- New BMW 8 Series Convertible revealed
- Specs include turbo engines and four-wheel drive
- Price from £83,270
- Release date April 2019
BMW has revealed the price, specs and release date of its most expensive drop top – the BMW 8 Series Convertible. It gets the company’s latest infotainment tech, powerful engines and head-turning looks in hopes to persuade you out of the much pricier Mercedes S-Class Cabriolet.
2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible price and specs
The BMW 8 Series Convertible is set to go on sale in April 2019 so expect the first cars to be delivered around August that year. Sitting at the top of BMW’s convertible range, the 8 Series Cabriolet will have an entry-level price of £83,270 for the 840d and £107,045 for the more powerful M850i.
2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible styling
The BMW 8 Series Cabriolet shares its styling with the 8 Series coupe.
Up front you’ll spot the huge kidney grilles (with closable flaps to improve aerodynamics) flanked by a pair of adaptive LED headlights. Super-bright BMW Laserlights that adjust to the road are optional and sporty M850i versions of the car get a more aggressive front apron that makes the car appear lower to the road.
In profile you’ll spot the BMW’s huge 20-inch wheels and that the soft top folds neatly behind the rear seats leaving only a small bulge behind the rear headrests. The convertible roof can be operated at speeds of up to 31mph and closes in 15 seconds.
Around the back, the most noticeable feature is the dual trapezoidal exhaust that, depending on versions, can be either polished or dark chrome. You can also specify an M Carbon package that adds a carbon-fibre rear apron alongside carbon-fibre mirror covers and air-intake surrounds.
2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible interior
Inside, the BMW 8 Series Convertible is near identical to the Coupe. It’s a distinctive design that is unlike any other BMW model with the centre console forming a cockpit around you. Trim inserts are silver as standard with wood or carbon fibre available as options. You also get cool ambient lighting that can pulses when you get a phone call.
The BMW 8 Series Convertible is fitted as standard with the latest iDrive infotainment system – you get two displays: one 10.25-inch touchscreen in the middle of the dash and one 12.3-inch that replaces the dials. You can control both screens via improved voice commands that should respond to colloquial commands such as ‘Where can I fill up?’ or ‘I’m cold!’. You also have Apple CarPlay connectivity and wireless smartphone charging as standard. A very useful head-up display is also part of the standard equipment.
Electronically adjustable leather seats are standard and you can choose from a variety of colours. The M Sport steering wheel is also standard, as are a foldable wind deflector and neck warmers, ventilated seats and a heated steering wheel are optional. The two rear seats split-fold 50:50 so you can carry extra long luggage through from the boot and it opens hands-free on all 8 Series Convertible models.
2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible engines and driving
The BMW 8 Series Convertible gets a choice of two engines – the 840d diesel and M850i petrol. The 840d uses a 320hp 3.0-litre diesel, to get from 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds. But the M850i is the daddy – its 530hp 4.4-litre V8 launches it from 0-62mph in just 3.9 seconds. Claimed fuel economy for the 840d is 45mpg, while the M850i gets 28mpg. Both cars come with an eight-speed automatic and xDrive four-wheel drive.
Whichever version of the 8 Series you choose, you get suspension that’s been fettled by BMW Motorsport and rear-wheel steering. Both should make the BMW 8 Series Convertible impressively agile for its size. Optional M Adaptive Roll Stabilisation, meanwhile, limits body roll in real time as it happens.
On top of that, the BMW 8 Series Convertible comes with a rollover protection system alongside a raft of safety systems such as blind spot monitoring and lane keep assist. Autonomous driving aids that essentially drive the car for you on the motorway, are optional.
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