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BMW 8 Series Convertible Loses Its Roof, Still Looks Lovely

BMW 8 Series Convertible Loses Its Roof, Still Looks Lovely”

The 8 Series in coupe form is one heck of a handsome vehicle, but the convertible version unveiled today is just as lovely. The M850i xDrive 'vert features the new 4.4-liter TwinPower twin-turbocharged V8 that debuted in the coupe.

The optional Driving Assistant Professional package includes a semi-automated driving system that allows for hands-free and pedal-free driving on limited-access highways and at speeds slower than 37 miles per hour (60 kph). With the push of a button located in the center console, drivers can put the top down in 15 seconds while driving up to 30 miles per hour.

The convertible's slightly slower acceleration can probably be blamed on the fact that it weighs a hefty 4,736 pounds, 258 pounds more than the coupe. Regardless of the engine you go for, BMW will install an xDrive all-wheel drive setup and an eight-speed automatic transmission. A base price starts at $122,395.

A pop-up wind deflector is fitted to the 8 Series Convertible as standard, while those looking for added roof-down comfort can choose to have neck warmers in the front headrests. The 390kW hp V8 petrol engine in the BMW M850i xDrive convertible, and the 235kW 6-cylinder in-line diesel engine in the 840d xDrive variant. The electric soft-top roof has an extremely quiet operation that shuts and opens in just 15 seconds up to a speed of 50 kmph. Acceleration from 0 - 100 kmph takes 5.2 seconds and the top speed is limited to 250 kmph. For example, an optional M Carbon Exterior Package uses carbon-fiber reinforced polymer pieces for the air intake bars, exterior mirror caps, and rear diffuser insert.

Also standard is a 12-speaker harmon/kardon audio system with digital amp, with an optional Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound system available on demand. Night vision is available, too.

The photos are of the M85oi Convertible, so we see the same look as the 8 Series Coupe - from the greenhouse down - together with big wheels and sport body kit, with a fabric folding roof opening up the cabin to reveal an interior which looks exactly the same as the Coupe's.



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