BMW’s 8 Series is a revival which the auto industry has been closely following for some time now. While the flagship coupe is set to go on sale later this year, a drop-top has already been confirmed, which will be the first time a convertible version of the 8 Series is produced. We have already spotted canvas-topped prototypes doing the testing rounds, but with lots of camo wrapped around it.  This week, our snapper managed to get some photos of the tester with its body almost bare.

The only portions that are still covered are the ones that would be different from the hardtop’s, the area around the decklid. As you’d expect, the canvas roof and the changes required to incorporate it have indeed taken away some of the attractiveness of the coupe’s elegant, sweeping roofline.

Except for the roof and the necessary reinforcements, everything else about the 8 Series convertible should be the same as the hardtop version. The convertible will also be underpinned by BMW’s CLAR modular platform, and the new twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 making 523 horsepower in the coupe is sure to be used in the top variant. Lower, inline-six powered versions are also expected, while an extreme M8 convertible is also in the works. The prototype photographed here appears to be a near production one, so a full reveal can be expected soon, even as soon as next week’s Paris motor show.

 

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