Bavaria’s new flagship, now with extra sky

Unveiled for the 2019 model year, the modern BMW 8 Series revives the iconic nameplate that the German firm produced from 1990 to 1999. Unlike its predecessor, the new 8 Series also spawned a convertible version to tackle the drop-top variant of the luxurious Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe.

After nearly two decades on the shelf, the BMW 8 Series is back, and it’s once again looking to head the BMW lineup with sporty grand touring luxury as a replacement for the outgoing 6 Series. Revived in both racing and full production form at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Bavarians kicked things off with a hardtop coupe iteration, but this new flagship also spawned a convertible ahead of the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. Does it have what it takes to give the S-Class Cabriolet a run for its money?

Continue reading to learn more about the 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible.

2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible Exterior Styling

  • Same style as the Coupe model
  • Electrically retracting fabric soft top
  • Wide and low stance
  • Polished metal trim throughout
  • Redesigned, active kidney grille
  • Optional laser headlights
  • 20-inch wheels as standard
  • M-version convertible added later
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When viewed head on, the first thing to grab you about the 8 Series is its low, wide stance.

From the off, it’s pretty obvious that the 8 Series Convertible looks more or less the same as the Coupe version, albeit with an electrically retractable soft top made from fabric added as a replacement for the roof. Once again, the style pulls directly from the concept car that debuted in 2017 at the Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este, and we think it looks pretty good with all that extra headroom.

When viewed head-on, the first thing to grab you about the 8 Series is its low, wide stance. The nose comes adorned by the latest BMW kidney grille design, which is ringed by shiny metal trim. The grille also comes equipped with active air flaps, which help to cool the engine when running hard, or smooth the airflow over the nose section when additional mpg is desired.

Below the kidney intake is a large front splitter, while to the sides, there are angular headlight housings. Inside the housings, you will find geometric lighting signatures, plus high-intensity LED lighting elements as standard. Laser lighting elements are optional, while adaptive lighting components add an extra tech component.

Up top there’s a muscular hood design and a long hood line. The profile also reveals a long wheelbase and a set of air vents behind the front wheels. Speaking of the rollers, options include 20- and 21-inch rims.

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While the majority of the body panels are identical to the Coupe model, the trunk lid is a bit different accommodate the retractable top

The rear also comes with a standard diffuser element. And while the majority of the body panels are identical to the coupe model, the trunk lid is a bit different, both to accommodate the retractable top, and to help differentiate the convertible model.

Moving over to the car’s unique design element, the soft-top, it has a lightweight design and provides enhanced acoustic insulation. It can be opened and closed automatically at the touch of a button and it takes only 15 seconds to fold or unfold. You can activate this function when the car is travelling at speeds of up to 31 mph.

When the soft-top roof is closed, the Convertible retains the coupe silhouette of its hard-top sibling. The soft-top comes in Black as standard, but you can also order it in Anthracite Silver effect. The cover that hides the folded top is finished in colors that match the dashboard and upper door panels.

It’s also worth noting that BMW will likely introduce a Gran Coupe iteration sometime in the future, as well as an M-branded iteration equipped with performance cues like larger wheels, blue brake calipers, a large-bore exhaust, and sharper body lines.

2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible exterior dimensions

Length inches 191.2
Width inches 74.9
Width including mirrors inches 84.1
Height inches 53.0
Wheelbase inches 111.1
Ground clearance inches 5.0
Turning radius feet 19.5

2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible Interior Design

  • Same interior design as the Coupe model
  • High-end materials like leather and aluminum
  • Contrast stitching and sports seats
  • All-digital gauge pod
  • Huge raft of technology
  • Very small trunk space
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The interior features Bimmer’s fresh new dash and center console, laid out with an emphasis on the horizontal design

Much like the exterior styling, the 8 Series Convertible’s interior design is more or less identical to that of the standard 8 Series Coupe. That includes Bimmer’s fresh new dash and center console, which is laid out with an emphasis on the horizontal design. High-end materials pervade throughout, such as Merino leather, metal inlays, and aluminum trim. Contrast stitching adds extra visual goodness to the supportive sport seats.

M models will get their own unique touches, such as new pedals and floor mats. High-end audio will come from Harman Kardon as an available option.

