We saw the BMW 8 Series Coupe that is positioned between a traditional sports car and a grand tourer. It's a true Mercedes S-Class Coupe competitor that can give it a run for its money with many luxury appointments. Moreover, it is said to be more athletic and more eager to hug the bends. Now, its drop-top form has also made its official debut. Enough of the pictures of the 8 Series Convertible in minimal camouflage then. Here's the real deal.
Sure, we'd got a fair idea of the convertible when its images surfaced online with minimal camouflage. Now, a closer look shows how similar this soft-top convertible is to the 8 Series Coupe.
This open-top version of the 8 Series shares styling cues, features, and the engine specs with the former. It's aimed at multiple niche markets like the 8 Series.
It's more unique thanks to the soft-top roof that can be raised or lowered in just 15 seconds at speeds of up to 48kmph. The standard deflector helps in keeping the wind noise down.
And, if the deflector isn't needed, one can fold it and store it in the trunk. There are neck warmers integrated into the front headrests proving useful when driving with the roof down in winters.
Pictures of this production-ready BMW 8 Series Convertible show off a new blackish-grey exterior paint. The grille and the LED headlamps are similar to the Coupe version.
Powering the 8 Series Convertible is a 4.4-litre biturbo V8 engine producing 523bhp and 750Nm of torque. This mill comes mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
It features BMW's xDrive all-wheel-drive system with an electronic M Sport rear differential. We can expect this convertible to be marginally slower than the coupe, which is capable of doing a 0-100kmph sprint in 3.7 seconds.
For the safety of passengers especially in the event of a crash, BMW has equipped it with an automatically activated rollover protection system.
The system automatically extends two aluminium roll bars from behind the rear headrests in a fraction of a second to protect the passengers. So one can enjoy the wind in the hair without any worries.