BMW 8 Series Convertible revealed

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2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible Loses Its Roof, Still Looks Lovely

But whether BMW decides to sell the 8 Series Convertible in Thailand is another thing because open-top cars don't really suit the hot climate. There's a range-topping M850i, powered by a 4.4-litre twin-turbo V8 developing a meaty 523bhp and 553lb ft of torque. According to BMW's estimates, it will do 0 to 60 in 3.8 seconds and has a limited top speed of 155 miles per hour.

The 8 Series Convertible, like its coupe sibling, will offer a suite of active safety and driver assistance technologies out of the box, including a head-up display, autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, speed sign recognition, rear cross-traffic alert, and rear collision warning.

The 8 Series model's stretched, low-slung silhouette is even more pronounced in the convertible version when it has the top down - check out our big photo gallery right here. An M8 from BMW M is also in the pipeline.

On paper, it will be one of the fastest convertibles you can buy.

The V8 engine works in tandem with a next-generation 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission that boasts a wider gear ratio spread; paddle shifters are mounted on the steering wheel.

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Each benefits from adaptive sports 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.

Like in the Coupe, there are two versions for the Convertible initially both with eight-speed automatic and xDrive all-wheel drive.

Roof opens and closes in 15 seconds at the touch of a button and when travelling at up to 50 km/h.

Other than the roof, the 8 Series Convertible shares all the components and equipment with the 8 Series Coupe. When the vehicle detects a rollover, the system can extend two aluminum roll bars from behind the rear headrests in a fraction of a second. This means the interior will feature BMW's new OS7.0 infotainment along with a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Its starting price is set at $122,395, representing a $9,500 premium on the M850i xDrive coupe hitting showrooms in December.

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