- First images of 2019 four-seat cabriolet unveiled
- Launches with option of 840d diesel or M850i petrol
- On sale in April 2019 with lots of tech, fabric roof
The BMW 8 Series Convertible is a four-seat, two-door drop-top version of the handsome new range-topping Coupe. It’s set to go on sale in April 2019 and joins the line-up alongside the yet-to-be-revealed four-door 8 Series Gran Coupe.
All three bodystyles will eventually get M8 performance derivatives too.
The Convertible’s fabric roof can be raised and lowered in 15 seconds at speeds up to 31mph, and can be ordered in a range of colours to contrast with the paintwork on the main body of the car.
BMW 8 Series Convertible dimensions
The new open-top 8 Series is almost identical to its Coupe sibling, and has the following dimensions:
- Length: 4,843mm
- Width: 1,902mm (without door mirrors)
- Height: 1,339mm
Its boot measures 350 litres with the roof closed, although its capacity drops when the top is down (by how much we’re not sure at time of writing). It's worth noting that the compartment that stores the roof can be lifted with it stowed away and the load-through facility in the back seats can still be used.
The luggage compartment’s lid is powered as standard, with handsfree operation from the key.
BMW 8 Series Convertible: the engines
There are two options available upon launch, with an extremely high-performance M8 Convertible model in the pipeline for 2020. You’re able to order a petrol V8 version called the M850i xDrive, while diesel will be offered in the shape of the 840d xDrive. As the names suggest, all versions get BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. Performance figures are as follows:
- BMW M850i xDrive – 530hp, 750Nm, 0-62mph in 3.9 seconds, top speed 155mph, 28.5mpg and 225g/km of CO2 emissions
- BMW 840d xDrive – 320hp, 700Nm, 0-62mph in 5.2 seconds, top speed 155mph, 45.6mpg and 161g/km of CO2 emissions
But it’s not all about straight-line speed. BMW’s engineers have also thrown in a decent amount of standard kit to make the 8 Series handle well. Adaptive suspension is standard along with rear-wheel steering (that helps reduce the turning circle at low speeds and stability when going quicker), and active anti-roll stabilisation that counteracts bodyroll in corners for a flatter posture.
This can all be tweaked (along with engine and gearbox responses, and the weighting and speed of the steering) using BMW’s drive modes, which include Sport, Sport+, Eco Pro and Comfort.
BMW 8 Series Convertible: multimedia technology
The BMW Live Professional Cockpit comes as standard in the soft-top 8 Series, which includes a digital dashboard along with a 10.25-inch touchscreen, a rotary touchpad, steering wheel controls and voice control using real-world phrases - initiated by the command ‘Hey BMW’ – though you can change this ‘trigger word’ to anything you want. The days of giving your car a name aren’t quite over yet…
Other features include Apple CarPlay connectivity, real-time traffic and parking information, a head-up display, automatic parking and a rear-view camera.
Of course, the optional extras list is going to be extensive, with a number of packs on offer and BMW Individual on hand to further personalise your car if required.
When is the BMW 8 Series Convertible on sale and how much is it?
Set to go on sale in April 2019, the BMW 8 Series Convertible will cost from £83,270 for the 840d xDrive.
Move up to the M850i xDrive and the price climbs to £107,045.