With striking design modifications to the exterior and an interior that has been further developed in numerous details, premium carmaker BMW has honed the profile of its luxury sports cars. A redesigned front section makes for an exterior look that is as dynamic as it is elegant. In addition, all model variants of the new BMW 8-Series Convertible come with an M sports package as standard. This means that the interior likewise conveys an even more intensely focused impression of driving pleasure. Operating convenience and connectivity are optimised by an enlarged 12.3-inch Control Display for the BMW iDrive system. More than ever, the luxury sports cars of the BMW 8-Series embody a passion for inspiring performance and exclusive style. The BMW “Iconic Glow” kidney, which is standard on all model variants, now adds a particularly expressive accentuation to the exterior. On the inside, the BMW Individual Merino leather upholstery – now a standard feature – contributes to the luxurious ambience. The new edition of the BMW 8-Series provides a particularly emotional boost for the brand’s current model offensive in the luxury performance segment. There are three individual vehicle characters to choose from, each of them offering its own distinctive interpretation of this fascinating combination of sporty flair and luxury. The BMW 8-Series Convertible combines sporting performance with the very highest level of exclusivity as well as the distinctive appeal of open-top driving pleasure. Its classic textile soft top can be opened or closed fully automatically in 15 seconds at the touch of a button. The series is rounded off with a vehicle concept that combines typical BMW dynamic performance with a clear bonus in terms of space and long-distance suitability.
Strikinglydesigned surfaces and precisely traced lines ensure sporty elegance in the body design of the three models of the BMW 8-Series in line with the brand’s current design style. Their appearance signals dynamic performance, exclusivity and progressive aesthetics. Regardless of the body shape, the BMW 8-Series stands for an unmistakable style that makes a lasting impression. Just a few weeks after the market launch of the third body variant, the entire BMW 8-Series was awarded the “Golden Steering Wheel” as the “Best-Looking Car of the Year” based on a reader survey by Auto Bild and Bild am Sonntag. The BMW 8-Series Coupé comes over as a low-slung vehicle with an elongated silhouette and a roof line that flows elegantly into the powerful rear. A widely flared shoulder section and wide track widths signal the dynamic driving potential of the two-door model. Its roof – optionally made of carbon fibre reinforced plastic (CFRP) – features a central indentation reminiscent of the double curvature known as the “double bubble” in classic racing cars. The BMW 8-Series Convertible also features dynamic lines with its tight-fitting tension-bar soft top. The soft top lies flat in its compartment when opened. When the roof is open, the harmonious design of the exterior and interior comes into full view. The vehicle’s occupants are surrounded by coherently designed surfaces that extend from the dashboard to the door sills and from the rear to the soft-top compartment.
There are several options when it comes to choosing an individual experience of the exclusive dynamic performance offered by a BMW 8-Series – not only in terms of the diversity of vehicle concepts but also based on drive technology. Three engines are available for each of the luxury sports cars. At the top of the model range are the BMW M850i xDrive Coupé the BMW M850i xDrive Convertible and the BMW M850i xDrive Gran Coupé. These models put the power of their 4.4-litre, 390 kW/530 hp V8 engine on the road with the help of intelligent all-wheel drive. Pulling power, efficiency and superior driving pleasure characterise the drive technology in the BMW 840d xDrive Coupé and the BMW 840d xDrive Convertible and in the BMW 840d xDrive Gran Coupé. Its 3.0-litre in-line 6-cylinder diesel engine generates a maximum output of 250 kW/340 hp. The spontaneous power delivery, fuel consumption and emissions response of the turbo diesel power unit are additionally optimised by the use of 48-volt mild hybrid technology. The 3.0 litre in-line 6-cylinder petrol engine in the BMW 840i xDrive Coupé models and the BMW 840i xDrive Convertible and the BMW 840i xDrive Gran Coupé transmits its drive torque to all four wheels. Alternatively, the 245 kW/333 hp engine can also be combined in the BMW 840i Coupé models the BMW 840i Convertible and the BMW 840i Gran Coupé with classic rear-wheel drive.
The standard equipment of the new BMW 8-Series Coupé, the new BMW 8-Series Convertible and the new BMW 8-Series Gran Coupé includes the BMW Live Cockpit Professional. Its fully digital display network consists of a 12.3-inch instrument cluster behind the steering wheel and a Control Display whose screen diagonal has now increased in size from 10.25 to 12.3 inches. The touch function of the amply-sized on-board monitor enables particularly fast, convenient and intuitive operation of numerous vehicle functions. The BMW Live Cockpit Professional includes the online-based navigation system BMW Maps, the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, the BMW Head-Up Display, wireless smartphone integration via wireless LAN and a multimedia system. In addition, the standard equipment including hi-fi speaker system, telephony with wireless charging, the BMW Display Key and comfort access underscores both the luxurious and progressive character of the new BMW 8-Series models. The choice of standard and optional systems for automated driving and parking is also extensive. The new BMW 8-Series features Driving Assistant as standard, including front collision alert, lane change warning and lane departure warning, as well as the traffic sign recognition function Speed Limit Info with No Passing Indicator.
The M sports package – which is standard in all models of the new BMW 8-Series – also gives the interior an aura that is geared towards focused driving pleasure. Other contributing factors in addition to the M leather steering wheel are the anthracite – coloured M roof liner, the M pedals in stainless steel, the M driver’s footrest and specific floor mats. The illuminated door sill trims and the display in the instrument cluster feature the BMW M Automobile model inscription “M850i” and the M logo respectively. In conjunction with the M Sports Package Pro for the 6-cylinder models and the M Performance Package for the 8-cylinder models, the interior design is complemented with black seat belts bearing accent stripes in the colours of BMW M GmbH. In addition, the basic equipment of the 6-cylinder model variants has been extended to include the multifunction seats previously only standard in the BMW M 850i xDrive Coupé, the BMW M 850i xDrive Convertible and the BMW M 850i xDrive Gran Coupé. The multifunction seats offer not only excellent lateral support during dynamic cornering but also a high level of long-distance comfort. Their range of functions includes a lumbar support. The headrests are visually integrated in the backrests and can be adjusted both in height and depth as required. Adjustment of the seat position, backrest width and thigh support is electrically operated. The memory function for the driver’s and front passenger’s seats is also a standard feature.
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