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BMW 8-Series Convertible review

2019 onwards (change model)
Parkers overall rating: 4.1 out of 54.1
” BMW 8 Series loses roof but not refinement “

At a glance

Price new £90,990 - £168,355
Used prices £23,537 - £96,134
Road tax cost £600
Insurance group 47 - 50
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Fuel economy 24.4 - 43.5 mpg
Range 389 - 624 miles
Miles per pound 3.6 - 5.6
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Pros & cons

  • Characterful petrol engines
  • Refined with roof up or down
  • Balance of handling and comfort
  • Doesn’t feel as special as rivals
  • Manually-operated windbreak
  • Very heavy and reliant on electronic aids

Written by Tom Wiltshire Published: 31 July 2023 Updated: 31 July 2023


The BMW 8 Series Convertible is the brand’s flagship open-topped car. It’s a four-seat, drop-top version of the 8 Series Coupe, and is meant to rival some of the very best convertible cars on sale today.

BMW promises that the 8 Series is as refined and as engaging as the Coupe that it’s related to, which is quite a claim given that the act of removing a roof always brings compromises. Certainly this and the car’s near six-figure starting means high expectations of a car that can be both fun to drive and superbly luxurious – equal parts sports car and grand tourer.

The competition at this level is exceptionally good, too. The headline competitor is of course the brilliant Porsche 911 Cabriolet – with decades of DNA and driving dynamics at the forte. There’s also the new Mercedes SL, which offers a sportier focus and plenty of in-car tech. Or for a left-field option, Lexus offers the spectacular-looking LC Convertible, with a naturally-aspirated V8 and distinctly old-school feel.

The 8 Series Convertible range has been slimmed down since launch. There are three engine options each tied to their own trim level. The entry-level M Sport 840i uses a 3.0-litre straight-six and as you’d hope comes very well-equipped as standard with niceties such as adaptive LED headlights, Harman Kardon stereo, heated seats, climate control and various assisted driving features.

The M850i and ballistically powerful M8 Competition use a 4.4-litre V8 engine and add adaptive suspension, four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering. On the options list you’ll find things like upgraded ‘Laserlight’ headlights, a more powerful Bowers & Wilkins stereo, seat ventilation, and even BMW’s ‘CraftedClarity’ package – which gives you selected interior switchgear made of pure crystal. Classy.

Keep reading for our full BMW 8 Series Convertible review, in which we’ll rank the car’s interior, practicality, running costs and driving dynamics.