2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible revealed

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The BMW 8 Series Convertible has been revealed ahead of its official debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show later this month.

This superfast soft-top joins the 8 Series Coupe – which is available to lease now – and is aimed at rivalling a range of other luxury convertibles including the S-Class Cabriolet and Bentley Continental GTC.

BMW 8 Series convertible lead

Externally, the new 8 Series mirrors the coupe, with the same striking front and sharp rear end. It gets a fabric roof rather than a folding metal hard top to save weight. It can be lowered in 15 secs up to speeds of 31mph and offered in black as standard or a contrasting grey. 20in alloy wheels come as standard.

Because it uses the same platform as the Coupe, it’s rather practical as convertibles go. There’s a little less room in the rear than in the hard top, but the seats themselves remain very usable with enough legroom for adults.

BMW 8 Series convertible side

That said, the folding roof means that boot space has dropped to 350 litres with the roof closer, and just 280 litres with it open.

Like the exterior, the cabin is a reflection of the Coupe. It’s one of the first BMWs to feature the new generation of iDrive infotainment.

BMW 8 Series interior

With a 10.25in digital dash replacing the dials and a 12.3in touchscreen in the centre of the dash, the system is controlled by the iDrive controller on the centre console, but crucially you can also use touch, voice or gesture control to operate it too.

Because its platform has been strengthened to account for the loss of a solid roof, the suspension has been adjusted to offset any loss of rigidity.

Only two engines will be offered from launch – a twin-turbo 3.0-litre straight six diesel (the 840d) and a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol (the M850i). An M8 is expected to join the line-up at a future date.

BMW 8 Series front detail

The diesel produces 316bhp and 700Nm of torque and is capable of up to 45.5mpg. It gets a 0-62mph time of 5.2secs and a limited top speed of 155mph.

The range-topping petrol makes 523bhp and 750Nm of torque, meaning a 0-62mph time of 3.9secs – just 0.2secs slower than the Coupe version. Top speed is again limited to 155mph.

BMW 8 Series convertible rear

Both cars feature an eight-speed auto, four-wheel drive and adaptive M dampers. Lease rates are not available yet, but the diesel will be priced from £83,270, while the M850i gets a heftier list price of £107,045.

If you can’t wait for the 8 Series, you can check out deals on the current 6 Series Convertible here or, if you need a four-door, here’s what we know about the 8 Series Gran Coupe – due to be revealed later this year.

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