BMW 8 Series Convertible Goes Official Before LA Auto Show

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For now its performance figures remain unknown - although we can expect the M850i convertible to sprint from 0-62mph in around four seconds, which would leave it three tenths behind the coupe. 0-100 km/h acceleration time is around 3.8 seconds and it can hit a top speed of just under 250 km/h. Regardless of the engine you go for, BMW will install an xDrive all-wheel drive setup and an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Each benefits from adaptive M Sport suspension as standard, although the M850i gets an electronically controlled locking differential included from the outset - it's an optional extra on the 840d, though. Those numbers are particularly impressive for the convertible as the vehicle weighs an SUV-like 4,736 pounds. Active steering also allows the rear wheels to turn up to 2.5 degrees.

The new BMW 8 Series Convertible blends ultra-sporty driving properties with distinctive design elegance and offers an extremely exclusive passport to hallmark BMW driving pleasure and a full-blooded open-top driving experience. Two oversized connected kidney grilles front a long hood with a short front overhang.

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The top requires 15 seconds to open and close, and it can operate at up to 30 miles per hour (48 kph). The Convertible is certain to be dearer than the $300,000-plus Coupe.

To protect passengers in the event of a crash, BMW uses an automatically activated rollover protection system. BMW built air vents into the front seat headrests that act as neck warmers. When the auto detects a rollover, the system can extend two aluminum roll bars from behind the rear headrests in a fraction of a second. Roof up, interior noise levels are nearly as low as the Coupe, according to BMW. Digital screens serve as the instrument cluster and infotainment hub and on the center console sit the gear lever and a rotary-dial controller. That's a $9,500 price hike over the M850i Coupe, but for well-heeled buyers who love open-top motoring, it's a small price to pay.

Drop-top flagship to launch globally from March 2019 joining coupe twin - Australian arrival scheduled for Q1 2019.

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