BMW has put its 8 Series Convertible on UK sale at prices starting from £83,295, which is £7,000 more than the coupé version that went on sale in December.
The drop-top version of the German brand’s flagship model will be available from launch in two versions – both are all-wheel drive with the choice of a V8 petrol engine of 530hp or a six-cylinder diesel putting out 320hp.
More versions are expected to follow the initial powertrain options, including an M version with in excess of 600hp.
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According to BMW, the built-in rigidity of the new 8 Series platform meant that only a small number of weight-increasing measures were required to create the Convertible. The drop-top tips the scales around 125kg heavier than its Coupe sister.
The soft-top roof is fully electric, opening and closing in 18 seconds and able to be activated at speeds up to 31mph. When open the soft top stows under a cover behind the cabin.
Model specific features include two contour lines on the boot, and under the L-shaped rear lights a twilight bar also lights up.
The £83,295 price tag buys the diesel-powered M850i. It hits 62mph from rest in 5.2 seconds with 39.8-38.7mpg fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 161g/km.
In M850Xi form with the V8 engine, the Convertible hits 62mph from rest in 3.9 seconds with 26.6mpg fuel economy and CO2 emissions of 225g/km. Like the diesel, it is electronically limited to 155mph while the cost is £107,100.
Standard equipment includes adaptive LED headlamps, while on the options list are BMW’s LaserLights. These vary their road illumination according to conditions and offer a selective beam. Optional Come Line Exterior and M Carbon Exterior styling additions are also available for owners wishing to individualise their cars.
Bespoke paint finishes are also being offered with the 8 Series Convertible. At launch a choice of one non-metallic and seven metallic exterior paint finishes are available while a host of extra finishes are available on the BMW Individual programme including matt paint finishes with a satin surface and the Frozen Bluestone metallic shade.
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