack to match. The BMW 840d xDrive Convertible is fitted with a six-cylinder in-line diesel engine developing 235 kW/320 hp.
With an exterior length of 4,843 millimetres, width of 1,902 millimetres and height of 1,339 millimetres, plus a 2,822-millimetre wheelbase and track widths of 1,619 millimetres (front) and 1,642 millimetres (rear), its dimensions match those of the BMW 8 Series Coupe almost exactly.
Adaptive LED Headlights are part of standard specification. Meanwhile, the optional BMW Laserlight with variable road illumination and Selective Beam generates a high-beam range of around 600 metres.
The new BMW 8 Series Convertible’s folding roof stands out with its weight-minimising design and superb acoustic insulation. The soft-top, which comes in black as standard but is available in Anthracite Silver effect as an option, opens and closes fully automatically and at the touch of a button in 15 seconds. The extremely hushed roof operation can be activated with the car travelling at up to 50 km/h (31 mph). When opened, the soft-top stows away under a cover whose surface structure and stitching match those of the instrument panel and interior door/side panel trim, and which features eye-catching domes at the level of the rear seats.
Standard equipment for the new BMW 8 Series Convertible includes a wind deflector which can be set up in the rear-seat area to prevent unwanted air turbulence when driving with the top down. For an even greater feel-good factor when driving with the top down in cooler weather, the new BMW 8 Series Convertible is available with optional neck warmers whose air outlets are integrated into the front-seat head restraints.
An almost fully sealed underbody, active air flap control, Air Curtains and extremely slender exterior mirror stalks optimise the new BMW 8 Series Convertible’s aerodynamic properties. An intelligent mixture of materials helps to reconcile exacting and conflicting demands when it comes to combining body rigidity with minimised weight.
Both engines meet the Euro 6d-TEMP standard. They channel their power through to the road via an eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission and BMW xDrive. The intelligent all-wheel-drive system is tuned to have an appreciably rear-wheel bias in the new BMW 8 Series Convertible, ensuring it offers the signature driving experience of a BMW sports car.
Comfort and safety on board the new BMW 8 Series Convertible are boosted by state-of-the-art driver assistance systems. Standard equipment includes the Head-Up Display. Available as optional equipment is the Driving Assistant, which comprises the Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning system with City Braking function, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Change Warning, Speed Limit Info, Rear Cross Traffic Alert and Rear Collision warning.
Among the items on the options list are Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function, Driving Assistant Professional (extra features include the Steering and lane control assistant) and BMW Night Vision. Also standard is the Parking Assistant, which includes a rear-view camera and the Reversing Assistant.
The new BMW 8 Series Convertible comes as standard with the BMW Live Cockpit Professional. This includes a navigation and multimedia system, a fully digital, high-resolution instrument cluster behind the steering wheel with a screen diagonal of 12.3 inches and a Control Display measuring 10.25 inches across. The new BMW Operating System 7.0 stands out with its cutting-edge, digital functions tailored precisely to the driver’s requirements. When it comes to intuitive operation options, drivers can choose from touchscreen functionality via the Control Display, the iDrive Controller, buttons on the steering wheel and voice control.
Another element of the operating system is the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. Activated by the voice prompt “Hey BMW”, this digital companion assists the driver in operating the car’s functions and gains more skills all the time thanks to seamless updates via the Remote Software Upgrade facility.