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BMW 8 Series drops its top

Luxurious new soft top flagship arrives in March 2019

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BMW has revealed the inevitable convertible version of the new 8 Series ahead of the car’s launch next spring.

The 8 Series Convertible uses a soft-top roof that can be opened and closed in 15 seconds at speeds of up to 31mph.

The flagship drop-top model will initially be available with a choice of two engines. A turbocharged six-cylinder diesel with 320hp will feature in the 840d, while the range-topping M850i will be powered by a turbocharged 4.4-litre petrol V8 producing 530hp.

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Both 8 Series Convertible models share the same eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox and drive all four wheels. As a result, performance figures for both cars are brisk. The sprint from 0-60mph is claimed to take 5.0 seconds in the diesel-powered 840d, dropping to 3.7 seconds in the M850i. Both cars have a top speed limited to 155mph.

Each benefits from adaptive sports suspension as standard, although the M850i gets an electronically-controlled locking differential included from the outset – it’s an optional extra on the 840d, though.

The 840d and M850i are set to be joined by a halo M8 convertible later next year, which is likely to use an upgraded and more powerful version of the M850i’s V8 engine.

BMW 8 Series Convertible - rear

Boot space is claimed to be 350 litres, which is respectable for a convertible GT model. The load area matches that offered by the Mercedes-Benz S-Class convertible – one of the 8 Series Convertible’s key rivals.

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.

No prices for the 8 Series Convertible have been revealed, although more details are likely to be released closer to the car’s launch.

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Stuart Masson
Stuart Massonhttps://www.thecarexpert.co.uk/
Stuart is the Editorial Director of our suite of sites: The Car Expert, The Van Expert and The Truck Expert. Originally from Australia, Stuart has had a passion for cars and the automotive industry for over thirty years. He spent a decade in automotive retail, and now works tirelessly to help car buyers by providing independent and impartial advice.