Behind the wheel, there’s a set of digital gauges, with the screen behind the dash measuring in at 12.3 inches. There’s also a 10.25-inch digital infotainment screen mounted high on the center console.

As Bimmer’s flagship model, the 8 Series Convertible also comes with loads and loads of technology, including a bevy of systems and features for both added safety and greater convenience. That means such standards as parking assist, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, steering assist, blind spot monitors, and the like.

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As Bimmer’s flagship model, the 8 Series comes with loads and loads of technology.

Due to the convertible roof, BMW had to make extra changes in order to keeping you warm with the top down. The vehicle includes a wind deflector as standard, which can be set up in the rear-seat area to reduce turbulence. When not required, it can be folded to half its size and stowed in the trunk. BMW also integrated neck warmers in the front-seat head restraints. Other warming optional extras include ventilated seats and a Heat Comfort Package with a heated steering wheel, just like in the coupe.

As you might have already guessed, the cabriolet’s trunk capacity is inferior to the coupe’s in order to make roof for the soft-top to fold. When the top is closed, the storage capacity is at 350 liters (12.3 cubic feet), a 70-liter (2.5-cubic-foot) decrease compared to the coupe. In order to ensure the load compartment offers as much space and flexibility as possible, the soft-top compartment can be lifted and the area used even when driving with the top down.

2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible interior dimensions

Shoulder width front inches 57.2
Shoulder room rear inches 45.7
Legroom front inches 42.1
Legroom rear inches 29.5
Headroom front inches 38.9
Headroom rear inches 34.7
Trunk volume (SAE) ft³ 12.4

2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible Drivetrain And Performance

  • Turbo 4.4-liter V-8
  • 0 to 60 mph in less than four seconds
  • Will include the diesel option overseas
  • M version will make more than 600 horsepower
  • AWD grip, eight-speed automatic transmission
  • Adaptive suspension components
  • Multiple drive modes for handling and comfort
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Properly motivated, the Coupe model can achieve 60 mph in 3.6 seconds, and we’d expect the Convertible to do roughly the same.

Like the standard 8 Series, the Convertible mounts BMW’s new twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 under the hood. Also known as the N63, output for this boosted ‘eight is rated at 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. Properly motivated, the Coupe model can achieve 62 mph in 3.7 seconds. However, the Convertible is a bit slower, needing 3.9 clicks to hit the same speed. Its top speed, on the other hand, is identical at 155 mph.

The Coupe’s less-powerful engine option was also added to the Convertible, which in this case is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder burning diesel fuel. The mill delivers 316 horsepower and 500 pound-feet of torque, pushing the drop-top to 62 mph in 5.2 seconds, three tenths slower than the coupe. Of course, this engine is only offered in Europe.

An even-fast M8 version might also be introduced sometime later, with output pumped up to more than 600 ponies.

BMW’s xDrive system puts all the power to the ground, fed via a standard eight-speed automatic transmission. The AWD system is rear-biased to help the car achieve the appropriate response in the corners.

Speaking of which, the 8 Series Convertible’s suspension once again features a double wishbone in front and a five-link for the rear. Multiple drive modes are onboard to help tweak the throttle response, transmission settings, steering settings, and suspension settings. Adaptive chassis components keep it feeling lively.

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We have to wonder if chopping the top will put a dent in the 8 Series’ cornering performance.

That said, we have to wonder if chopping the top will put a dent in the 8 Series’ cornering performance. The lack of a roof could make it significantly less rigid, not to mention add significant weight to an already relatively hefty vehicle. Luckily, the soft top roof should help shave a few pounds compared to a bulky retractable hardtop, and materials like carbon fiber reinforced plastic are sure to help in that regard as well.

2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible specifications

Engine type N63B44T3
Cylinders 8
Valves per cylinder 4
Stroke mm 88.3
Bore mm 89.0
Displacement cm³ 4,395
Compression rate :1 10.5
Engine power 523 HP @ 5,500 - 6,000 RPM
Engine torque 553 LB-FT @ 1,800-4,600 RPM
Transmission type 8HP76 Sport automatic
0-60 mph seconds 3.8
Top speed mph 155

2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible Prices

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U.S. pricing for the 8 Series Convertible is not available at this point, but we know it starts from £83,270 in the United Kingdom. That’s a £7,000 premium over the coupe. This sticker is for the 840d version, but you can expect the M850i model to retail from around £108,000. The coupe version of the M850i retails from $111,900 plus $995 for destination and handling in the U.S., which means that the drop-top version is likely to fetch a bit more than $120,000 before options.

