Luxury convertible offers plenty of traction to drivers

BMW has released further information about the stunning new 8 Series Convertible, which combines open-top, four-seater luxury with sports car performance and handling and spacious interior.

Two engines will be offered at launch: a V8 petrol engine in the 530hp BMW M850i xDrive version and a 320hp six-cylinder diesel in the BMW 840d xDrive, priced respectively at €181,400 and €127,690. 

Those are ‘on the road’ prices.

Using the new BMW 8 Series platform and distinctive new design language, the car marries elegance with sporting prowess.

It has an exterior length of 4,843mm, a width of 1,902mm and height of 1,339mm, along with a 2,822mm wheelbase and track widths of 1,619mm (front). 

Those dimensions match the BMW 8 Series Coupé almost exactly.

The Munich giant says the focus on exceptional body rigidity for the concept underpinning the BMW 8 Series means that only a small number of additional convertible-specific and weight-increasing measures were required.

The 8 Series cuts an impressive figure with both the roof up or down. 

Precise character lines trace the path of the airflow between the front and rear wheels while tapered surfaces around the front wheels and doors spread out at the top of the rear wheels. 

Discreet contouring marks out the surfacing above the rear wheels as the flanks transition into the rear end.

The compartment for the soft-top roof causes the trailing edge of the car’s body to be slightly higher than that of the BMW 8 Series Coupé. With the roof down, the rear end appears extremely flat and low to the road. 

In addition, horizontal lines and light units extending into the flanks accentuate the width of the car. 

The third brake light embedded in the boot lid adds to a low-slung look.

Two engines are used in the BMW 8 Series Convertible and they are accompanied by a model-specific sports exhaust system.

The BMW M850i xDrive version is powered by a 530 bhp V8 petrol delivering a peak torque of 750 Nm and a zero and 100 kph time of 3.9 seconds, while the BMW 840d xDrive features a 3.0-litre straight-six diesel. 

This unit offers 320 bhp, a peak torque of 700 Nm and will accelerate from zero to 100 kph in 5.2 seconds.

Both engines meet the Euro 6d-TEMP standard. They channel their power via an eight-speed Steptronic Sport gearbox and the BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system. 

The M Sport differential is fitted as standard on the BMW M850i xDrive and, as well as improving traction, improves agility particularly when the car is exiting corners.

The 8 Series Convertible goes on sale this month.

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