BMW on Thursday unveiled the convertible version of its revived 8-Series. The car makes its formal debut this month at the 2018 Los Angeles auto show and will be in showrooms next March, arriving as a 2019 model.
Like the coupe, the convertible comes with a 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 making 523 hp (5,500-6,000 rpm) and 553 lb-ft (1,800-4,600 rpm) of torque.
It uses wireless networking and the navigation system to decide what gear to grab, which means if you’re approaching a hill it won’t downshift. It also uses the same data to decide when to use stop/start and when to decouple the powertrain and coast.
The multilayer convertible top can as well be lowered in 15 seconds at speeds of up to 30 mph. A wind deflector cuts down on turbulence and can be stored in the trunk when not in use.
The M in front of 850i signifies an M performance model. That’s standard and comes with an M steering wheel, M pedals, M driver’s footrest and special floor mats.
The M Sport Braking Package includes four-piston, fixed-(blue)caliper brakes and single piston rears. Twenty-inch light-alloy wheels and 245/35 front and 275/30 rear tires complete the package.
According to reports, the new 8 convertible goes on sale in March of 2019 and will start at $122,395 including destination.