A soft-top car becomes the second model in Munich’s flagship lineup replacing the 6 Series Convertible.
Is this a fighter for the S-Class Cabrio?
However, the 8 Series Coupe, for one, isn’t actually the size of the S-Class Coupe. This is why the 8 Series Convertible, revealed here for the first time, isn’t a fighter for the S-Class Cabriolet.
Instead, these two Eights are merely acting as indirect replacements for the respective counterparts wearing the 6 Series nameplate.
Is the open-top Eight heavier than its fixed-top sibling?
In the usual fashion of open-top cars, yes. That’s because additional reinforcement is required to make bodies of convertibles stiffer than their coupes stablemates.
The 8 Series Convertible comes with a classic rag-top that can open or close in 15sec at speeds of no more than 50kph. As in other open-toppers, there’s a wind deflector in the Bimmer for enhanced comfort when driving roof-down.
Like in the Coupe, there are two versions for the Convertible initially both with eight-speed automatic and xDrive all-wheel drive.
They include the M850i featuring 530hp 4.4-liter V8 and 840d hosting 320hp 3.0-liter Gasoline.
Because the Convertible, at 2,015kg, is 125kg heavier than the Coupe in M850i form, the 0-100kph time of 3.9sec is 0.2sec slower.
It won’t cost as much as the S-Class, right?
That’s right since the 8 Series going into the shoes of the 6 Series means prices of some 10 million baht and not the 15 million baht level being applied on the eight-cylinder S-class Coupe and Cabriolet in Thailand.
But whether BMW decides to sell the 8 Series Convertible in Germany another thing because open-top cars don’t really suit the hot climate. Expect the Coupe variation to be more attractive.