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What We Know About The 2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible

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BMW has revived its 8-Series coupe as seen at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. Its dedicated racing version even competed in the prestigious race for GTE class for production-based cars. The flagship car will be seen in BMW showroom starting December and those with $112,895 to spare can have it in the M850i trim.

That’s not all. BMW is also treating us to a convertible version of the 8-Series. The original 8-Series, of course, never treated us to a convertible model so this is a welcome treat for BMW fans. We did get a prototype, but it never went into full production mode. That’s about to change now as a convertible version of the 8-Series was spotted.

The soft-top BMW 8-Series convertible has been spotted going around and it actually revealed way more details than we have anticipated. It makes sense for the German automaker to use a soft-top instead of a hardtop to keep the weight of the car down and preserve the original silhouette of the coupe version.

Similar to the coupe version, the soft-top convertible uses BMW’s CLAR modular platform. There are no clear details yet on the engine options for the 8-Series convertible but we expect to see the M850i coupe’s new twin-turbocharged 4.4-liter V-8 making 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. There should be one engine lower than the turbocharged 4.4-liter unit and we know for a fact that BMW plans on making a high-performance M8 convertible in the future.

The 8-Series range will be produced at BMW’s main plant in Dingolfing, Germany. The coupe should arrive in showrooms in December while the convertible will likely arrive next spring. Once in the market, the 8-Series will be competing with the Maserati GranTurismo Convertible and Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet.

After the 8-Series Convertible, BMW plans on making an 8-Series Gran Coupe while the sedan variant is due out next year.

Check out the new spy video of the upcoming BMW 8-Series Convertible here:

4 Things We Learned About The 2020 BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe

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After we have spotted prototypes for the BMW 8-Series Convertible, we are now being treated to some spy shots of the 8-Series Gran Coupe. By the looks of it, the Gran Coupe is more likely to be a sedan than an actual coupe. This model is due to fill the gaps that the 6-Series Gran Coupe will leave after it gets phased out by the German automaker.

Exterior

We know a little bit about how this car will look, thanks to the M8 Gran Coupe concept unveiled in March. We can also expect an M8 version to be launched with the regular one. Just like the 8-Series coupe, the Gran Coupe will have a low roof and wide, muscular shoulders, which may mean an option for a three-seat bench in the rear.

Interior

We expect nothing less from BMW when it comes to cabin elegance and luxury. The digital screens serve as instrument cluster and the entertainment hub. Right smack on the center console would be a gear lever and a rotary-dial controller. There will be plenty of technology, of course, but the German brand hasn’t let us on it yet. If you want to know what to expect from the Gran Coupe’s cabin, take a look at the previously revealed 2019 M850i xDrive coupe’s interior.

Platform

BMW will use the CLAR modular platform that started with the 2016 7-Series. The multi-material design of the platform is meant to shed weight, but the Gran Coupe might still be a tad heavy compared to others. The coupe weighs 4,478 pounds in the M850i disguise, so the Gran Coupe will likely be heavier. This CLAR platform will also make the car compatible with electric powertrains.

Engines

We have no details on the engines that would be offered but expect the same 4.4-liter twin-turbocharged V8 found in the M850i coupe. That one makes 523 horsepower. There might also be an option for a 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 and the M8 will get M850i’s V8 engine with over 600 horsepower. We also expect that a plug-in hybrid will be introduced.

Check out the new spy shots of the upcoming BMW 8-Series Gran Coupe in the gallery below:

2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible Images Leaked

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The new 2019 BMW 8 Series Convertible isn’t due for a reveal until the middle of next year, but we’re lucky enough to see its spy shots. The car was without its camouflage and was being driven around Loch Assynt in Scotland. Clearly, this was a secret photoshoot that would be used for marketing purposes later.

Regardless, we love to see the BMW 8 Series Convertible in all its glory. The drop-top version has a large kidney grille, chiseled front bumper, and slim LED headlamps similar with the coupe version revealed at the Le Mans 24 Hours endurance race last month. At the back, the wide taillights and gaping chrome exhausts also remain. All these point out to one thing: the model we see here is the range-topping M850i.

The model will be using a fabric roof to save on weight, which is essential because of the extra weight that comes from strengthening the flanks to make up for the “reduced structural integrity” due to the loss of the fixed roof. Overall, this drop-top version will weigh around 2,000kg.

The engine lineup will be similar with the coupe. The base model BMW 8 Series Convertible would be a 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel motor that can make 320 horsepower. The range-topping M850i variants will get a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine that produces 530 horsepower and can go 0 to 62mph in 4 seconds. That is slightly higher than the coupe’s 3.7 seconds because the convertible is on the heavier side.

All of the models will use BMW’s xDrive four-wheel-drive system, as well as an eight-speed automatic transmission. The M850i will also have an active rear-wheel steering, a sports exhaust, and a limited-slip differential on the rear axle.

Before the 8 Series Convertible makes it full debut, however, the German automaker will first unleash the all-new 3 Series Saloon, the Z4 roadster, and the X7 SUV.

