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  • No Euro NCAP score
  • Carbon Core construction
  • Lots of standard tech

BMW hasn’t submitted the 8 Series Convertible for testing at Euro NCAP, so it’s hard to say how it’ll react in a crash.

We can tell you however that the chassis of this car is very strong thanks to its Carbon Core structure, and that a new rollover protection system has been installed.

In the event of the car overturning two aluminium bars fitted within the head restraints are deployed, protecting up to four occupants.

You also get a head-up display and Active Guard, with the following systems as standard:

  • Collision warning
  • Pedestrian warning
  • City brake
  • Parking Assistant - rear-view camera and parking sensors

Optionally available is the Driving Assistant Professional pack with extra features such as steering and lane control assistant, and BMW Laserlight headlights, upgrading the standard adaptive LED items.

  • Rear seats for display purposes only
  • Similar exterior dimensions to Coupe
  • Boot is smaller but still usable

The BMW 8 Series Convertible is billed as a four seater and while there’s a bit more room in the back than smaller convertibles, you’ll still only want to ask children or forgiving adults to sit in the back. And even then, not for a long time.

There’s also a pop-up wind deflector that improves the cabin ambiance greatly when deployed, but renders the rear bench totally unusable. So really it’s best to save seats three and four for occasional passenger use, and as an extension of the boot for the rest of the time.

One good thing to point out is the speed and ease at which the vast roof opens and closes – taking 15 seconds at speeds up to 31mph. Plus when it’s closed the 8 Series Convertible shares an admirably similar silhouette to the Coupe.

Huge presence

Like the 8 Series Coupe the Convertible is far from compact, in fact it more or less shares the same dimensions as the hardtop.

This means an exterior length of 4,843mm, width of 1,902mm and height of 1,339mm – enough to make you think twice about the opening width and overall size of your garage before purchase.

Compromised practicality

Given that a portion of the boot is utilised by the folding roof mechanism you won’t be surprised to hear that the 8 Series Convertible has less luggage space than the Coupe.

To that end you get 350 litres of space with the roof up (down from 420 litres in the hardtop) and BMW hasn’t supplied the official figures when the roof is down, but it’s fair to say it’s quite a bit less than that.

Boosting what practicality there is however is a 50:50-split rear bench and a load through facility that can be utilised even when the roof is stowed. Plus, there’s an automatic bootlid as standard, which can be opened hands-free by waving a foot under the rear bumper.

Basic equipment

The basic equipment list includes equipment that is standard across all versions of the BMW 8-Series Convertible.

  • 3x3 point rear seat belts
  • ABS
  • Alarm
  • Alloy wheels
  • Audio remote
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Central locking
  • Cruise control
  • Driver`s airbag
  • Electric driver`s seat
  • Electric mirrors
  • Electric passenger`s seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Heated mirrors
  • Heated seats
  • Height adjustable drivers seat
  • Isofix child seat anchor points
  • Leather seat trim
  • Metallic Paint
  • Parking sensors
  • Passenger`s airbag
  • Remote locking
  • Sat Nav
  • Service indicator
  • Side airbags
  • Steering wheel rake adjustment
  • Steering wheel reach adjustment
  • Traction control

Equipment by trim level

To view equipment options for a specific trim level, please select from the following list:

Equipment included on some trim levels
  • Folding rear seats
  • PAS
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone

Standard Trim equipment

Standard Trim standard equipment
  • Folding rear seats
  • PAS
Standard Trim optional equipment
None available

M8 Competition equipment

M8 Competition standard equipment
  • Sports seats
  • Telephone
M8 Competition optional equipment
None available

M850i equipment

M850i standard equipment
  • Folding rear seats
  • PAS
M850i optional equipment
None available