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With more than 30,000 units sold between 1989 and 1999, the sporty Series 8 still fails BMW stalwarts. Originally marketed as a two-door coupe, its return is planned in a convertible version for the next Los Angeles Auto Show, while the appearance in the US showroom is scheduled for March 2019.
The model, replacing the 6 Series, looks like a Mercedes-Benz S Class rival, will be launched in the M850i xDrive mode, powered by a 4.4-liter V8 dual turbocharged engine, an 8-speed automatic transmission speed and four-wheel drive (that's what "xDrive" means in the German brand's language).
The block produces 523 horsepower (HP) and 553 pounds / foot (750 Nm) torque, just like the M850i xDrive coupe. BMW said the convertible will move from zero to 60 miles (97 kilometers) per hour in 3.8 seconds, which is 0.2 seconds slower than Coupe. Both versions have a maximum speed of 155 miles (250 kilometers) per hour.
However, the M850i xDrive is not the one who says the last word in terms of performance. We know that the Bavarian manufacturer plans a more powerful M8 version of the 8 Series coup, so it's likely that the convertible model will finally get the same treatment.
Although BMW has elegantly adapted the style in Series 8 to suit the lack of ceilings, the overall effect is not too dramatic. A luxury cabriolet should make a statement about important styles, but as this issue has been preceded by a coupe, a concept, competition versions and several camouflage prototypes, the car is already quite familiar.
Anyway, from the house based in Munich, ensures that the "exterior and decor are harmoniously combined" and highlighting aspects such as "slightly rising shoulder line, the continuous gap between the windows and the hood".
The new family member has a flexible electric roof that can expand or return in 15 seconds at speeds up to 30 miles (48 kilometers) per hour. The hood is available in black as standard and silver Anthracite Silver effect as an option. The seats can also be fitted with a neck heater so that their passengers feel so funny even when the weather is getting cooler.
The convertible edition has the same long list of technical features as Series 8 in its coupe mode, including the adaptive headlights with the BMW LaserLight system, the adaptive suspension and integrated active steering, giving the range a higher maneuverability at parking speeds. The convertible can also use BMW's Open Mobility Cloud to connect to smart phones and clocks from Apple and Android, as well as Google Home and Amazon Alexa home devices.
IDrive's luxurious infotainment system includes a 10.25-inch screen and a 12.3-inch screen that takes the place of the traditional instrument cluster. The standard screen contains a night display feature reminiscent of a Cadillac DTS cabin from the beginning of the 2000s.
Finally, Series 8 Convertible is available with a series of assistants for the driver. The adaptive cruise control operates at speeds of up to 130 kilometers (210 kilometers) per hour and can brake the car to a complete stop and move away after being static for up to 30 seconds, says BMW.
According to the brand, a parking auxiliary function can automatically target 8 to parking spaces. Other remarkable attributes include autonomous emergency braking, lane change warning and lane maintenance assistance.
In terms of safety, the BMW frame provided a rigid construction with a special reinforcement and special protective measures for the passengers, such as a reinforced windscreen and rollover protection used with a pyrotechnic charge behind the rear seat.
The BMW 8 Series Convertible Series will make its public debut in 2018 in the main hall of California, during the last week of November, although sales will not begin until the end of winter, around next March. The price starts at $ 122,395 (including the mandatory destination fee of $ 995), ie $ 9,500 more than the Coupe version.