A Class of Its Own

The all-new BMW 8-series is finally here. After nearly two decades on the shelf, the 8 Series is once again looking to head the BMW lineup with sporty grand touring luxury as a replacement for the outgoing 6 Series.
Read on for our full speculative review on what the upcoming convertible will come with.

From the start, it should be somewhat obvious that the 8 Series Convertible will look like the Coupe version, albeit with an electrically retractable soft top made from fabric added as a replacement for the roof. Once
again, the style pulls directly from the concept car that debuted in 2017, and we think it looks pretty good with all that extra headroom.

When viewed head-on, the first thing to grab your attention about the 8 Series is its low, wide stance. The nose comes adorned by the latest BMW kidney grille design, which is ringed by shiny metal trim. The grille
uses active aero aids and an ‘almost fully-sealed underbody,’ which helps keep the 8-series slippery at speed and cool the engine when running hard. Below the kidney intake is a large front splitter, while to the sides,
there are angular headlight housings. Inside the housings, you’ll find geometric lighting signatures, plus high-intensity LED lighting elements as standard.

To help keep the two-door grand tourer as light as possible, aluminium and CFRP (Carbon fibre Reinforced Plastic) are used. The doors, roof, bonnet, and front bulkhead are made of aluminium, while the centretransmission tunnel through the cockpit is made of CFRP. There’s the option to spec
more parts in carbon fibre, too.

Much like the exterior styling, the 8 Series Convertible’s interior design should be identical to that of the standard 8 Series Coupe.This includes, high-end materials that pervade throughout, such as Merino leather, metal inlays, and aluminium trim. Contrast stitching adds extra visual goodness to the supportive sports seats. A kit like a cruise control, a head-up display, active parking systems and the brand’s ‘Live Cockpit Professional’ tech is standard. The latter comprises a 10.25 infotainment screen and a 12.3-inch instrument display, including Microsoft Office that connects with not just the smartphone but Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa smart devices,
too. There are rear seats, too, though these images don’t quite give
away exactly how much room there is back there and there’s a 420-litre boot.

Like the standard 8 Series, this will likely to mount BMW’s new twin-turbo 4.4-litre V-8 under the hood. Also known as the N63, output for this boosted ‘eight is rated at 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque in the Coupe, and it’s highly likely we’ll see the same numbers in the Convertible. Two engines will be available from launch; an 840d and an M850i. Both have BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system and an eight-speed ‘Steptronic’
automatic gearbox as standard. BMW’s ‘Integral Active Steering’ (also known as rear-wheel steering) is standard, too.

-Source: BMW