The BMW 8 Series Convertible has arrived in South Africa and we have specifications and pricing for this new product. Here's what you need to know.
The dust has barely settled after the BMW 8 Series coupe launch and now the convertible has arrived. That's not all though, as there's still an 8 Series Gran Coupe and a high-performance M8 due later in 2019 too.
As for the BMW 8 Series Convertible, it arrives in SA in just one flavour: M850i xDrive Convertible. Powered by the same 4.4-litre twin-turbocharged V8 engine as its coupe sibling, it produces 390 kW and 750 Nm. Power goes to all 4 wheels via an 8-speed Steptronic Sport transmission and an M Sport differential is fitted as standard. Performance is brisk, with a 0-100 kph claim of just 3.9 seconds with an economy claim of around 10 L/100 km.
Being a convertible, interest now turns to the roof and its mechanics. It's a soft-top which comes in black as standard, it can open and fully close in 15 seconds at speeds of up to 50 kph. Standard fare includes a wind deflector which can be set up in the rear-seat area to prevent unwanted air turbulence when driving with the top down. For an even greater feel-good factor when driving with the top down in cooler weather, the new BMW 8 Series Convertible is available with optional neck warmers whose air outlets are integrated into the front-seat head restraints. Other optional extras include climate seats, a Heat Comfort package with a heated steering wheel, and the BMW Display Key. Available as an optional alternative to the standard Harman Kardon Surround Sound System is the high precision and excellent sound quality of the Bowers & Wilkins Diamond Surround Sound System. And customers can also specify glass applications for selected controls and options from the BMW Individual range.
Other noteworthy standard features include a Head-Up Display, Driving Assist Professional, which comprises the Steering and lane control assist, Collision Warning, Lane Departure Warning and Lane Change Warning, Speed Limit Info and Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function. Also standard is the Parking Assist Plus, which includes a rear-view camera and the Reversing Assist.
When you sit behind the wheel, the first thing you'll notice is the new interface. Dubbed BMW Operating System 7.0, this modern and fully-digital instrument cluster elevates the cabin. It includes navigation and a multimedia system. There's also the new BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, which is activated by saying, "Hey BMW."
BMW 8 Series Convertible Price in South Africa (May 2019)
M850i xDrive Convertible R1 994 300