BMW Unveiled A Potent Rival Of Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet
Before the official presentation to general public at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show, BMW has unveiled the 8-Series Convertible, which tops the model range of the brand.
The car begins to enter the market in March next year after the launch of the standard model. Apart from the open-top version, the 8-series lineup includes a coupe and an upcoming Gran Coupe in four-door layout as well. A base price starts at $122,395.
The BMW 8-Series Convertible will rival the latest Bentley Continental GTC and Mercedes-Benz S-Class cabriolet. It is shorter than the old 6-Series convertible and has the same wheelbase as the new 8-Series Coupé (2822 mm) the appearance of which it reflects.
It has two-plus-two cabin and a 350-liter trunk with a roof in place. Rear seats can be folded in 50:50 form for additional load space. The multi-layer fabric roof available in two colors opens in 15 seconds at the touch of a button at speeds up to 31 mph (50 km/h).
Initially two turbo engines will be offered: a 3.0-liter in-line V6 diesel with 320 hp and 502 lbft (681 Nm) of torque (for the 840d xDrive variant) and a 4.4-litre V8 petrol motor with 530 hp and 552 lbft (748 Nm) for M850i xDrive.
Both combine with a ZF eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel xDrive system.
The M850i xDrive convertible also got an electronically controlled rear differential lock, which is optional on the 840d xDrive version. For both the speed is limited by 155 mph (250 km/h).
Later a twin-turbo eight-cylinder engine of 4.4 liters will join, as well as the 840i entry-level version. The drop-top flagship accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 3.8 seconds.