BMW’s push into the luxury market shows no sign of waning with the release of the very first 8-series Convertible. Based on the all-new 8-series Coupe, the Convertible is aiming to combine the hard-top’s impressive spread of capability, but in a more glamorous open-top package.
Like the Coupe, the 8-series Convertible operates in its own space in the market, being more aggressive and sporting than the Mercedes S-class Convertible, yet more laid back than a Porsche 911 Cabriolet. But it’s in this middle ground that the 8-series Convertible will likely find its niche, where it backs up its flagship status with a whole catalogue of BMW’s latest driving tech and luxury features.
Under the long bonnet will sit the same two engines as found in the Coupe – a 316bhp 3-litre straight-six diesel and 525bhp 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 petrol. Both are connected exclusively to an eight-speed ZF auto ’box and xDrive all-wheel drive, which operates mostly in rear-wheel drive and only sends power to the front axle when slip is detected. An M8 Convertible will eventually arrive too, likely breaking the 600bhp barrier and featuring a smattering of tech derived from the M5 Competition.