BMW 8 Series Convertible LEAKS a day early

Ruben Fields
November 4, 2018

Set to go on sale in the United States in March, the M850i xDrive Convertible follows in the footsteps of the 8-Series Coupe but adopts a retractable soft top which can be raised or lowered in 15 seconds at speeds up to 30 miles per hour (48 km/h). Mated to an 8-speed Steptronic transmission, the convertible sprints to 100 kmph in 3.9 seconds and has a top speed of 250 kmph.

After being leaked this morning, the Bavarian manufacturer has detailed its new flagship convertible, which shares just about everything with its hard-topped twin bar the folding fabric roof.

Both engines come mated to a standard eight-speed torque converter-equipped, ZF-produced automatic gearbox and BMW's four-wheel-drive xDrive system.

The 8 Series model's stretched, low-slung silhouette is even more pronounced in the convertible version when it has the top down - check out our big photo gallery right here. BMW paid special attention to the convertible stow cover, giving it a slight double bubble appearance when the top is down. 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 Convertible is certain to be dearer than the $300,000-plus Coupe.

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The second feature is a little less serious.

The M Sport package for the 840d xDrive with specific design and equipment features: "front apron with extra-large air intakes, distinctive side skirt and rear apron design, 19" M light-alloy wheels, M Sport braking system, multifunction seats, M leather steering wheel and illuminated door sills with M logo. The passengers are treated to a 10.25-inch media interface with iDrive 7.0, while the driver views a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. The infotainment is controlled by a bezeled turn-dial next to the gear selector. That puts the price at $122,395 compared to the coupe's $112,895 (both include destination charges). In comparison, the hardtop will go on sale in December starting at $111,900 before destination.

Two extremely powerful engines will be available at its European launch in March 2019.

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