Standard equipment for the M850i Convertible is identical to the coupe and includes Full LED headlamps with BMW LaserLight technology, BMW Individual Merino Leather upholstery, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon audio system, Sport Automatic Transmission, Adaptive M Suspension with Active-Roll Stabilization, M Sport Brakes, Parking Assistant and BMW Live Cockpit Professional with 12.3 inch and 10.25 inch digital displays.

The options list is identical to the coupe, sans for the carbon-fiber roof. You will be able to order the Driving Assistant Professional, a 1,400-watt Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound system, Glass Controls for the gear selector, iDrive controller, start/stop button, and the carbon-fiber exterior trim package.

2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible Competition

Mercedes-AMG S 63 Cabriolet

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If you’ve got the funds, the Mercedes-AMG S63 Cabriolet has some very impressive specs going for it. For starters, it’s got a little over 600 horsepower and 660 pound-feet of torque thanks to a turbocharged 4.0-liter V-8 under the hood, all of which is routed through a nine-speed automatic transmission and 4Matic AWD system to yield a 0-to-60 mph time of 3.4 seconds. A soft top roof keeps the elements out up top and is offered in a variety of colors for personalization. Inside is space for up to four passengers, with high-end leather and wood trim added front to back. Rounding it off is an adaptive Airmatic suspension system and AMG composite brake system.

Read our full review of the 2018 Mercedes-AMG S 63 Cabriolet.

Lexus LC 500 Convertible

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While not yet official, word has it Lexus is gearing up to release a drop top iteration of its gorgeous LC 500 Coupe. If the rumors are indeed true, such a model would make for quite the stout competitor in the segment. Outside, the LC 500 Convertible would rock the same gorgeous lines as its hardtop sibling, while the interior would come draped in leather and other fine materials. The dash will be done in a two-tier configuration, with digital gauges behind the steering wheel and a horizontal infotainment screen above the infotainment controls. Power will once again come from a 5.0-liter V-8, which should dole out as much as 467 naturally aspirated horsepower to the rear wheels. Look for a run to 60 mph in the high-4-second range.

Read our full speculative review of the 2019 Lexus LC Convertible.

Final Thoughts

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The 8 Series Convertible was a much-needed version of the grand tourer that replaced the iconic 8 Series. While cabriolets this big aren’t very common nowadays, the fact that Mercedes-Benz offers a drop-top version of the S-Class is a good enough reason for BMW to jump in. Fortunately, the 8 Series has the looks, the performance, and the technology it needs to give the S-Class two-door a run for its money.

  • Leave it
    • Will it still perform as expected?
    • Still rather pricey for a convertible
    • Will we get a full-blooded M version?

Further Reading

2019 BMW 8 Series Exterior Wallpaper quality
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Read our full review on the 2019 BMW 8 Series.

2019 BMW M8 Exterior High Resolution
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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 BMW M8 Coupe.

2019 BMW M8 Computer Renderings and Photoshop Exclusive Renderings Exterior
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Read our full speculative review on the 2019 BMW M8 Convertible.

2018 BMW Concept M8 Gran Coupe Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 BMW M8 Gran Coupe Concept.

2019 BMW 8 Series Exterior High Resolution
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Read our full review on the BMW 8 Series Concept Coupe.

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New BMW 8 Series Convertible offers open-top luxury for up to four people.
Two versions available from launch: V8 petrol engine and six-cylinder diesel.
Roof opens and closes in 15 seconds at the touch of a button and when travelling at up to 31mph.
BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant included as standard.
On sale from April 2019, with OTR prices starting from £83,270.
The new BMW 8 Series Convertible combines open-top, four-seater luxury with sportscar performance and handling, a spacious interior and a superb soundtrack to match.

Two engines will be offered at launch: a V8 petrol engine in the 530hp BMW M850i xDrive version and a 320hp six-cylinder diesel in the BMW 840d xDrive.

