Do you prefer your 8 Series without a roof on those long weekend drives? Worry no more as BMW recently unveiled its latest (and perhaps the most powerful) droptop to date, the 2019 8 Series Convertible.
Officially revived by the company last June, the new 8 Series Convertible serves as the second body style for BMW's grand tourer. Like the standard hardtop, the convertible gets the same sharp exterior design. Slim LED headlights, along with the single-piece kidney grill dominate the front fascia of the 8 Series. Meanwhile, the rear gets L-shaped taillights and huge dual exhaust pipes that exit through the sporty rear bumper.
Serving as the centerpiece of the 8 Series Convertible is the electronic folding soft-top. The roof can be deployed or stowed away in as little 15 seconds at speeds of up to 48 km/h. When the roof is down, a wind deflector can be placed behind the front seats which reduces wind turbulence at high speeds.
Other available extras for the new 8 Series Convertible include the M Carbon Exterior Package, 12-speaker Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system and an all-glass trim for the gear selector, iDrive controller, engine start stop button and volume knob.
Two engine choices are available for the 8 Series Convertible. First up is a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 that churns out 530 PS and a whopping 750 Nm of torque. Power is then transferred to all four wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission. With those power figures, the droptop 8 Series can sprint from 0 – 97 km/h in only 3.8 seconds before reaching an electronically-governed top speed of 250 km/h.
For those that prefer diesel power for their droptop, there's the 3.0-liter twin-turbo inline-six. Like the eight-cylinder model, it is also mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and produces 320 PS with a stump-pulling 608 Nm of torque.
BMW will officially launch the all-new 8 Series Convertible to the public at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show.