Say hello to the all-new BMW 8-Series Convertible

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by Vijay Pattni | Nov 4, 2018
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Like for like, here is a twin-turbo, convertible V8 BMW that’s over 100kg heavier and two-tenths slower to 100kph than its equivalent twin-turbo, coupe V8 BMW.

So, welcome everyone, to the inevitable: The new BMW 8-Series Convertible, the second variant in the all-new 8er line-up before the Gran Coupe arrives to complete the range.

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We’ve had the Coupe–and come away impressed by its technical ability but unsure of its specialness—and seen the M8 GTE racer. This Convertible features a folding cloth roof, said to offer superb sound insulation and one that “pulls taut over the interior when closed”. Well, you’d certainly hope so.

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In any case, said roof can be opened or closed in 15 seconds, at speeds of up to 50kph. In a “hush”. There’s a clean line to the profile with the roof down, culminating in that rear roof cover’s domes just behind the rear seats. There’s a wind deflector and the option of neck warmers; like Mercedes-Benz’s ‘air scarf’, this handy feature blows warm out through vents in the front-seat head restraints onto your neck. Winter is coming, after all.

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Changes over the 8-Series Coupe are few: There are new cross struts and a new shear panel for the underbody. And of course, rollover protection—two aluminum bars behind the rear-seat head restraints. Pray you will never need them.

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