Exterior design

Using the new 8 Series platform and distinctive new design language, the new BMW 8 Series Convertible marries elegance with sporting prowess. With an exterior length of 4,843mm, a width of 1,902mm and height of 1,339mm, along with a 2,822mm wheelbase and track widths of 1,619mm (front), its dimensions match those of the BMW 8 Series Coupé almost exactly.

The focus on exceptional body rigidity for the concept underpinning the BMW 8 Series means that only a small number of additional convertible-specific and weight-increasing measures were required.

The BMW 8 Series Convertible cuts an impressive figure with both the roof up or down. Precise character lines trace the path of the airflow between the front and rear wheels while tapered surfaces around the front wheels and doors spread out at the top of the rear wheels. Discreet contouring marks out the surfacing above the rear wheels as the flanks transition into the rear end.

The compartment for the soft-top roof causes the trailing edge of the car’s body to be slightly higher than that of the BMW 8 Series Coupé. With the roof down the rear end appears extremely flat and low to the road. In addition, horizontal lines and light units extending into the flanks accentuate the width of the car. The third brake light embedded in the boot lid adds to the low-slung look.

Other model-specific features include a brace of contour lines on the boot, while the L-shaped rear lights are underscored by the line of the taillight bar that lights up uniformly. Twin exhaust trapezoidal tailpipes round off the lower section of the rear apron.

The BMW 8 Series Convertible is equipped with adaptive LED headlights as standard. BMW Laserlights are available with variable road illumination and Selective Beam, as a cost option. Further scope for individualisation is offered with the Chrome Line Exterior and M Carbon Exterior exterior package.

Aerodynamics and weight carefully optimised

An almost fully-sealed underbody, active air flap control with adjustable kidney grille slats and Air Curtains in the front apron optimise the new BMW 8 Series Convertible’s aerodynamics. Added to which, narrow exterior mirror bases mounted directly on the side-window weather strips reduce the car’s drag coefficient. The front spoiler extension on the BMW M850i xDrive Convertible underlines its aerodynamics-focused design.

High-impact design features with BMW M Sport as standard

In addition to the sculpted rear apron and bespoke side skirts, the M Sport base trim includes Air Breathers finished in Pearl-effect Chrome on the inside, exhaust tailpipe embellishers in light chrome and a rear diffuser in Dark Shadow. The fronts of the kidney grille slats come in a neatly coordinated Aluminium matt.

The M Technic Sport Package for the BMW 840d xDrive Convertible features the BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim, which encompasses kidney grille slats in Highgloss Black and the grille frame, Air Breather inlays and the exhaust system’s tailpipe embellishers in Black Chrome.

The new BMW M850i xDrive model features many body elements from the M Sport base model, including a front spoiler extension and exclusive design accents in Cerium Grey. The features finished in this colour include the BMW kidney grille surround and slats, the exterior mirror covers, the Air Breather inlays, the tailpipe embellishers, the M logo on the front flanks and the model badge on the rear. Customers can also specify an M Carbon exterior package as an option, which adds air intake bars, exterior mirror covers and a rear apron insert that houses the exhaust tailpipes.

The optional Chrome Line Exterior provides further scope for individualising the outside of the car. Here, the side window graphic and exterior mirror bases come in chrome, while High-gloss Chrome is preferred for the surround and slats of the BMW kidney grille and – on the BMW M850i xDrive Convertible – the exhaust tailpipe embellishers.

Exclusive paint finishes from BMW Individual

The new BMW 8 Series Convertible will be launched with a choice of one non-metallic and seven metallic exterior paint finishes. BMW Individual offers a wider choice of paint finishes including matt paint finishes with a satiny surface and the Frozen Bluestone metallic shade.

Fully-electric soft-top roof

The new BMW 8 Series Convertible’s roof is lightweight and provides superb acoustic insulation. Opening and closing automatically at the touch of a button in 15 seconds, the insulated roof can be activated when the car is travelling at speeds of up to 31mph.

When the soft-top roof is closed, it sits taut over the interior, thus retaining its coupé-like silhouette without compromising on design. Finished in Black as standard or in Anthracite Silver effect as a cost option, the soft-top stows away neatly under a cover. In keeping with the rest of the car, the cover is finished in colours that complement and match the instrument panel and interior door/side panel trim and features eye-catching domes at the level of the rear seats.

