BMW reveals 8 Series convertible

Nichole VegaNov 04, 2018

BMW says the M850i xDrive Convertible can sprint to 60 miles per hour in 3.9 seconds, which is 0.3 seconds slower than the coupe, largely due to the droptop's 258-pound weight penalty.iDrive 7 tech and high-quality materials highlight the M850i Convertible's cabin. I have every reason to believe the M850i Convertible will be just as enjoyable to drive as the coupe I recently tested.Following its debut at the 2018 LA Auto Show, the 2019 BMW M850i Convertible will hit USA dealerships in March, priced from $121,400. An M8 from BMW M is also in the pipeline. That's because additional reinforcement is required to make bodies of convertibles stiffer than their coupes stablemates.

Earlier this fall, BMW reintroduced the 8-series coupe, the first new 8 series in two decades. An eight-speed automatic will handle the gear changes.

The slender all-LED rear light clusters extend deep into the flanks. Twin, trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes are positioned either side of the rear lower section.

The convertible's styling is almost identical to the coupe, except for the electrically folding soft top. Seeing the 8 Series Convertible in a couple of photos yesterday was enticing but now it's time to see it in motion and even hear the M850i engine roar a little bit.

A pop-up wind deflector is fitted to the 8 Series Convertible as standard, while those looking for added roof-down comfort can choose to have neck warmers in the front headrests. It also uses the same wheelbase as the recently introduced 8 Series coupé at 2822mm.

Electrically adjustable sports seats with memory function and Vernasca leather trim as standard in the BMW 840d xDrive Convertible. The car's wide centre console rises up towards the instrument panel at the front, separating the driver and front passenger areas. The standard seats are heated, but buyers can upgrade to ones that are also ventilated.

Options include Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Driving Assistant Professional with steering and lane control assistant, BMW Display key, Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System and BMW Laserlights with Selective Beam.

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