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.
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.