BMW 8 Series Convertible goes official

BMW 8 Series Convertible goes official

BMW 8 Series Convertible goes official

The new BMW 8 Series Convertible is due to be revealed tomorrow (2 November), but it's leaked out a daye early thanks to a Belgian website. Power will come from a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 making 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque which is enough to get you to 100 km/h in 3.7 seconds.

BMW said the M850i xDrive Convertible will sprint to 60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds, or about 0.2 seconds slower than the coupe, and both models are said to be capabke of reaching a governed top speed of 155 miles per hour.

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).

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But BMW notes the 8 Series is one of the few convertibles on the market with folding rear seats, so even when the roof is retracted, the cargo hold can accommodate long items.The back seats themselves are actually quite spacious. BMW also made several small tweaks to maintain reliability and efficiency, including using a stronger type of aluminum alloy for the block, wire-arc-sprayed iron coatings on the cylinder walls, Grafal-coated pistons, high-flow intake ports, and a viscous damper on the crankshaft.

Both combine with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel xDrive system. Those numbers are particularly impressive for the convertible as the auto weighs an SUV-like 4,736 pounds.

The four-seater cabriolet has a soft-top roof with fully electric operation, opening and closing at the touch of a button and when traveling at up to 50km/h (31mph). Other highlights include an optional active roll stabilization system and a standard M Sport braking system with blue calipers.

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Technology is used to improve the driving experience in the new convertible.

The Convertible's revisions over the coupe model extend beyond the roof. Concerning safety for open-top cars, BMW developed a rollover protection system. BMW built air vents into the front seat headrests that act as neck warmers. The passengers are treated to a 10.25-inch media interface with iDrive 7.0, while the driver views a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Its starting price is set at $122,395, representing a $9,500 premium on the M850i xDrive coupe hitting showrooms in December.

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