Photos by: Iain Pollo via AutoExpress

BMW Starts Production Of 8 Series

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The range-topping, two-door BMW 8 Series has finally entered production, and the German automaker revealed the prices for the coupe. The car will be manufactured in the car’s Dingolfing, Germany plant, which BMW spent hundreds of millions of Euros to update.

The plant is spruced up to include more automated processes to make the production of the cars more efficient. It installed autonomous tugger trains that can carry door assembly parts to the line while robots check for gaps and misalignments on the finish line.

The new 2019 BMW 8 Series coupe is fitted with a 4.4-liter twin-turbo V-8 engine that makes 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque. This engine is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and an all-wheel-drive system that has a rear-wheel bias. The German automaker said it can go from 0 to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. It has a top speed of 155 mph.

The total curb weight of the coupe is 4,478 pounds and this is made possible by a number of lightweight materials, including steel, plastic, aluminum, and carbon fiber. These are used throughout the body while the roof, doors, front firewall, and supporting structures are made of aluminum. Owners can also opt for the roof to be made of carbon-fiber-reinforced plastic, which is a first in a series-production BMW model.

Standard to the new 8 Series will be full LED headlights with laser light technology, special leather upholstery, a 16-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, Adaptive M Suspension with active-roll stabilization, M Sport brakes, and park assist. Owners, however, will be able to opt for the following: an upgraded Bowers & Wilkins Diamond surround sound system and glass controls for the gear selector.

The BMW 8 Series will enter the production stage with the 5 Series and the 7 Series. When it launches, it will be available in the M850i xDrive trim. Prices for the model will have a starting price tag of $112,895.

 

3 Ways The 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible Will Amaze Us

Xtomi Design's rendering of the 2020 BMW 8-Series Convertible.

X-Tomi Design’s rendering of the 2020 BMW 8 Series Convertible.

The BMW 8 Series is back and it will officially replace the 6 Series. The 8 Series will be revived both in racing and full production forms. A BMW 8 Series Convertible model is expected to follow soon, and X-Tomi Design just came up with a rendering of the car.

1. Exterior

The 8 Series convertible will have a wide and low stance, making it look a lot like the coupe version. The electrically retractable soft top is made from fabric, and it will be the replacement for the roof that’s on the coupe model. The majority of the body will be like the coupe version—from the new kidney grille design on the nose down to the long wheelbase and set of air vents placed behind the front wheels.

The rear end will set the convertible apart from the coupe though because its trunk lid has to accommodate the retractable top.

2. Interior

The rendering shows that the interior of the convertible will be similar to the coupe version, too. That means high-end materials such as leather and aluminum are going to be used on the dashboard, the side panels, and the seats. The horizontal orientation of the Bimmer’s new dashboard and center console will be an added bonus since a lot of users have come to love the layout.

The screen behind the dashboard will be measured 12.3 inches while the digital infotainment screen is a 10.25-inch display on the center console. There will be a bevy of technology such as safety standards and more advanced systems like the gesture control.

3. Powertrain

The convertible will carry over the coupe’s twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8, which is also known as the N63. The unit can produce 523 horsepower and 553 pound-feet of torque in the coupe. The output for the convertible will likely be the same.

The engine of the 8 Series can reach 60 mph from a complete standstill in just 3.6 seconds while its top speed is 155 mph.

3 Important Things To Know About The All-New BMW 8 Series Coupe

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Finally, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class will have a tough competition ahead. The all-new BMW 8 Series coupe is expected to be released in the UK in November this year.

Exterior

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The BMW 8 Series is a sporty vehicle, but it has a flatter nose than what was shown in the concept car and the grilles are also smaller. The fender vents and the corner air intakes, which we expect to be a little more on the aggressive side, have been toned down, design-wise.

Moving to the side, the side skirts are more aggressive but it doesn’t scream sports car to us. The mirrors and the headlights are bigger, but the taillights lost the 3D effect we have come to expect.

On the rear end, the new fascia contributed to that aggressive styling. Other notable changes are the revised license plates recess, the more attractive diffuser-like element, and the rectangular exhaust outlets.

Interior

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The cabin is as sporty as it can get. The tri-color design adds a touch of elegance to an already stunning BMW 8 Series. The instrument cluster is not the same as the one in the concept, seeing as it has more buttons than necessary. The seat design looks comfortable and will give the Mercedes a run for its money.

The BMW 8 Series uses a pair of digital displays to dominate its interior. The instrument cluster is 12.3 inches while the infotainment display that hovers over the center stack is 10.25 inches. The coupe comes standard with cruise control (with braking function), Collision and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking, Head-Up display to go with Active Park Distance Control, and Microsoft Office integration.

Powertrain

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The BMW 8 Series coupe will come with 840d, a diesel-powered, inline-six toting powerhouse or the M850i with a 523-horsepower V-8. The M850i should be able to hit 62 mph in 3.7 seconds, thanks to its capacity to produce 553 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, the diesel engine could produce 320 horsepower and 501 pound-feet of torque. It can hit 62 mph in 4.9 seconds.

