After revealing the coupe version of the 2019 BMW 8 Series, the German premium carmaker is introducing its convertible version. The 2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible is essentially the Coupe with its roof chopped off, with some modifications made to make way for its electrically folding soft top. BMW will unveil the new 8 Series Convertible to the global public at the Los Angeles Auto Show this month.
In terms of appearance, the 2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible is almost identical to the 8 Series Coupe, aside from the fact that the latter’s hard top has been removed and replaced by an electrically folding soft top. This top can be fully deployed in just 15 seconds at speeds of up to 30 mph (48 km/h). It takes the same amount of time and vehicle speed to remove the soft top down.
Once the soft is down, it is stowed underneath a rear deck which stitching is matched to the instrument panel and door panels. In addition, the cover for the 2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible comes with subtle nacelles evoking the double-bubble roof design of the Coupe. To ensure that less wind enters the cabin when the soft top is down, the 2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible comes fitted with standard wind deflector as located behind the front seats.
Customers could have their new 2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible be fitted with a number of optional elements and details. Its occupants can enjoy more comfort with the optional neck warmers and air blowers in the seats. Customers can also avail of a 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System. Likewise, an available glass trim can be employed to cover the gearshift, engine start/stop button, iDrive Controller as well as stereo volume knob.
In addition, customers may avail of the optional M Carbon Exterior Package that adds air intake bars, exterior mirror caps and rear diffuser insert all made of (CFRP) carbon-fiber reinforced polymer. Also available for the 2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible is the Driving Assistant Professional that includes adaptive cruise control, evasion aid and lane control assist. Customers may also avail of a night vision system.
In Europe, the 2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible is available as the M850i xDrive and the 840d xDrive. In North America, only the M850i xDrive is offered. The M850i xDrive comes powered by a biturbo 4.4 liter V8 engine that delivers 523 hp (390 kW) of max output and 553 lb.-ft. (750 Nm) of peak torque, as to the wheels through an eight speed automatic gearbox. It can sprint from zero to 62 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.8 seconds, with a limited top speed of 155 mph (250 km/h).
On the other hand, the 840d xDrive is served by a diesel-fueled 3.0 liter biturbo inline six engine that sends 315 hp (235 kW) of max output and 502 lb.-ft.(680 Nm) of peak torque to the wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
BMW will commence sales of the 2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible in the United States in March 2019 with a starting price of $121,400, plus $995 in destination fee. The BMW 8 Series Coupe will arrive next month in the US with a base price of $111,900, excluding destination.