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Ramping up: Production starts for AWD BMW 8 convertible

2019 BMW 8 SERIES CONVERTIBLE. It will be released in Europe in early 2019. Image: BMW Germany
2019 BMW 8 SERIES CONVERTIBLE. It will be released in Europe in early 2019. Image: BMW Germany

DINGOLFING, Germany – Four months after production of the new BMW 8 Series Coupé ramped up here comes the BMW 8 Series convertible.

It will be assembled alongside BMW 5 and 7 Series on a single assembly line after a multi-million line upgrade at the plant in in Lower Bavaria.

Driver and passengers will be protected from the elements by a classic soft-top, a multi-layered roof focused on weight-minimising design and ”superb acoustic insulation”. The standard folding roof will be black but an Anthracite Silver effect variant will be an option.

2019 BMW 8 SERIES CONVERTIBLE. It will be released in Europe in early 2019. Image: BMW Germany
2019 BMW 8 SERIES CONVERTIBLE. It will be released in Europe in early 2019. Image: BMW Germany

The soft-top can open/close fully automatically in 15 seconds.

A choice of two engines will be available when the cars reach showrooms in March 2019:

  • A V8 in the BMW M850i xDrive (combined possible fuel consumption: 9.9-10 litres/100km. This the latest generation of the 4.4-litre eight-cylinder has been completely re-developed to deliver 398kW / 750 Nm.
  • A BMW 840d xDrive which relies on a diesel engine (combined possible fuel consumption: 6.3-5.9 litres/100km) – described by BMW as ”unlike anything else in the competitive environment” – to deliver superior traction and low fuel-consumption. The three-litre in-line six will be capable of 240kW and an awesome 680Nm.

Power will be transmitted to the road through an eight-speed Steptronic sport gearbox and BMW xDrive ”intelligent” all-wheel drive and each will comply with Euro 6d TEMP emissions requirements.

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2019 BMW 8 SERIES CONVERTIBLE. It will be released in Europe in early 2019. Image: BMW Germany
2019 BMW 8 SERIES CONVERTIBLE. It will be released in Europe in early 2019. Image: BMW Germany

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