The 8 Series in coupe form is one heck of a beautiful car, but the convertible version unveiled today is just as lovely.
BMW took the wraps off the first 8 Series Convertible today, a model expected to hit showrooms next spring, a few months after the coupe. The drop-top version shares most of its specs and equipment with the hardtop, but with the added bonus of letting the driver work on his or her tan.
While Europe will get a few versions of the new 8, buyers on this side of the pond only get the M850i xDrive. Power will come from a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 making 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque which is enough to get you to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds.
In other words, it will be faster than a Mercedes-AMG S 63 cabriolet for a little bit less money. Indeed, BMW plans to price the 8 Series Convertible at just over $121,000. As it’s name implies, the M850i is all-wheel drive.
The soft top will require about 15 seconds to open or close and can be operated up until 48 km/h.
On paper, it will be one of the fastest convertibles you can buy. Just imagine what the eventual BMW M8 Convertible will offer in terms of performance… We can’t wait. From what we’ve seen so far, the new 8 Series does the first-generation proud, and then some.