We’ve seen countless spy photos of the BMW 8-Series Convertible over the past few months and now we’re finally getting a… naked look at the upcoming model.
While the car isn’t complete – as it lacks a rear bumper, taillights and wheels – it gives us a better idea of what to expect when the 8-Series is officially unveiled on June 15th. The front of the car is obscured but we can see the 8-Series will have expressive bodywork that features a recessed area beneath the door handles.
Moving further back, there’s subtle curves and cutouts for slender LED taillights. The rear deck is broken up into two sections, like on the 6-Series Convertible, and the forward compartment will store the car’s retractable soft top. The rear compartment is the trunk opening and it looks relatively shallow in these spy photos.
BMW has been slowing releasing details about the car and the automaker recently confirmed plans for a high-performance M850i xDrive. That particular model will use a 4.4-liter V8 engine that develops 530 PS (390 kW / 523 hp) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque. This is 68 PS (50 kW / 67 hp) and 100 Nm (73 lb-ft) more than the previous 650i.
Additional engines will also be available and the new X5 gives us a pretty good idea about what to expect. While the crossover and convertible don’t have much in common, it wouldn’t be surprising if the X5’s turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine finds its way under the hood of the 8-Series. It produces 340 PS (250 kW / 335 hp) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque – a 20 PS (14 kW / 19 hp) increase over the previous 640i.
Of course, the real star of the show will be the new M8 which will have a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V8 engine developing at least 600 PS (441 kW / 592 hp) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque. However, some reports have suggested its rating could match the M5 Competition which has 625 PS (460 kW / 617 hp) and 750 Nm (553 lb-ft) of torque.