Interior

Both the driver and passengers are surrounded by the sweeping flow of the instrument panels in the back and in the front of the cabin, as well as the door shoulders and soft-top compartment cover. Design-led from the outset, the side window border sits flush with the soft-top compartment surround, underlining the connection between the front and rear of the car.

A stainless steel mesh design is featured as standard on both M850i xDrive and the BMW 840d xDrive. The Ash Grain Metallic Grey high-gloss fine wood trim is also optionally available. The range of options from BMW Individual includes the Piano Finish Black trim variant.

The colour of the BMW 8 Series Convertible’s ambient lighting be changed via the iDrive menu and, in addition, the Dynamic interior light function emits pulsating light signals in specific situations. These signals appear on the inner panelling of an open door when the engine is running and on the instrument panel in response to an incoming phone call.

Electrically adjustable multifunction seats are fitted as standard in both models and are trimmed in Merino leather with a range of colour choices. The standard M leather steering wheel has multifunction buttons and gearshift paddles to control the eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission and BMW xDrive.

BMW M Performance model and M Sport model with exclusive interior features

Standard specification for the 8 Series Convertible include the BMW Individual Merino leather trim in an exclusive Black with piping in BMW M GmbH colours. There is also an anthracite BMW Individual headliner, M pedals and floor mats with special M surrounds.

The illuminated door sills and the display in the instrument cluster bear the BMW M Performance model badge and M logo respectively. In conjunction with the M Technic Sport Package, the exclusive interior design of the BMW 840d xDrive Convertible is supplemented by black seat belts with accent stripes in M GmbH colours.

High-end entertainment equipment and technology

The BMW 8 Series Convertible offers a standard Harman Kardon Surround Sound System featuring 12 speakers while the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System is optional.

Thanks to the standard telephony with wireless charging, it is possible to charge compatible mobile phones without the need for a cable. The BMW Display Key lets drivers stay in touch with their BMW 8 Series Convertible at all times - besides indicating the fuel level and service -related information, the colour display is also able to show whether the doors and windows of the car are closed or locked.

Folding rear-seat backrests and through-loading facility as standard

The rear-seat backrest of the new BMW 8 Series Convertible can be split 50:50 and, thanks to the through-loading facility, the capacity of the luggage compartment can be extended as required. With the soft-top closed, the stowage capacity is 350 litres. In order to ensure the load compartment offers as much space and flexibility as possible, the soft-top compartment can be lifted and the through-loading facility used even when driving with the top down. Automatic boot lid operation is also standard, while the standard Comfort Access feature permits hands-free opening and closing of the boot lid.

Keeping warm with the top down

The new BMW 8 Series Convertible includes a wind defector as standard. This can be set up in the rear-seat area to reduce turbulence when the roof is down. When not required it can be folded to half its size and stowed in the boot. Neck warmers integrated in the front-seat head restraints are also.

Other warming optional extras include ventilated seats and a Heat Comfort Package with a heated steering wheel.

Safety and connectivity as standard

A new convertible-only rollover protection system has been engineered for the car. It consists of two protective aluminium bars fitted within the head restraints and they will be deployed if the car is likely to roll over to protect up to four occupants.

Standard driver assistance systems on the BMW 8 Series Convertible includes the Head-Up Display and Active Guard, which comprises the Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning system with City Braking function. In addition to Parking Assistant, which includes a rear-view camera and the Reversing Assistant.

Among the items on the options list is Driving Assistant Professional (extra features include the Steering and lane control assistant).

Engines

Two engines are used in the BMW 8 Series Convertible and they are accompanied by a model-specific sports exhaust system.

The BMW M850i xDrive version is powered by a 530hp V8 petrol delivering a peak torque of 750Nm and a zero and 62mph time of 3.9 seconds, while the BMW 840d xDrive features a 3.0-litre straight-six diesel. This unit offers 320hp, a peak torque of 700Nm and will accelerate from zero to 62mph in 5.2 seconds.

Both engines meet the Euro 6d-TEMP standard. They channel their power through to the road via an eight-speed Steptronic Sport gearbox and the BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system. The M Sport differential is fitted as standard on the BMW M850i xDrive and, as well as improving traction, improves agility particularly when the car is exiting corners.

