Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

BMW 8 Series Convertible Revealed, Starts at $122,395

BMW 8 Series Convertible Revealed, Starts at $122,395

The new 8 Series Convertible will initially only be available in 850i xDrive form, meaning it will have a 4.4-liter V-8 making 523 hp and 553 lb-ft of torque.

A new aluminum alloy provides a stronger engine block, BMW said.

Adaptive LED headlights and LED rear lights come as standard. The taillights illuminate in a distinctive "L" shape.

The 8 Series Convertible - unveiled unofficially on Belgian motoring site Autotijd yesterday - swaps the coupe's hardtop for a fabric roof that tucks into a small compartment behind the back seats when not in use. Twin, trapezoidal exhaust tailpipes are positioned either side of the rear lower section. I miss the long, flowing C pillar of the coupe, but think the convertible looks great in profile, especially with the top up. Assuming the top is down, that is.Front passengers have all the same luxury amenities in the 8 Series Convertible as they do in its hardtop counterpart, with supportive, leather-trimmed seats and an array of premium materials on the doors, dashboard and center console.

Ever since BMW revived the 8 Series moniker earlier this year, many people thought that the suits in Munich wanted to square off the challenge with the niche models of the Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

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The eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission's controller networks with the vehicle's navigation system, enabling it to take the planned route into account. Longitudinally oriented lines and surfacing, driver-oriented cockpit and clearly structured arrangement of controls sharpen the focus on the dynamically engaging driving experience.

Navigation data is used to downshift early, for example, when approaching an intersection to use engine braking to slow the auto down. Be sure to order yours with the crystal gear shifter, too.

The safety net in the convertible is identical to what's offered in the coupe, meaning autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring, rear collision warning, lane departure warning, et al, are also available in the drop-top.

Price: Sill to be announced.

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