By Phil Bradley
BMW have revealed the new 8 Series Convertible. So far, we've seen the Coupe and the M8 GTE race car. The Germans have now given us a folding cloth roof that reportedly offers superb sound insulation and can be open or closed in 15 seconds at speeds of up to 31MPH.
There is a wind deflector, and an option to have neck warmers for the driver and passenger. BMW are offering two engine options at the launch of the car. The first of which is a straight six, 3.0L diesel engine, producing 316BHP, 510 lb ft of torque and a 0-60MPH time of 5.2 seconds. It's the second engine option that's more interesting. A 4.4L, twin-turbo V8 engine, with 526BHP and 553lb ft of torque, from the M850i Convertible model. This is just 0.2s slower than the M850i Coupe, with a 0-60MPH time of 3.9 seconds. You can put this down to it's weight though, as with this engine, the car weighs 2,090KG for the convertible, vs the 1,965 for the Coupe. Both engines are hooked up to an 8 speed auto box and four wheel drive.
Prices reflect the engine power though. With the diesel starting from £83,270 and the V8 from £107,045. The car will make it's public debut at the Los Angeles Motor Show later this month, and will then go on sale in 2019.