Model

Power

Peak

Acceleration

Top Speed

Fuel

CO2

OTR Price

Output

Torque

(0-62mph)

(mph)

consumption

emissions

from

(hp)

(Nm)

combined

(g/km)

(mpg)

BMW 840d

320

700

5.2

155

45.6

161

£83,270

xDrive

Convertible

BMW M850i

530

750

3.9

155

28.5

225

£107,045

xDrive

Convertible

Chassis

The racing know-how of BMW M GmbH Racing was used for detailed modifications and enhancements as well as the overall set-up to optimise torsional rigidity and ensure the car delivers driving pleasure while having the ability to transport up to four occupants in luxury.

Adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers is standard, as is BMW’s Integral Active Steering – a system that turns the rear wheels (at speeds of up to 45mph) to improve agility as well as reducing the turning circle.

Damping characteristics can be adjusted via the Driving Experience Control switch. SPORT and SPORT+ modes activate optimal responses for dynamic handling. This is noticeably different from the comfort-oriented damper setting in ECO Pro and COMFORT modes.

Active roll stabilisation, which improves ride quality, is available for the new BMW M850i xDrive Convertible as part of the optional Adaptive M suspension Professional package.

Model-specific M Sport braking systems, light-alloy wheels with mixed-size high-performance tyres

All versions combine four-piston, fixed-calliper brakes at the front and single-piston, floating -calliper brakes at the rear. The electronic parking brake – operated by means of a button located on the centre console – is integrated into the rear brake callipers.

The new BMW 840d xDrive Convertible includes an M Sport braking system with 374mm discs. When specified with the optional M Technic Sport Package, the BMW 840d xDrive comes with 395mm brake discs (fitted on the BMW M850i xDrive as standard). Both versions of the M Sport braking system are recognisable by their blue callipers bearing the M logo.

The new BMW M850i xDrive Convertible gets 20-inch M light-alloy wheels. These standard cast aluminium wheels in a Frozen Cerium Grey metallic finish have 245/35 R20 high-performance tyres at the front and 275/30 R20 high-performance tyres at the rear. The tyres have been specially developed for the BMW 8 Series models. The new BMW 840d xDrive Convertible is fitted with 20-inch M light-alloy wheels with 245/35 R20 tyres at the front and 275/30 R20 tyres at the rear. If customers opt for the M Technic Sport Package instead, the BMW 840d xDrive Convertible get high-performance tyres.

Intuitive operation and flawless connectivity: BMW Operating System 7.0 and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant

The new BMW 8 Series Convertible comes as standard with the BMW Live Cockpit Professional. This includes a navigation and multimedia system, a fully digital, high-resolution instrument cluster behind the steering wheel with a screen diagonal of 12.3-inches and a Control Display measuring 10.25-inches across. The new BMW Operating System 7.0 stands out with its cutting-edge, digital functions tailored precisely to the driver’s requirements. When it comes to intuitive operation options, drivers can choose from touchscreen functionality via the Control Display, the iDrive Controller, buttons on the steering wheel and voice control.

As part of BMW Live Cockpit Professional the new BMW 8 Series Convertible includes a host of connected Services as standard, Emergency Call, Teleservices, Over the air and USB map updates, BMW App connectivity and Intelligent Voice assistants. In addition to this we see the introduction of the BMW Connected Package Professional as standard. This features elements drivers are accustomed to, such as Remote Services, Real Time Traffic Information, but with the addition of Concierge Services and Apple CarPlay Preparation.

Apple CarPlay Preparation will now be standard on all new BMW 8 Series Convertible models. This service will be included for 1 year from build, but then renewable via the BMW ConnectedDrive portal thereafter, at either 1 year, 3 years or lifetime subscriptions.

Another element of the operating system is the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. Activated by the voice prompt “Hey BMW”, this digital companion assists the driver in operating the car’s functions and gains more skills all the time thanks to seamless updates via the Remote Software Upgrade facility.

Additional digital functionality featured as standard, includes On-Street Parking Information, Connected Navigation and Intelligent Vehicle Functionality, which learns drivers habits and learns rules as part of the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.

The BMW 8 Series Convertible is on sale from April 2019, with OTR prices starting from £83,270.

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