The flagship BMW 8 brings back a famous name from the 1990s. The original model of the series 8 was available only as a coupe. This makes the BMW 8 Series Convertible 2019 the first of its kind. The drop-top premiere at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2018 will be launched in March 2019 in the United States.
Just like the new coupe of the 8 Series, the 2019 8 Series Convertible will come on the market in the form of an M850i xDrive. That means there's a 4.4-liter V8 with two turbochargers, an eight-speed automatic transmission and four-wheel drive (that's what "xDrive" means in the BMW language). The V8 produces 523 hp and a torque of 553 pounds ̵
The M850i xDrive, however, is not the last word in terms of performance. We know BMW is planning a more powerful M8 version of the 8 Series Coupe, so the convertible is likely to receive the same treatment.
BMW has elegantly adapted the styling of the 8 Series to cope with the missing roof – the overall effect is not too dramatic. A luxury Cabriolet should make an important styling statement, but since this convertible preceded the 8 Series coupe, the concept and racing versions of the coupe and various camouflaged prototypes, the car already feels a little familiar. The Series 8 has a powerful soft top that can be raised or lowered in 15 seconds at speeds up to 30 km / h. The seats can also be equipped with neck warmer to make driving from top to bottom in cooler weather more comfortable.
The Cabriolet has the same long list of technical features as the 8 Series Coupe, including adaptive LED headlamps with BMW LaserLight system, adaptive suspension, and Integral Active Steering to make the 8 Series more manoeuvrable at parking speeds , The convertible can also use BMW's Open Mobility Cloud to connect to Apple and Android smartphones and smartwatches, or Google Home and Amazon Alexa smart home devices.
The elaborate iDrive infotainment system includes a central 10.25-inch screen and a 12.3-inch screen that takes the place of a conventional instrument cluster. The standard head-up display has a night vision function – like a Cadillac DTS in the early 2000s.
The 8 Series Convertible is finally available with a number of driver aids. The adaptive cruise control system operates at speeds of up to 130 km / h and can decelerate the car to a standstill and drive off after a standstill of up to 30 seconds, according to BMW. With a parking assistant, the 8 Series can be steered automatically into parking spaces, according to BMW. Other notable features include autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning and lane departure warning.
The BMW 8 Series Convertible 2019 will be presented to the public in the last week of November at the Los Angeles Auto Show 2018, but the sale will not start selling until the winter wanes in March 2019. The price starts at $ 122,395 (including a mandatory $ 995 target fee) or $ 9,500 more than the 8 Series Coupe.