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Driving the new BMW 8 Series Convertible

04 November 2018, 09:05 | Casey Mitchell

Driving the new BMW 8 Series Convertible

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After all, the M4 with the Competition Package is just as fast, and people buying this vehicle won't necessarily go drag racing with it.

BMW has revealed the inevitable convertible version of the new 8 Series ahead of the car's launch next spring.

Like with North American examples of the coupe, the only available model of the convertible will be the M850i xDrive. The engine features two twin-scroll turbos, with cooling tucked into the V of the engine block, variable valve control, and variable camshaft timing. An eight-speed automatic will handle the gear changes. All that power is put to the ground through BMW's rear-biased xDrive all-wheel-drive system that can funnel up to 100 percent of torque to the rear wheels. BMW says that's enough to launch from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds with a top speed of 155 miles per hour.

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

The convertible's styling should come as no surprise.

Boot space is respectable given the car's convertible roof, with 350 litres of load area matching that offered by the Mercedes S-Class Convertible - one of the 8 Series Convertible's key rivals. Those numbers are particularly impressive for the convertible as the auto weighs an SUV-like 4,736 pounds.

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For now its performance figures remain unknown - although we can expect the M850i convertible to sprint from 0-62mph in around four seconds, which would leave it three tenths behind the coupe. BMW paid special attention to the convertible stow cover, giving it a slight double bubble appearance when the top is down.

The soft top will require about 15 seconds to open or close and can be operated up until 48 km/h. The Convertible is certain to be dearer than the $300,000-plus Coupe.

The system, which debuted this year in the redesigned X5 crossover, uses an in-cabin optical camera to address a critical challenge with semi-automated driving systems - ensuring that drivers are paying attention to the road. This, paired with the A-pillar windshield surround that is created to withstand impacts, keeps occupants protected during accidents.

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The M Sport package for the 840d xDrive with specific design and equipment features: "front apron with extra-large air intakes, distinctive side skirt and rear apron design, 19" M light-alloy wheels, M Sport braking system, multifunction seats, M leather steering wheel and illuminated door sills with M logo. Roof up, interior noise levels are nearly as low as the Coupe, according to BMW. That's a $9,500 price hike over the M850i Coupe, but for well-heeled buyers who love open-top motoring, it's a small price to pay.



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