Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

BMW 8 Series Convertible officially revealed

BMW 8 Series Convertible officially revealed

A few months after the 8 Series name was resurrected by BMW, the brand has now revealed the first-ever 8 Series convertible which will hit markets in the first half of 2019.

Both are powered by a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V-8 tuned to deliver 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque, and the sole transmission is an 8-speed automatic. This is able to cover the 0-100km/h sprint in just 3.9 seconds.

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).

The BMW 8 Series Convertible is here after nearly 30 years of waiting.

On paper, it will be one of the fastest convertibles you can buy.

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Along with the folding roof, BMW has also added addition underbody bracing to offset the drop in rigidity, plus a strengthened windscreen and rollover bars - extended by a "pyrotechnic charge" - should the worst happen. As a result, performance figures for both cars are brisk.

Driving Experience Control switch with ADAPTIVE mode. Active steering also allows the rear wheels to turn up to 2.5 degrees.

A plastic wind deflector similar to that already seen on 6 Series convertibles can be erected to reduce wind buffeting when the roof is down, although it requires the rear seats of the 8 Series convertible to be unoccupied. Opening or closing happens with the push of a button and can be done in 15 seconds while in motion up to 50 km/h.

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.

You will have to pay extra for winter-proofing in the form of BMW's headrest-mounted neck warming system. A 10.25-inch center screen features the seventh generation of BMW's iDrive system, while a 12.3-inch display sits behind the wheel, replacing a traditional instrument cluster. In comparison, the hardtop will go on sale in December starting at $111,900 before destination.

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