It’s been five months since BMW revived the 8 Series nameplate after it sat dormant for almost 20 years and that was reason enough to be smiling — but the latest news from Lower Bavaria will make your cheeks ache; unlike its predecessor, the new flagship Coupe will be joined by a stunning convertible!
Set to make its debut at the Los Angeles motor show later this month and expected to go on sale in March next year, the drop-top replaces the defunct 6 Series Convertible, and will be built at the massive Dingolfing plant, where BMW has been producing the new 8 Series since July.
Several variants of the roofless 8 will be produced with the first off the line being the M850i xDrive; the all-wheel drive BMW will be powered by a 4.4-litre twin turbo V8 mated to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic and it produces 530 horsepower and 750Nm of torque. It will be able to despatch the 0-100kph dash in just 3.9 seconds and have an electronically limited top speed of 250kph. You know what that means don’t you? Exactly — make sure that toupee is on tight! The fully electric black soft-top roof opens and closes in 15 seconds and can be deployed at up to speeds of 50kph. It’s also available in Anthracite Silver as an option.
It looks just like the tin-top which is good news because that one is eye-wideningly hot. In fact, the only difference is the boot lid and the roof, oh, and a few extra millimetres of headroom that it affords... We love the low, wide stance, the angular headlights (high-intensity LEDs as standard; Laserlights are optional) and the latest BMW kidney grille on the nose below which sits a large front splitter that helps to give this suave drop-top an aggressive edge. The muscular bonnet and vents behind the front wheels are nice touches. Around the back, it features a standard diffuser element and while the aforementioned boot is slightly different to help accommodate the retractable top. When the top is closed, the storage capacity is at 350 litres — that’s a 70-litre decrease compared to the Coupe.
The interior is almost identical to the Coupe’s which means it packs the fresh new dash and centre console, yards of luxurious Merino leather, metal inlays, and aluminium trim. It has a set of digital gauges behind the M leather steering wheel measuring 12.3in and a 10.25in digital infotainment screen. Some of the standard tech includes parking assist, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, steering assist and blind spot monitors. The only difference is the addition of pop-up wind deflectors in the rear as standard while neck warmers integrated into the front head restraints are optional.
Large cabriolets aren’t that common now but since Merc offers a convertible S-Class, that is reason enough for this BMW, which we dare say looks better, to exist.
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