Earlier this week, BMW Group Plant Dingolfing began series production of the new BMW 8 Series Convertible, which will be built alongside BMW 5 Series and 7 Series variants on a single assembly line. The BMW Group says it has invested a total amount in the low three-digit-million-euro range in the new model family at the site.
Newly developed textile soft top The driver and passengers on board the new BMW 8 Series Convertible are protected from the elements by a classical soft-top. BMW says the the multi-layered roof embodies weight-minimising design and ‘superb acoustic insulation’.
The new BMW 8 Series Convertible comes with a black soft-top as standard, with an Anthracite Silver effect variant available as an option. The soft-top opens and closes fully automatically in 15 seconds.
Two model variants available from launch Two engine choices will be available when the new BMW 8 Series Convertible goes on sale in March 2019: A V8 engine in the BMW M850i xDrive Convertible (combined fuel consumption: 9.9 – 10.0 l/100km; combined CO2 emissions: 229 – 225g/km). The latest generation of the 4.4-litre eight-cylinder engine has been completely redeveloped to deliver a performance topping out at 530 hp and a torque of 750Nm.
The BMW 840d xDrive Convertible relies on a diesel engine (combined fuel consumption: 6.3 – 5.9 l/100km; combined CO2 emissions: 165 – 155g/km) which BMW says is ‘unlike anything else in the competitive environment’ to deliver ‘superior traction and low fuel consumption’. The 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder diesel power unit generates a maximum output of 320hp and a maximum torque of 680 Nm.
Both engine variants comply with the new Euro 6d Temp emissions standard. Power transmission is achieved through the eight-speed Steptronic sport gearbox and BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive.