BMW has showcased the new 8- Series Convertible at the ongoing Los Angeles Motor Show. This is the official public debut for the luxurious car though the manufacturer had already taken the wraps a month ago. The German luxury automaker had unveiled the 8 Series coupe in June 2018 and now, they have unveiled the 8 Series Convertible. To be offered in two variants- 840d xDrive and M850i xDrive, the car is scheduled to go on sale in the international markets in March 2019.
Under the hood, the BMW 8- Series Convertible will be offered with two engine options- the M850i xDrive Convertible will come powered by a petrol 4.4- litre V8 engine with 530 bhp and 750 Nm of torque, while the 840d xDrive Convertible will get a diesel 3.0- litre in- line six- cylinder motor with 320 bhp of maximum power and 680 Nm of peak torque. Both engines will send power to the wheels through an 8- speed Steptronic sport gearbox and BMW’s xDrive intelligent all- wheel drive system. According to BMW, the 840d can go from 0- 100kmph in 5.2 seconds, on the other hand, the M850i can do the same in 3.9 seconds. Both the variants get a top speed of 250 kmph.
In terms of looks and designing, the 8- Series Convertible gives the feel of the 8- Series Coupe that was revealed earlier this year. The only difference between the designing is the electrically foldable soft-top roof which can be operated at the touch of the button. As claimed by the manufacturer, the roof opens and closes in 15 seconds can be operated up to 50 kmph. BMW also offers two soft top colors to choose from – the standard black soft- top or the optional Anthracite Silver effect version.
Not only the exterior, but the interior of the Convertible 8- Series resembles the Coupe version. The car gets BMW’s Live Cockpit Professional with a fully digital instrument cluster and a 10.25- inch touchscreen infotainment display, which can also be controlled by the traditional rotary dial, steering-mounted buttons, voice control and gestures. Other features include pop- up wind deflector in the rear and neck warmers integrated into the front head restraints, while the deflector is offered as a standard feature, the neck warmers come as optional equipments.
Talking about additional features, driving assistance systems comprising of high beam assistant, collision warning, rear cross traffic alert, lane departure warning and lane change warning, speed limit info and parking assistant including reversing assistant as standard, while the optional features include active cruise control system with stop & go function, evasion aid, distance information, priority warning and Wrong- way warning systems, driving assistant professional including steering and lane control assistant, lane keeping assistant with active side collision protection and parking assistant plus with surround view, top view, panorama View and remote 3D view. Apart from these, the telephony with wireless charging, BMW Display Key, Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System, Heat Comfort package, active seat ventilation, automatic soft- close function for the doors, glass applications for selected controls will come as optional equipments on the new 8- Series convertible. Also, adaptive M suspension and active steering will come as standard, while active roll bars is an optional fitment offered with the car.
Talking about the M Sport package, BMW offers the M Sport package as customization option for the buyers with the 8- Series Convertible. Under the package, the 840d gets a front apron with extra- large air intakes, M leather steering wheel, 19- inch M light-alloy wheels, distinct side skirt and rear apron design, M Sport braking system, multifunction seats, and illuminated door sills with M logo. The other trim M850i xDrive convertible gets M Sport braking system, exclusive exterior elements in Cerium Grey, interior trim strips in stainless steel mesh design, a front spoiler extension, 20- inch M light- alloy wheels and illuminated door sills with a model badge.
Internationally, the BMW 8- Series Convertible is all set to go on sale in March 2019 and BMW has already begun the production of the 8- Series Convertible at its Dingolfing plant in Germany. The same plant manufactures other BMW cars such as the 3- Series, 4- Series, 5- Series, 6- Series and 7- Series. For the Indian market, the automaker is yet to confirm if the 8- Series Convertible will make its way or not, but we definitely expect the Gran Coupe version of the 8- Series to come to our shores. However, if the Convertible comes to our market, it will be by the second half of 2019 and it will be imported in India as a CBU. Hence, it might be priced around the Rs 2 crore in the country. When launched, the 8- Series Convertible will rival the Mercedes- Benz S- Class Cabriolet. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the upcoming BMW 8- Series.