BMW 8 Series Reveals More With Thinner Camouflage

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We’ve been talking nonstop about this particular luxury coupe ever since BMW teased us mercilessly with the BMW 8 Series concept. Now, we can have a closer look at the 8 Series after the German company decided to fit it with new and thinner camouflage.

At first glance of the new BMW 8 Series spy shots, what we can tell is that the car will have a curvy and lean body, but it won’t be as aggressive as its concept version.

How The Front End Changed

Probably the biggest difference between the 8 Series concept and these spy photos is how the front of the coupe looks like. The concept showed a twin-kidney grille that sits low in the fascia, resulting to a dramatic drooping hood. The spy photos showed that the production version of the luxury coupe has a more conventional look with the grille downsized and raised up. The headlights are less squinty, the side vents in the lower fascia are toned down, the flanks on the sides are less curved, and the side vents are smaller.

What The Back End Looks Like

What remains from the concept is the long, gently sloping fastback roof. It trails into a subtle slope down the trunk lid. The difference comes in the form of a larger set of headlights on the production model rather than on the 8 Series concept. The tail is flatter, and lacks that sculpted masculinity shown on the concept. The exhaust outlets, which were integrated into the rear bumper (this was carried over), have been moved to the far corners.

When The 8 Series Finally Arrives

The production car for the 8 Series is supposed to arrive in 2020, though we’re expecting it to make its debut in 2019 because the concept was also shown a year earlier. Two other variants will be available—convertible and M variants. A racing version might be under development too.

2020 BMW 8-Series Convertible Caught in a Spy Video

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A new video surfaced showing a new convertible from BMW. The source said it will be the 2020 BMW 8-Series Convertible. The auto will be the automaker’s response to the Mercedes-Benz S-Class Cabriolet.

According to Motor Authority, BMW is working on a replacement for the 6-Series coupe and convertible models. The cars will be positioned higher in the hierarchy of the automaker’s vehicles. The report claimed the vehicles will be under the 8-Series range.

Supporting the article is the earlier confirmation of BMW about the move. It was revealed last May during the launch of the 8-Series Concept at the 2017 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este.

The source noted that BMW never released a convertible variant for its original 8-Series. However, it appears that the plan was just shelved because a prototype of the convertible version existed in the past.

The spy video shows the BMW 8-Series Convertible with a soft top. The report pointed out that it might only be a ruse to hide the retractable hard top of the car.

It seems that the vehicle rides on the carbon fiber CLAR platform of the brand. The unit was used in the 2016 BMW 7-Series.

The post said that BMW trademark documents suggest that the 8-Series will spawn 850, 860 and M850 models. The range will be carrying V8 and V12 engines.

The M Performance version of the 8-Series will most probably get the new 4.4-liter twin-turbo V8 engine, which will be showcased this year in the upcoming BMW M5. The power of the auto will be distributed via an 8-speed automatic transmission and paired with the M division’s latest M xDrive all-wheel drive system.

It is not clear when the unveiling of the new BMW 8-Series Convertible will take place. The source discussed that it might be in 2018.

Spy Video of the BMW 8-Series Convertible

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Spy Shots Of 2020 BMW 8-Series are Out

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We now have the first spy shots of the coupe BMW is working on in the hopes of reviving their 8-series name. The German automaker hinted of their plans last March when senior executives said BMW are planning to add more high-end models to their lineup.

One of these models will be simply called as the 8-series. The other one will be an i8 Spyder.

Based on the spy shots, the BMW 8-series will have a low roof and wide, muscular shoulders that we can vividly remember seeing in Aston Martin’s DB9, which also features four seats arranged in a 2+2 format—the same one we’re bound to see in BMW’s new 8-series.

The German automaker will reportedly be working alongside the Italian design house Pininfarina for the 8-series. Pininfarina is the same partner that developed the Gran Lusso Coupe, a modern successor to the 8-series in 2013. That partnership between BMW and Pininfarina is thought to hint at the finer design elements of the new 8-series.

What we do know for now is that the platform for the new 8-series will be BMW’s carbon-infused CLAR design, which debuted in the 2016 7-series. This ensures the 8-series will have a low curb weight and compatibility with electrified powertrains. Thanks to the latest in next-generation gesture control, it should also come packed with an amazing infotainment technology that passengers will enjoy.

The latest fillings from BMW might be a glimpse into what the 8-series can have— V-8, V-12, M Performance and dedicated M options. The fillings included “850”, “860”, “M850” and “M8.” The M8, according to speculations, might have a high-performance hybrid system known as the Power eDrive plug-in hybrid.

As for the system, the new 8-series will most probably combine a turbocharged inline-4 with a pair of electric motors for a combined output of 670 horsepower. The V12 models should have a 600-horsepower twin-turbocharged 6.0-liter engine from the latest M760i xDrive.

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