BMW 8 Series Convertible on sale at £83k

V8 and diesel-powered drop tops available at launch – M version likely in future.

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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.

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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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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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