BMW 8 Series Convertible debuts: ?523-hp M850i xDrive starts at $122,395
04 November, 2018, 21:03 | Author: Rafael Roberts
It looks like the new BMW 8 series convertible has been leaked ahead of the official launch, a number of photos of the auto have appeared online. The M850i xDrive 'vert features the new 4.4-liter TwinPower twin-turbocharged V8 that debuted in the coupe.
The M850i convertible, seen in European form here, looks slightly more upright than the coupe due to the soft top, but it retains a related low and wide overall shape. The Coupe, meanwhile, goes for $9,500 less at $111,900.
The soft top will require about 15 seconds to open or close and can be operated up until 48 km/h. Both versions will not only use xDrive, BMW's intelligent all-wheel drive system, they will be equipped with an eight-speed steptronic sport transmission.
BMW has scheduled the 8 Series Convertible for an overseas launch (including Europe) from March 2019, with pricing to be announced.
The convertible will be offered in two variants in Europe, the M850i xDrive, which is powered by a new version of BMW's TwinPower Turbo 4.4-liter, V-8 engine that generates 523 hp and can go from 0 to 62 miles per hour (100 kph) in 3.9 seconds. According to BMW's estimates, it will do 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds and has a limited top speed of 155 miles per hour.
Boot space is respectable given the car's convertible roof, with 350 litres of load area matching that offered by the Mercedes S-Class Convertible - one of the 8 Series Convertible's key rivals.
The 8 Series Convertible comes with a standard wind deflector that can be placed behind the front seats to cut down on wind curling back to the front row of seats. A diesel, the 840d xDrive, uses a V-6 powerplant to make 320 hp and can accelerate to 62 miles per hour (100 kph) in 5.2 seconds. For example, an optional M Carbon Exterior Package uses carbon-fiber reinforced polymer pieces for the air intake bars, exterior mirror caps, and rear diffuser insert. Night vision is available, too. Even when it's tucked away, the roof manages to hew to the overall design of the model: the "double-bubble" contour of the cover behind the two rear seats mimics the design incorporated in the BMW 8 Series Convertible's roofline.
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