BMW unveils the new 8-Series convertible


BMW recently unveiled the 8-Series drop top convertible which is essentially a soft top version of the standard 8-Series. The convertible shares it’s underpinnings like the powertrain and chassis with the regular 8-Series. The convertible is offered with two variants depending on the engine options. The 840d xDrive is powered by a 3-litre, in-line six cylinder diesel engine that consists of a multi-stage turbo charging and common rail direction injection with piezo injectors. The maximum power output is 320bhp while the peak torque is at 680Nm. The car can sprint from 0-100kmph in 5.2 seconds.

The M540i xDrive is powered by the M Performance Twin Power Turbo technology that includes two twin-scroll turbochargers. The 4.4 litre 8-cylinder V8 petrol engine produces a maximum power output of 530bhp and a peak torque of 750Nm. The car can sprint from 0-100kmph in 3.9 seconds. Both the petrol and the diesel engines are mated to an eight-speed steptronic transmission.

The new BMW 8 Series Convertible comes as standard with mixed tyres and an adaptive M suspension with electronically controlled dampers. The metered spring and damping responses aids the driver with relevant information related to the road surface. The standard integral active steering is used with an aim to reduce the car’s turning circle when manoeuvring while it also increases agility and is claimed to optimize poise and assurance when changing lanes and cornering at high speeds.

Standard equipment includes the head-up display along with other driving assistant features which comprises of the collision warning and pedestrian warning system with city braking function, lane departure warning and lane change warning, speed limit info, rear cross traffic alert and rear collision warning. Among the items on the options list are active cruise control with stop & go function, driving assistant professional (extra features include the steering and lane control assistant) and BMW night vision. Also standard is the parking assistant, which includes a rear-view camera and the reversing assistant.

The new BMW 8 Series convertible comes as standard with the BMW Live Cockpit professional. This includes a navigation and multimedia system, a fully digital, high-resolution instrument cluster behind the steering wheel with a screen diagonal of 12.3 inches and a control display measuring 10.25 inches across. The new BMW operating system 7.0 stands out with its cutting-edge, digital functions tailored precisely to the driver’s requirements. When it comes to intuitive operation options, drivers can choose from touchscreen functionality via the control display, the iDrive controller, buttons on the steering wheel and voice control. Another element of the operating system is the BMW intelligent personal assistant. Activated by the voice prompt “Hey BMW”, this digital companion assists the driver in operating the car’s functions and gains more skills all the time thanks to seamless updates via the remote software upgrade facility.


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