The new BMW 8 Series Convertible has been revealed, with the open-top, four-seater set to make its official public debut at the upcoming LA Auto Show.
Measuring 4,843 mm long, 1,902 mm wide and 1,339 mm tall, along with a 2,822 mm wheelbase and track widths of 1,619 mm (front), its dimensions match those of the 8 Series coupé almost exactly.
BMW engineers claim only a small number of additional convertible-specific and weight-increasing measures were required when developing the drop-top variant. Features unique to the cabriolet include a custom rollover protection system that consists of two protective aluminium bars fitted within the head restraints.
The fully-electric soft-top roof, meanwhile, is claimed to open and close in 15 seconds at the touch of a button and when travelling at up to 31 mph.
Finished in black as standard or in anthracite silver effect as a cost option, the roof stows away under a cover whose colours complement and match the instrument panel and interior door/side panel trim.
Practical features include a wind defector that is claimed to reduce turbulence when the roof is down, and which can also be folded to half its size and stowed in the boot; the latter has a listed stowage capacity of 350 litres and also comes with automatic lid operation as standard.
In terms of performance, two engines will be offered at launch: a V8 petrol engine in the 523 bhp M850i xDrive version and a 316 bhp six-cylinder diesel in the 840d xDrive. Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox and BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system.
The new 8 Series Convertible is scheduled to go on sale in April 2019.