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BMW US updates its 8-Series convertibles and coupes for 2020

BMW EIGHTS: Image: Supplied

WOODCLIFF GLADE, New Jersey – BMW America has added the inline, six-cylinder,  840i and 840i xDrive Coupes and Convertibles to its 2020 8 Series model year range.

They join the recently announced 840i and 840i xDrive Gran Coupes and the eight-cylinder M850i xDrive Coupe, Convertible, and Gran Coupe models for 2020. Production for all the coming year’s 8 Series models will start this month (July 2019) and be launched in the US in September.

Prices in the US will start at $87 900 for the 840i Coupe, $90 800 for the 840i xDrive Coupe, $97 400 for the 840i Convertible and $100 300 for the 840i xDrive Convertible.

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”The shell,” BMW says, ”exudes a very sporting form with an air of exclusiveness and sensual allure. Their unique aura is the result of a new styling language focusing on emotional engagement.”

An almost fully covered underbody, active air-flap control with adjustable kidney grille slats, and air curtains will, the automaker says, ”help to reduce aerodynamic drag”. Narrow exterior mirror bases, mounted directly on the side window weather strips. will ease airflow.

BMW EIGHTS: Image: Supplied

The 840i and 840i xDrive models each come standard with diode headlights with BMW LaserLight technology said to be the slimmest headlights of any BMW model to date. Both light tubes tandem as daytime driving lights and the low/high beam.

”No missing the brand,” BMW says.

The upper shell is sharply tapered at the rear, accentuating the shoulder line. The elongated quarter windows terminate in a very tightly-angled version of the iconic Hofmeister kink “counter-swing”. The long, heavily-raked, rear window on the 8 Series Coupe is, BMW says, ”a classic design feature of high-performance luxury sports coupes of yesteryear”.

POWERED SOFT TOP

The rear end is composed of sculptured surfaces that emphasise the car’s width and low centre of gravity. The slender, all-LED, rear L-shaped light clusters extend deep into the flanks adding to this effect. Twin exhaust tailpipes with a trapezoidal design are positioned either side of the rear tail section.

The powered soft-top has multiple layers of fabric to insulate the occupants from exterior noise and the elements but and help to reduce weight from the upper section of the vehicles.

The roof can be raised or lowered in 15sec at up to 50km/h using a button on the centre console. Neck warmers will be available.

S0RRY, THEY’RE SPEED-LIMITED

The 840i and 840i xDrive Coupe and Convertible models will have the latest iteration of BMW’s TwinPower three-litre, inline, six-cylinder turbo engine capable of . Weighing 13 lbs less than its predecessor, the new engine produces 250kW from 5000-6500rpm/450Nm from 1600-4500rpm.

The product is 0-100km/h in 4.7sec or 4.4sec depending on model. All units will be speed-limited – according to tyres selected – to 210 or  250km/h.

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