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BMW 8 Series Convertible debuts: ?523-hp M850i xDrive starts at $122,395

BMW 8 Series Convertible debuts: ?523-hp M850i xDrive starts at $122,395 BMW 8 Series Convertible debuts: ?523-hp M850i xDrive starts at $122,395
Sherri Watson | 04 November, 2018, 21:08

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.

One of them is the 390 kW (530 hp), 750 Nm (553 lb-ft), 4.4-liter petrol V8 that animates the BMW M850i xDrive Convertible, while the other presents itself as a 3-liter inline-six diesel unit making 235 kW (320 hp) and 680 Nm (501 lb-ft).

BMW said the M850i xDrive Convertible will sprint to 60 miles per hour in 3.8 seconds, or about 0.2 seconds slower than the coupe, and both models are said to be capabke of reaching a governed top speed of 155 miles per hour. Yes, that's slower than the Coupe but then again, the drop top is considerably heavier too.

BMW are expected to make their new 8 Series Convertible at the 2018 LA Auto Show which takes place between the 30th of November and the 9th of December, as soon as we get some more details about the vehicle, we will let you guys know. An M8 from BMW M is also in the pipeline. After all, the M4 with the Competition Package is just as fast, and people buying this auto won't necessarily go drag racing with it. The intelligent transmission also takes input from the navigation system to improve efficiency and driving dynamics based on the route.

Both cars come with BMW's all-wheel-drive xDrive technology and share the same eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox. Electronically controlled dampers continuously change compression and rebound based on the driving circumstances to maximize either comfort or sporty driving. The cover also features subtle nacelles that evoke the coupe's double-bubble roof design.

The four-seater cabriolet has a soft-top roof with fully electric operation, opening and closing at the touch of a button and when traveling at up to 50km/h (31mph). BMW built air vents into the front seat headrests that act as neck warmers. Digital screens serve as the instrument cluster and infotainment hub and on the center console sit the gear lever and a rotary-dial controller.

For those who are willing to forgo the swept-back roofline of the coupe for a drop-top, BMW is charging $9,500 extra.