The 2019 BMW 8-Series Convertible joins the Coupe at the top of the firm’s premium offerings. It features a fabric top, a four-seat layout, and undeniable style.
The 8-Series Convertible is scheduled for an April 2019 launch. The main focus of interest is the roof of the new car. Fabric was chosen for the Convertible’s roof, mainly to keep the intrusion of the setup into storage space at a minimum. The roof can be lowered in 15 seconds and at speeds of up to 50kph. Customers can choose between dark grey or black fabric for the roof of their 8-Series Convertible.
Just like the Coupe, the Convertible adopts a four-seat layout. There is marginally less shoulder room than the Coupe gets to adjust the rollover protection amenities. The seat-backs are also ever so slightly more upright. Kneeroom remains unchanged, and some more headroom is liberated due to the shape of the roof.
Both the 8-Series Coupe and Convertible feature identical interior design. The Convertible gets a useful open-top driving option: an optional neck warmer has been integrated into the driver’s and front passenger’s head restraints blowing warm air in three levels of blower speed. Boot space has gone down as compared to the coupe with the folding roof mechanism needing its own storage. Maximum capacity has gone down to 350 litres, a reduction of 80 litres from the Coupe.
The fabric roof has forced BMW to add extra strengthening to the chassis to keep the rigidity level on par with the Coupe’s. The bracing and the roof mechanism together add 125kg to the car. Suspension rates have been altered slightly to accommodate the extra mass, and weight distribution now favours the rear end over the front. Engineers of the car admitted that the new 48:52 mass split makes the Convertible even more fun to drive on the limit.
Engine options are the same as those of the Coupe: a twin-turbocharged 4.4-litre V8 under the M850i that makes 523hp and 750Nm. The slightly porkier 8-Series Convertible posts a 0-100kph time of 3.9 seconds- two-tenths of a second slower than the Coupe. Launch dates for the UAE are not released yet, but it looks like BMW will surely bring the handsome drop-top car to our shores.