BMW is forging ahead with its model offensive in the luxury segment with the presentation of an open-top sports car which explores the highest reaches of dynamic flair, emotionality and exclusivity. The new BMW 8 Series Convertible blends ultra-sporty driving properties with distinctive design elegance and offers an extremely exclusive passport to hallmark BMW driving pleasure and a full-blooded open-top driving experience.
The new BMW 8 Series Convertible combines dynamic flair and serene long-distance ability with a sumptuous open-top driving experience for four people. The car offers a classical soft-top roof with fully electric, extremely quiet operation, minimized weight and outstanding acoustic comfort. The roof opens and closes in 15 seconds at the touch of a button and when traveling at up to 50 km/h (31 mph). The soft-top in Black comes as standard or Anthracite Silver effect as an option.
The car features standalone interpretation of emotionally rich exterior styling based on the new, clear and precise BMW design language. Familiar BMW proportions and elegantly flowing lines stand out particularly clearly with the roof down. Compact, taut soft-top generates distinctive “deck” silhouette.
The read design is wide, sporty and underlines the low-slung stance of the new BMW 8 Series Convertible. Both exterior and interior design work together harmoniously. Gently rising shoulder-line surrounds for the side windows and soft-top lid merge. Front and rear seats embraced in a flowing movement. Sophisticated design for soft-top compartment with subtle domes and surfacing that takes its cues from the instrument panel and door shoulders.
The market launch of the model is scheduled for March 2019 with two model variants: BMW M850i xDrive with 390 kW/530 hp V8 engine and BMW 840d xDrive Convertible with six-cylinder in-line diesel engine and 235 kW/320 hp.
This unadulterated sports car character thanks to unwavering focus on maximizing performance capability, powertrain technology and chassis in the development of the body structure. The car has been developed alongside BMW 8 Series Coupe, BMW M8 and BMW M8 GTE endurance racer. Its low center of gravity, even weight distribution, lightweight construction using aluminum, magnesium and carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic (CFRP), aerodynamically optimized, almost lift-free body make it even sportier.
The extremely stiff body and chassis structure with Convertible-specific underbody bracing, special occupant protection measures, including strengthened windscreen frame and rollover bars behind the rear seats that extend by pyrotechnic charge offer better security.
The car features Adaptive M suspension, Integral Active Steering and mixed-size tyres as standard. M Sport differential (with electronically controlled differential lock) fitted as standard at the rear axle of the BMW M850i xDrive Convertible and available as an option for the BMW 840d xDrive Convertible.
The car is fitted with adaptive LED headlights and LED rear lights as standard. BMW Laser light with Selective Beam and high beam range increased to 600 meters available as an option. Further individualization options provided by Chrome Line Exterior, M Carbon exterior package with air intake slats, exterior mirror covers and exhaust tailpipe embellisher in CFRP, plus BMW Individual features. Convertible-specific equipment features designed to enhance comfort include pop-up wind deflector in the rear fitted as standard, neck warmers integrated into the front head restraints are optional.